Utilising massive open online courses to enhance global learning dissemination in cleft lip and palate: a case report of penta helix collaboration

Erli Sarilita, Anggun Rafisa (Lead / Corresponding author), Priya Desai, Peter A. Mossey

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Background: Educating and raising awareness in cleft lip and palate future generations is one vital effort to ensure the improvement of cleft care and research in the future. This study reported the overview in organising and evaluating the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Cleft Lip and Palate as the alternative way for students’ capacity building outside their study program whilst also earning credits towards their studies. 

Methods: Smile Train cleft charity generously donated recorded lectures from cleft experts around the world in which each of the experts agreed to provide one-hour live discussion sessions. The learning activities ranging from lectures, pre- and post-course evaluation, forum, live discussion sessions, virtual visits to Indonesian Cleft Centre, self-reflection assignments and final project. A survey was released to the participants to collect their feedback. 

Results: The course mainly attracted dental students, and several allied health professional students. In total, 414 out of 717 participants registered for this MOOC managed to finish the course and received a certificate of completion which was run between August–October 2021. In general, participants positively received the course. 

Conclusions: The MOOC model and its objective of disseminating widespread information across geographical boundaries to enhance learning about cleft lip and palate treatment was achieved. This report serves as an example for other educational institutions and stakeholders who plan to use online educational engagement platforms to provide high-quality education and capacity building to participants in lower-middle income countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number301
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Medical Education
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2024
Event14th International Cleft Congress 2022 - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 202215 Jul 2022
Conference number: 14


  • Case report
  • COVID-19
  • MOOC
  • Online learning
  • Orofacial cleft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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