OpenLearn - Social Media and Networks in Health & Social Care

What is this?

This is a free learning course hosted by OpenLearn on Social media and networks in health and social care. Social media is a huge part of our lives these days and using social media can have far reaching implications if used without due care and attention. This course will cover several topics such as the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet in health and social care, working to protect vulnerable users online and an ethical debate on Patient Targeted Googling (PTG).

How long does it take?

The course material has an estimated time of 4 hours study.


Free. There is no cost for taking this course.


Click the link below to be redirected to the OpenLearn course page. From here you will see a green button to 'create account/sign in' which will then take you to either option. if you already have an OpenLearn account then sign in, if you don't then you will need to create an account. Once you've signed in that green button will then turn to a red button that says 'enrol now' and that will then change to a progress bar.

As you progress through the course material, topics on the left side of the screen, the progress bar will fill up. There will be a number of different excerises throughout including some audio transcriptions to listen to. At the end of the course you will get access to a statement of participation which you can download to prove you've done the course.

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