This year students on our MSc Health Psychology took part in a pilot of a new Online International Learning (OIL) Project. This was a collaboration between MSc Health Psychology programmes at Coventry University & the National University of Ireland Galway.
Led by Coventry University, and supported by our Centre for Global Engagement, OIL projects are ‘virtual mobility’ experiences that develop students’ intercultural competences & digital skills, while they work with others on subject-specific learning tasks or activities.
How OIL projects work
- Interaction is primarily online – with a focus on digital collaboration skills.
- Projects may also include face to face interaction or exchanges/visits too if partners want this.
To participate in this particular project in health psychology, students did not need to travel for visits or face to face meetings.
This project on international employability for health psychology aimed to develop students’
- Awareness of global & local health issues – the potential role for health psychology graduates in addressing these.
- Understanding professional status & employment prospects for health psychology in at least two countries.
- Understanding of cultural & intercultural competence for health professionals.
A range of learning activities were hosted via Coventry University Open Moodle and we also held a live online video discussion around the topic of ‘Global Health Psychology’.
Results from the pilot show students enjoyed this initiative and gained new knowledge and skills around employability.
Dr Carol Percy, who led the project, will be presenting posters on the pilot at two European conferences this summer (ESPLAT and EHPS). We are hoping to expand to include further international partners for the 2019/20 academic year.
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