Lambton College, Public Health Collaborate to Offer Free Online COVID-19 Mini Course

SARNIA, January 7, 2021 - A new online mini-course launched by Lambton College aims to help people safely navigate the daily challenges of COVID-19.

The newly designed mini-course, titled Lambton Public Health: Staying Safe in a COVID-19 World, is part of a collection of free, web-based offerings, better known as eBits.

The latest mini-course was created in collaboration with Lambton Public Health in an effort to better inform the public on the actions they can take to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe in the face of the pandemic.

The self-paced mini-course is offered entirely online and helps learners understand various aspects of the virus including what COVID-19 is, how to recognize signs and symptoms, how to avoid contracting the virus, and how to protect yourself and your family in the event of exposure. Developers say the modules offer in-depth information and details on the most effective preventative measures one can take to avoid infection.

Lambton College President & CEO Judith Morris says the College was approached to collaborate on the creation of a COVID-19 eBit after Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton's Medical Officer of Health, heard her discussing mini-courses on local radio.

“Our intention with eBits was always to provide free learning opportunities for students and learners of all ages. When we were approached by Dr. Ranade to help produce a module with a focus on COVID-19, we thought this would be a great way to both inform and support our community during these challenging times.”

"Finding new and innovative ways to provide valid information about COVID-19 is important," states Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. "When we heard about the Lambton College eBit courses we contacted the College to pursue a partnership. The product developed provides a great resource to our community and supports our goal to increase awareness."

The hour long mini-course was produced by Lambton College's in-house eCreators, a subgroup of the Innovation Institute, with subject expertise provided directly from Lambton Public Health officials. The entire project, from initial concept to completion, was a four-month process.

The free community resource can now be accessed online at lambtoncollege.ca/free and takes about one hour to complete. Registrants can also print out a certificate of completion after they have finished the mini-course successfully.

Lambton's first eBits were released in May 2020 in an effort to support the community in various aspects of professional growth and self-development in a post-pandemic world. Since their introduction, the eBits have received nearly 8,500 registrations, averaging 25 new enrolments per day with students logging in from 30 countries around the world. A variety of new eBits are also expected to be added to the lineup in the coming weeks including a series of mini-courses designed in partnership with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on topics such as Techniques for Masking, as well as modules with a mental health focus.

For more information on eBits or to register, go to lambtoncollege.ca/free.

To learn more about Lambton College eCreators or to request a consultation for a project, go to lambtoncollege.ca/ecreators.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca


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