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December 16, 2020 Wednesday 12:29:40 PM IST

Thousands enroll in YSN’s first online course

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More than 4,000 online learners have already enrolled in Yale School of Nursing’s (YSN) first Coursera offering, “Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care.” YSN faculty members Dr. Michelle Telfer, DNP, MPH, CNM, FACNM and Dr. Joan Combellick, ’91 MSN, PhD, MPH, CNM designed the self-paced course for health administrators, policy makers, clinicians, and advocates. The course is based on a landmark 2014 Lancet series co-authored by Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery Dr. Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN.  In the early stages of brainstorming the material that would ultimately become the Coursera course, Telfer and Combellick developed a pilot program run with participants from YSN and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where Telfer maintains multiple clinical and academic partnerships.

Kennedy and Dean Ann Kurth ’90 MSN, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN secured funding for the early iteration through the Goldsmith Foundation, and after the pilot the team knew they wanted to reach the widest possible audience. Tapping into Coursera’s global network of 73 million online learners would be a new adventure for the school, but Telfer and Combellick were ready for the challenge. When the SARS-CoV-2 virus hit the East Coast and shut down YSN and Yale, the team needed to adapt quickly if they still wanted to publish during the Year of the Nurse & Midwife. Most of the international contributors had already filmed their segments, but there were other opportunities that would have to wait until the 2.0 version.

Online learners can audit the course for free or get full access and a certificate for $49. Sign up at Coursera.org. External link:  https://www.coursera.org

(Content Courtesy: https://nursing.yale.edu/news/thousands-enroll-ysns-first-coursera-course)