Thursday, February 18, 2016

UIS and partners honored for Massive Open Online Course focused on patient care

The University of Illinois Springfield and three partners were honored with the Innovative Initiative Award from the Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) during a presentation on February 12, 2016.

UIS partnered with the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council (IHHC), the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “One Patient, One Team: Palliative Care Approaches Across the Continuum”.

Over 200 people participated in the free online course, which aimed to showcase best practices in the field of Palliative Care and encourage continuing education and networking between medical professionals in order to establish “caretaking teams” in order to reduce hospital readmissions.

The council chose to honor the MOOC because it met a community need, was unique to continuing higher education and can be easily replicated in other areas.

ICCHE is a comprehensive organization of continuing higher education representing all regions of the state of Illinois. Founded in 1975, ICCHE is the only organization in Illinois whose membership includes two and four year colleges and universities, both public and private.

The course is still available online for those who wish to learn more. The course may be found at

For more information, contact Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS), at 217/206-8303 or

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