Frequently Asked Questions

How much do the courses cost?
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Nothing, they are free!

What is a MOOC?
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A MOOC is a massive open online course. Massive, because it attracts a cohort larger than traditional university courses; Open, because it's free; Online, because you can access it on the Web from anywhere in the world; and Course because … it's a course.

Are there any pre-requisites for the courses?
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Yes, sometimes there are pre-requisites. You will need to check the course details to determine these. For example, the Physiotherapy MOOC requires participants to be either enrolled in a physiotherapy course or have completed a physiotherapy course. Pre-requisites are sometimes set to ensure the online discussions are appropriate.

When will the next course start?
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The next course will commence in May 2016. It will be for physiotherapists.

Will I need to log on at particular times?
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No. There is no live or real-time material, so you can log on and complete the content at any time within the 5 week time frame of the course. Therefore, you can complete the course if you are in a different time zone, or wish to participate at different times of the day.

Who will benefit from doing these courses?
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These courses are primarily intended for students and junior clinicians interested in spinal cord injuries. You will need to check the course details to see the intended audience of the different courses run through this website.

Are the courses fully online?
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Yes, the courses have been designed to allow participants to complete all content online.

How long do the courses go for?
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The courses typically run for 5 weeks.

How many hours a week will I need to dedicate to the courses?
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Approximately 3 hours per week. There will be additional reading and learning activities for those who wish to do more.

How many people will be doing the courses at once?
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The number of people doing any particular course may vary from 80 to 4,000. The first physiotherapy course we ran had 3,500 people.

How often do the courses run?
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The courses will run periodically throughout each year. The discipline-specific courses will probably run each year. The courses will be advertised through the ISCoS website.

Do I receive a certificate of completion?
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Yes, if you pass the final test you will automatically be able to download a free certificate of completion/participation.

Are there exams or assignments?
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Yes there is a final test.

Can I use a tablet, such as an iPad, or my mobile phone to access the course?
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Yes, you will be able to access and read all the content on tablets and mobile devices.