The Understanding Dementia MOOC was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre based in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania. This world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia.
The aging of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.
Since 2013, the Understanding Dementia has received over 315,000 enrolments from all around the world. We invite you to join our community and learn about the diseases that cause dementia, how the condition affects the person with dementia, and how we can provide the best quality care.
To get the most out of this experience, you should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week completing the course activities for the 7 weeks of scheduled content. The additional 3 weeks that the course is open is to allow you to catch up or revisit content.
The release of course content will occur at 9:00am (AEDT) on the following dates –
- Module 1: Orientation – 8th February, 2022
- Module 2: The Brain – 10th February, 2022
- Module 3: The Diseases – 24th February, 2022
- Module 4: The Person – 10th March, 2022
- Module 5: Completion – 31st March, 2022
You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace within this release schedule. This includes revisiting earlier released content as needed.
Once you have completed the course, you will be eligible to download a free, personalized certificate of completion. We also offer paid enhanced certificates options in addition to the free certificate. There will be more information about this in the Completion module.
We look forward to your contribution, as an important member of the Understanding Dementia community.