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Name of your program

Global Mental Health:Trauma and Recovery Course

Name of your organization

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Cambridge, MA in collaboration with Instituto Superiore di Sanitas, Rome, Italy and with financial support from the National Institute of Health, Fogarty Foundation

Number of students/instructors/courses

40 students, 18 faculty members, one course with four separate tracks.

Types of courses

The Master's Certificate Program offers a transformative training experience to create a network of global leaders in mental health recovery.

Our mission is to maximize a scientific and cultural approach and methodology to reduce suffering, minimize disability and increase resiliency for the more than one billion survivors of violence and disaster worldwide.

The course provides training to doctors, policy makers, social workers, and researchers working on improving health/mental health services and policy planning and implementation for survivors of mass violence.

How courses are delivered

On-site training in Porano and Orvieto (province of Umbria), Italy
November 5-18, 2006

Web-based training
November 20, 2006 - May 20, 2007

Customizations to the system

We have used ATutor in several ways.

1. To deliver content to students on topics in Global Mental Health using multiple media including powerpoint presentations, podcasts, pdf documents, and faculty lead forum discussions.

2. To have faculty guided small group discussions for professional development of clinicians and systems/policy administrative mental health care workers.

3.  To share visual narratives of professional healing spaces in small groups and as a larger entity through a visual narrative gallery.  Here we will be using ATutor in conjunction with a web hosting service that allows for uploading of large files and streaming of files into one single file format.

4. Using ATutor to train students and faculty in how to learn in a course that uses a Learning Content Management System.

5. Using ATutor to discuss/plan processes and content with faculty members distributed across the world.  

Novel uses of the system

The Global Mental Health course is using wiki to refine terms that are commonly used in the field of mental health and health for diagnosis of patients, epidemiology work, and policy planning.  Terms are often defined outside of the context where they are used.  As such they are often neither culturally relevant nor evidence based.  Wiki enables those working in the field to bring cultural context, evidence, and years of situated clinical experience to the terms that are used and to debate terms and definitions amongst a community of practitioners in health/mental health distributed across the world.

The Global Mental Health course is using podcasts to share with students faculty expertise that is not covered in lectures or powerpoint presentations.  These are extracts from interviews where faculty are asked to share key moments in their career that helped them develop their primary theories and practices in the field of health and mental health.

The Global Mental Health course is having students share visual narratives of their professional healing spaces in small groups and as a whole class. 

Server specifications (cpu, ram, internet speed)

Using ATutor server

Admin impression of the system

User friendly and ATutor support has been excellent.

Why ATutor was chosen over other systems

Maximum flexibility because of modules that could be added or removed and cost was low enough that we could afford it.  Each student's technology cost is approximately $75 USD for the year.

Performance of the system
Student/Instructor impressions of the system.

Students enrolled in this course range from tech-savy early career professionals to relativley technophobic octogenarians.  Without exception every student was able to get online and has been able to navigate the Atutor interface with only a short amount of training prior to the commencement of the on-line portion of the course. 

Any participation you've had in ATutor development.
Things you would like to see in future development

Improvements to the forum asynchronous discussion tool so that forums and threads could be moved around more easily and students could have multiple ways of viewing forum discussions that would be oriented to the logical progression of the conversation.

Continued intergration of EPresence webcasting/videoconferencing software into ATutor and easy use.  Increased capacity to store video and audio files and the ability to stream these into a single file format that is easy to download such as Apple Quick Time streaming (www.dreamhost.com does this)

...and any other interesting aspects of how you are using ATutor.

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