Talking About Cancer: online course

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We want to help as many people as possible to feel confident talking about cancer and health no matter where they are, so we’ve developed a free online course called Talking About Cancer: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting.

Join thousands of people worldwide and learn practical skills for having conversations that can help save lives.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful course. I am now more at ease with talking about cancer or any other long term disease with others” – Jo-Ann, learner
“The course has surpassed my expectations not only for the valuable information related to cancer and awareness, also to the transferable ideas and tools provided…I feel much more confident in talking about cancer with others” – Debbie, allied health assistant

This online course draws on some of the core principles of our Talk Cancer training workshops, giving learners an introduction to having simple, effective conversations about cancer and health. You’ll gain the confidence and “know-how” to separate cancer myths from facts, and encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes, access local services or visit a doctor promptly with any concerns. 

Talking About Cancer has been developed by our Talk Cancer trainers Gwen Kaplan and Gill Kilgour, drawing on their wealth of experience of talking to patients, families and healthcare professionals.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in talking about cancer and can help with conversations about health with family, friends, colleagues, and the general public. It may be of special interest to those who work or volunteer in health or in their community, or who have been affected by cancer personally.

It’s a free online course that you can do at your own pace. It takes around 3 hours to complete, and is mobile-friendly, so you can take part on any device.

Talking About Cancer is hosted by FutureLearn, the social learning platform.  There’s an interactive discussion board so you can chat to other learners as you go.

The course leaders Gwen and Gill moderate the discussion for the first 3 weeks after each course starts, so you can choose to sign up to start at the beginning of the next run, or join the current course. You won’t miss out on anything by joining the current course – it simply means that there may be fewer learners engaging in discussions.

You can join the course now or sign up for the next one

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Start in February 2018

Will this cost me money?

Participating in the course is absolutely free. FutureLearn gives you the option to “upgrade” for a certificate and unlimited access to the course after the run ends, but there’s no obligation to purchase.

How long will I have to do the course once I’ve started?

As a free user you will have access to the course for 5 weeks from the date you enrol, if it's already started, or, if you enrol before the course starts, then you will have 5 weeks’ access from the course start date.

How is the online course different from a face-to-face Talk Cancer workshop?

The online course takes a more basic, universal approach to the essentials of talking about cancer, while our training workshops are more in-depth and tailored. It works well as a general introduction; a taster for those who may want to attend our Talk Cancer workshops; or as a refresher for those who’ve attended a workshop already.

What is FutureLearn?

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. With almost 6 million people from over 231 countries across the globe – a community that is continuously growing – it offers free and paid for online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, as well as organisations such as Microsoft, the British Council and Cancer Research UK. FutureLearn’s course portfolio covers a wealth of areas to promote lifelong learning for a range of applications including general interest, an introduction to university studies, continuing professional development and fully online postgraduate degrees.

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