Sean Fisher is the face of the ABLE XSeries.
Sean Fisher is the face of the ABLE XSeries.
6 December 2016

A world-first series of free online courses designed to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability is again open for registration.

The ABLE XSeries, developed by a team of online learning specialists from The University of Queensland’s UQx and The Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD), had reached a large and responsive audience since its initial release in March 2016, said QCIDD Director Professor Nick Lennox.

“It’s astonishing that the series attracted more than 7000 learners from 135 countries around the world,” he said.

“It reflects the global need for information about the health of people with intellectual disability.

“The insightful comments from the learners in the discussions reinforced our commitment to informing the global community of the healthcare needs of this vulnerable population.

“In particular, learners reported that the courses provided useful information about the needs of people with intellectual disability and how to best advocate on their behalf.”

The series of three free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is designed to help all those involved in supporting people with intellectual disability to optimise their health and healthcare. 

It seeks to improve the knowledge and skills of people with intellectual disability, their families, and their health and disability care providers.

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UQ has attracted more than 1.2 million learner registrations for its UQx MOOCs since joining the edX Consortium as a charter member in 2013.

UQx represents UQ’s engagement with edX, the world’s largest non-profit MOOC provider, established by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012.

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