NOTE is the only remote-learning, academically-accredited postgraduate neonatal education platform for doctors, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and professions allied to medicine (PAMs) in Europe. The faculty have been delivering high quality postgraduate neonatal education to doctors and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners since 2001.
- Masters-Level Academically Accredited Option: students who choose this route are enrolled as postgraduate students of the University of Southampton (UoS) and are eligible for academic accreditation at Masters level by the university. Possible exit wards include: 1) a Postgraduate Certificate – successful completion of 3 modules; 2) a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) – successful completion of 6 modules; and 3) a full MSc degree – in addition to the PGD, a dissertation module must be successfully completed.
- Continuing Professional Education (CPD): the second option is for experienced clinicians who wish to participate in the neonatal postgraduate clinical modules as part of CPD. This route involves studying one or more of the same online clinical neonatal modules that the students taking the academically-accredited route. Upon successful completion of each module a certificate is awarded by the EBN and the NOTE Faculty (without awarding formal academic credit). The content and route of delivery are the same as those described for the Masters programme.
How NOTE works
- The programme is fully taught online through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This open-source system blends learning, distance education, flipped classroom and other e-learning projects. Experience of online learning is not essential as there is an induction module for all participants.
- Each module is delivered in English over a period of approximately 16 weeks. The total study time for all modules other than the dissertation is 250 hours, of which up to 50 hours are online contact. The remaining 200 hours are self-directed study. The study time for the dissertation module is 750 hours.
- Each module has predefined learning outcomes and a range of multimedia is used to enhance the teaching and learning. Participants work in small learning groups each of which receives supervision and support from two tutors.
- Synchronous and asynchronous online communication promotes collaborative discussion and debate of authentic clinical cases. Summative assessment is integrated throughout each module and takes the form of MCQ questions, evaluation of online participation and a written assignment.
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