KU Leuven University offers a free online course on Trends in e-Psychology. In this five week course applicants will learn about e-based promotion of physical, mental and social health, focusing on e-cigarettes, e-mental health applications and e-mediation as case-examples.
This MOOC consists of knowledge clips, demonstration movies, exercises, discussion, and homework (reading) assignments. The course will start on November 15, 2016.
Effort: 4-5 hours per week
Subject: Health & Safety
Institution: KU Leuven University and edX
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course will start on November 15, 2016
Providers’ Details
Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.
About This Course
This health and safety course explores a variety of electronic applications used in the promotion of healthy behavior, focusing on cases relating to physical health (electronic cigarettes), mental health (apps and wearables), and social health (e-mediation). In each of these areas, experts will share cutting-edge scientific knowledge and demonstrate some of the latest e-applications to boost healthy behavior. The course consists of 4 modules:

  • e-Cigarette: Promoting physical health. In this module, you will learn about the potential implications of e-cigarettes as a Tobacco Harm Reduction Strategy. You will gain contemporary scientific knowledge about the safety, efficacy, and potential health threats of using e-cigarettes.
  • e-Mental Health: Promoting mental health. In this module, you will learn about innovations in online, mobile and wearable tools used in mental healthcare (a rapidly expanding field), as well as their potential advantages and disadvantages.
  • e-Mediation: Promoting social health. In this module, you will learn about the core principles of mediation, and how you can use electronic communication to prevent escalation and promote conflict resolution during the mediation process.
  • FAQ and closing: In this module, our experts address the questions that were most frequently asked by you and your ‘fellow-travelers’ during this MOOC.

Worth of Award
This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
Learning Outcomes

  • How to objectively evaluate the pros and cons of various e-based health-promotion innovations
  • How to effectively use some e-channels to promote healthy behavior

Course Syllabus
Week 1: Introduction and e-Cigarette module
Week 2: e-Mental health
Week 3: e-Mediation
Week 4: Catch up week
Week 5: FAQ and closing

  • Filip Raes: Filip Raes (PhD, KU Leuven) is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the KU Leuven – University of Leuven.
  • Martin C. Euwema: Martin C. Euwema is full professor for Organizational Psychology at the KU Leuven – University of Leuven, chair of the research group O2L, and co-director of the Leuven Center for Collaborative Management.
  • Katalien Bollen: Katalien Bollen (PhD, KU Leuven) is an assistant professor at the University of Maastricht. She is also affiliated to the KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Fellow of the Leuven Centre for Collaborative Management (LCM) and involved in different executive master’s programs on mediation, both nationally and internationally.
  • Frank Baeyens: Frank Baeyens is a professor of experimental psychology at the KU Leuven – University of Leuven. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers on human learning and on a variety of experimental psychopathology topics.
  • Dinska Van Gucht: Dinska Van Gucht (PhD, KU Leuven) is a lecturer at Thomas More, University College Antwerp and a research fellow at the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology, KU Leuven – University of Leuven.
  • Tom Van Daele: Psychologist Tom Van Daele (PhD, KU Leuven) is a researcher and a lecturer at the Department of Applied Psychology of Thomas More University College in Antwerp, and a research fellow at the Research Group on Health Psychology, KU Leuven – University of Leuven.

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, the course reading is sourced from scientific journals and therefore an undergraduate level of reading skills would be of benefit.
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