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<p>Presenters Neil Roberts Lucy Handscomb UCL Ear Institute, London, UK</p> <p>At UCL Ear Institute, we have developed an Audiology Taster Course which is available free of charge via the learning platform UCL Extend. Its overall aim is to encourage people to consider audiology as a career. We wanted to appeal particularly to people who have left full-time education. After taking the course, learners should have an understanding of key audiological concepts and an insight into the different specialist areas of audiology. The course is divided into six short modules: "The amazing hearing system", "looking at hair cells", "Introduction to cochlear implants", "The Experience of tinnitus", "Living with hearing loss" and "Balance". Each module consists of two or three short (5-7 minute), professionally made videos with animation, presented by Ear Institute staff. Each module is linked to quiz questions to be answered online.</p> <p>The course was launched in 2017 and since then 1008 people have enrolled. In all, 918 badges have been achieved (a badge is awarded when a participant completes all videos and quizzes for at least one section). Participants have enrolled from all over the world. Reasons given for enrolment include being interested in becoming an audiologist, wanting to understand hearing better for another career in healthcare, wanting a better understanding of a child's deafness and simply being curious about hearing.</p> <p>In our presentation we will introduce a compilation of short extracts from our taster course followed by some comments from participants.</p> <p>Learning objectives:</p> <ol> <li>Gain knowledge of UCL's Audiology taster course and how to access it</li> <li>Describe some methods of encouraging engagement with a free online course</li> <li>Reflect on factors that encourage people to study audiology.</li> </ol> <p>My email: l.handscomb@ucl.ac.uk<a href="&#109;&#97;&#105;&#108;&#116;&#111;&#58;&#108;&#46;&#104;&#97;&#110;&#100;&#115;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#98;&#64;&#117;&#99;&#108;&#46;&#97;&#99;&#46;&#117;&#107;" rel="nofollow">&#108;&#46;&#104;&#97;&#110;&#100;&#115;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#98;&#64;&#117;&#99;&#108;&#46;&#97;&#99;&#46;&#117;&#107;</a></p>
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