Parents flock to free online course on autism

Posted by: webadmin at 10:23 pm on March 9th, 2015

More than 10,000 participants have registered for a new, free online six-week course beginning in April, which has been designed by Swinburne University to provide practical help to families with a child on the autism spectrum.

The MOOC is designed for participants to choose their own pathway and curate their content depending on their area of interest. It will require approximately two hours per week… there are no set times as it is a worldwide MOOC and we aim to accommodate for all time zones.

A weekly topic will be set and participants will be expected to engage in the content via videos and podcasts, by assessing given scenarios and sharing their own stories and experiences. The program's creators are hoping this approach would foster a sense of connectedness and community amongst participants.

Although focusing on general coping mechanisms, the coordinators hope that during the scenarios and discussions, participants will look deeper into other topics relevant to their situation, such as communication or special interests.

Swinburne's MOOC will be launched April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day – with an orientation week that will cover netiquette, e-safety, ethics and online navigation before the full six-week course begins April 13.

For further information and to enrol on the course, click here: