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Remember in second grade when you realized that you could say the word "giraffe" 25 times and it would lose its meaning, shed the image of that gawky creature and turn into a little pile of meaningless sound? You know, when you had your first insight into the wonders of language?
I was reminded of this experience when, at a conference about patient engagement in health care, the word "dignity" was used over 50 times in the first 90 minutes (I counted after a while, prompted by irritation), and I was left with a little pile of meaningless sound where I had expected to find something important. Since then, I have been on hyper-alert for "dignity."
Click here to go to this insightful article by Jessie Gruman from the Centre for Advancing Health
By Jillian Penaluna
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS) are evolving quickly. For journalists in particular, they offer opportunities to deepen our health content knowledge -- in our own time and at our own pace. Most MOOCS are a series of video lecture based ‘short courses’ on various topics with various add-ons (readings, quizzes, links to other videos, and even assignments – which you can complete if you want to get some kind of certificate). There are modelled on university ‘modules’, usually offered over 6 to 8 weeks, and often by top academics – but available mostly for free online (and, encouragingly, open to anyone, regardless of prior knowledge in a subject).
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