Superusers of Self-Paced Online Learning on OpenWHO

Heini Utunen, Lama Mattar, Corentin Piroux, Ngouille Ndiaye, Paula Christen, Melissa Attias

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INTRODUCTION: OpenWHO provides open-access, online, free and real-time learning responses to health emergencies, which includes capacitating healthcare providers, first liners, medical students and even the general public. During the pandemic and to date, an additional 40 courses for COVID-19 response have led to a massive increase in the number of learners and a change in user's trends. This paper presents initial findings on enrollment trends, use and completion rates of health emergency courses offered on OpenWHO.

METHODS: The enrolment data statistics were drawn from OpenWHO's built-in reporting system, which tracks learners' enrolments, completion rates, demographics and other key course-related data, This information was collected from the beginning of the OpenWHO launch in 2017 up until October 2021.

RESULTS: Average course completion rate on OpenWHO including all courses and languages was equal to 45.9%. Nearly half (46.4%) of all OpenWHO learners have enrolled in at least 2 courses and 71 000 superusers have completed at least 10 courses on the platform.

CONCLUSION: WHO's learning platform during the pandemic registered record high completion rates and repeat learners enrollment. This highlights the massive impact of the OpenWHO online learning platform for health emergencies and the tangible knowledge transfer and access to health literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare
EditorsJohn Mantas, Parisis Gallos, Emmanouil Zoulias, Arie Hasman, Mowafa S. Househ, Marianna Diomidous, Joseph Liaskos, Martha Charalampidou
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-291-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-290-7
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare - Athens, Greece
Duration: 1 Jul 20223 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare


  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Education, Distance
  • Emergencies
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Pandemics

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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