Monkeypox: Important information about viruses is transmitted around the world in real time

HPI Hasso Plattner Institute

Potsdam (OTS)

Just a few weeks after the observed increase in the incidence of monkeypox in people in many countries around the world, the World Health Organization has already published existing online training courses on the rare viral disease on its openWHO learning platform. The German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), which provides technical support for the WHO learning platform, draws attention to this. Those interested can now learn the most important things about prevention, early detection, infection methods, symptoms and control in two free courses in English and French. Shortly after the World Health Organization announced in Geneva on May 24, more than 46,000 people worldwide had already registered for two monkeypox sessions.

“There is a compact introductory course and a more detailed course. Both are specifically designed for African countries where the disease is endemic,” says HPI Director Professor Christophe Menil. According to him, dealing with content is not limited to employees of the public health sector, but primarily to everyone who may be interested. To date, more than 430 confirmed monkeypox infections have been recorded outside West and Central Africa (Source: Monkeypox). Investigations are still ongoing about 140 suspected cases. No deaths were reported.

According to the director of HPI, the latest cases of monkeypox, the two-year-old coronavirus, and the Ebola epidemic in 2017 show how critical online courses are now for the rapid global dissemination of vital knowledge. “The World Health Organization published the first online course on Covid-19 diseases on its platform on January 25, 2020 – five days before the Geneva authorities declared a global emergency,” recalls the Potsdam e-learning expert. On that date, the new type of coronavirus did not have its current name, only the provisional name 2019-nCoV.

The World Health Organization uses e-learning technology from the Hasso Plattner Institute

The WHO learning platform has been working with e-learning technology developed by the Potsdam Institute for five years. Immediately after the Ebola outbreak in June 2017, the platform helped the global organization train emergency services on the ground in Congo and other countries.

IT scientists at HPI developed this technology in 2012 – for their online education platform openHPI. This makes the European Institute a leading provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in IT and innovation topics.

openWHO celebrates its 5th birthday on June 1

As a partner of the Hasso Plattner Institute, the World Health Organization will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Open World Health Organization on June 1. According to the world organization, it has so far registered about 6.6 million registered in 148 subjects of study, which are dealt with in 64 languages. 44 shows revolving around the topic of Covid-19. In total, courses on 28 different diseases are available on the WHO Open Network, including monkeypox. On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the World Health Organization invites you to attend an open webinar entitled “Learning for the World in Epidemiology and Epidemiology”. Starts June 1st at 11:30am CEST. Senior WHO officials provide a behind-the-scenes look at the platform and share their experiences in disseminating medical information in response to public health threats. Anyone interested can register online.

HPI Learning Platform Technology Background

As a leader among European scientific institutions, the Hasso Plattner Institute launched its own interactive courses on September 5, 2012 – on the online platform Since then, this has provided free access to current undergraduate knowledge from the rapidly changing fields of information technology and innovation. So far, this has been done mainly in German and English. In the fall of 2017, OpenHPI also introduced online translation and course translation in eleven world languages ​​for the first time. About 1.1 million students are now enrolled in the course on openHPI. Currently, 302,000 people from 180 countries are part of the regular group of users on the platform. It grows every day. To date, the institute has issued over 123,000 certificates to particularly successful participants in “collective open online courses,” or MOOCs for short. The annual openHPI program includes several offerings for both beginners and IT experts. The 80 courses offered in the past can still be used for self-study – also free of charge. Students can now also earn credit points recognized at their university for completing OpenHPI courses. If you want to watch video lessons from courses on the go when there is no internet connection (eg on a plane), you can also use the openHPI mobile app for Android, iPhone or iPad. Partner platforms that work with the same learning technology are, for example, openSAP and OpenWHO. The HPI platform is also used on the KI Campus and e-Government Campus.

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Original content from: HPI Hasso Plattner Institute, Submitted by aktuell news

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