Dying2Learn Resources 2017

In March-May 2017, CareSearch hosted the Dying2Learn MOOC for the second time. The response was even bigger in 2017, with almost 2000 people signing up for the Dying2Learn MOOC.

They investigated issues, had thought-provoking conversations, and completed a variety of activities that got them thinking about death and dying. Over 12,000 comments were made during the 5 week course. It was engrossing, interactive and mutually valuable.

Learners had a chance to have a real-time online chat with Dr Christine Sanderson and Dr Peter Saul on Prolonging Life versus Prolonging Death. Participants thought about words we use to describe death, shared their favourite death and dying movies, considered what to do with their digital legacy, and pondered what the future of death might look like in 2050.

From Dying2Learn 2017

Some of the content from the Dying2Learn MOOC in 2017 was used to create some resources to support National Palliative Care Week in May 2017. They included:

  • Dying2Learn 2017 InfoGraphic (74kb pdf)
    We have compiled some statistics and quotes from the participants in the Dying2Learn course in 2017 into an infographic.
  • Favourite Films Portraying Death
    Dying2Learn participants were asked to share two of their favourite films that depict death and dying. From this activity we have created 2 products:
  • The Many Ways We Avoid Talking about Death
    Have a look at the article 'Passed away, kicked the bucket, pushing up daisies - the many ways we don't talk about death' we have written for The Conversation.  It's based on responses to one of the MOOC activities where we asked participants to think about alternative words we use to describe death instead of saying 'the d word'. Check out some of these euphemisms in the word cloud below.
Death euphemisms wordle

Last updated 24 May 2017

Download the Dying2Learn Infographic (74kb, PDF)