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University of Tasmania

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

University of Tasmania via Independent

Overview

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about TBI covering the spectrum from mild concussion through to severe injury.

Traumatic brain injury is often described as a silent epidemic, with approximately 69 million cases occurring worldwide each year. The Understanding TBI MOOC is a free online course that aims to raise awareness and build knowledge to reduce risk, as well as improve management and rehabilitation outcomes for people who have experienced a TBI. A multidisciplinary team from the University of Tasmania, along with guest experts worldwide, looks at the causes and consequences of TBI, as well as the types of injuries and frequency at which they occur across the lifespan.

The Understanding TBI MOOC is designed to be accessible and is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in learning more about Traumatic Brain Injury, including:

  • Sporting coaches and sports association members
  • Professional and amateur sportspeople
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Risk and safety professionals
  • Health policy makers
  • Defence force staff
  • Allied health, nursing and medical professionals
  • Professional care and support workers
  • People living with a TBI and their families
  • Residential and community care staff
  • Anyone interested in brain health and neuroscience

Syllabus

Module 1 – Brain Science and TBI Pathology 

2 hours recommended 

  • What is a brain injury?
  • Introduction to the brain and brain anatomy and brain function
  • Biomechanics of TBI
  • Primary vs Secondary Injury
  Module 2 – TBI from Mild to Severe

4 hours recommended

  • Mild TBI/concussion and symptoms and modes of concussion
  • Moderate to Severe TBI
  • Primary Damage in Focal TBI
  • Secondary Injury Cascades
  • Diffuse Brain Injury
  • Oedema
  • Imaging for diagnosis/prognosis
  • Link between brain injury, cognition and behaviour
  Module 3 – TBI across the Lifespan

2 hours recommended

  • Paediatric TBI
  • TBI across age groups
  • TBI in older adults
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Consequences outside the brain
  Module 4 – Life after TBI

2 hours recommended

  • Impairments and Outcomes
  • Rehabilitation
  • Life for family members after TBI
  • Support after TBI
  • Personal traits: coping style
  • Personal traits: resilience
  • Sourcing reliable information

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 540 reviews

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  • Another excellent course from the University of Tasmania! I took the course mainly because I know people who have suffered concussion. This course explained how the brain can be damaged from concussive incidents and just what happens in the brain. Plus the consequence (long-term injury) of repeated concussions before the brain has fully healed. It should be compulsory learning for every sportsperson who is keen to get back on the playing field as soon as possible.
  • A clear introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury, examining in some depth the scientfic background, trajectory through the lifespan, rehabilitation and living post injury.

    There are many clear infographics, films with survivors of TBI, and quizzes to test knowledge acquired. The information is presented in video format and importantly for those who are learning about their own TBI, written format too to allow many learners to access it fully.

    There are links to films of survivors talking about their injury or the injury of a loved one and plenty of links to further information for those who want to learn more.
  • Melisa Sincock
    1
    I always love the Utas MOOCs. They are easy to access and very informative. I'm NEVER disappointed. I love how flexible they are, I can make time around my busy schedule to complete the content. The TBI MOOC is just as awesome as the other UTas MOOCs. I can't speak highly enough of UTas and the amazing information they deliver through the Wicking Centre. Thank you! And please continue to deliver the wonderful programs you do.
  • This course was excellent. Very well laid out and informative. As a sufferer of a serious TBI in early 2005, I found the information to be very accurate and it even opened my mind to seeking further opportunities for my continued recovery.
  • Very informative and useful course, with a lot of activities (e.g. Body Central) that help to understand the materials better).
    Thanks you for providing this course online, and help me to continuously learn new things
  • Anonymous
    The TBI course with MOOC is ground breaking. It empowered carers, health workers to have a better understanding of this challenging brain injury that affects people from all walks of life. It also education for people who work or dealing directly or indirectly either personally or they're associated with.
  • Anonymous
    If anyone is unsure whether or not to enrol on the MOOC TBI course I would strongly urge them to do so. The three MOOC courses offered by UTas Wickings are by far the best non-academic courses I have completed - the content priceless to those who 'need'...
  • Johnny Woo
    2
    Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a good course for the beginer without the medical and clinical background. The course is starting from the basic and lead you to know about the main cause of injury. At the begining, I think Traumatic Brain...
  • Anonymous
    As mentioned earlier, this course is very comprehensive covering plenty of topics relevant to the course. It provided plenty of information with the inclusion of plenty of reading resources and also clear and colorful illustrations which help with clarity...
  • As a mature age student, I was apprehensive about undertaking a MOOC course but after completing the Understanding Dementia course with a high pass rate and found I thoroughly enjoyed the experience I enrolled for the T.B.I. course which I have now completed...
  • Gaye Hooker
    1
    This training is great. It has held my interested all the way through the different modules. The information is plentiful. Lectures are knowledgeable and easy to understand. Resources are readable and the extra resources are there for those who would...
  • Anonymous
    This training is great. It has held my interested all the way through the different modules. The information is plentiful. Lectures are knowledgeable and easy to understand. Resources are readable and the extra resources are there for those who would...
  • Anonymous
    I worked for two years with a woman who had been hit by a car in a road traffic accident and knocked unconscious ten years prior. She has been studying medicine at University. She was knocked unconscious but because she has no family it appears no one...
  • Anonymous
    This course, from my experience, is valuable for everyone to consider Do NOT limit your desire by the expectation that it will be too difficult based on previous education or other negative thoughts you may have Knowledge of the brain- or perceived...
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed doing this course, it was at times intense, but very worth while. I needed to understand more about TBI has I assist a client who has a brain injury and wanted to be able to understand the affects of this more in his day to day life. The...
  • Anonymous
    This TBI course is another University of Tasmania success. It was a natural progression from other MOOC courses and one that is sorely needed

    As many people as possible need to complete this, not only to further any learning that they may have started, but to gain further understanding of the most complex and indeed the most important organ in our bodies that controls our quality of life.

    If there were more people gaining more understanding about the brain, then surely that can only be good? Would it lead to less TBI? It surely would. Some of those videos, if not all, were confronting, and they needed to be. Thankyou UTAS for your foresight in providing important information.
  • Anonymous
    awareness now in the understanding of brain injury,the components to protect the brain, different domains, mild to severe, primary and secondry. Neutological diseases assoicated with TBI and CTE( Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).Two types of oedema.Different scans can detect injury. Damage to specific regoin of the brain and the way if affects. Executive function. The Autonomic nerous system.Who's more vunlerable to brain injuries and with older people more common to bleeding( blood vessels). Types of therapy.The support network and the understanding of the CRAAP test.The building of resilience.Rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Anonymous
    I would rate these courses as incredible to be given the opportunity to do them. I have completed the 3 courses available from the UTAS, thoroughly enjoyed learning from them and completing the quizzes and reading involved. It has enabling me to understand better some of the clients whom I have cared for in aged care and home care for the past 20 years and continuing to do so. You never stop learning about anything so my advice to future students is to complete all 3 of these courses on offer. A very special thank you to all the professionals at the UTAS who put together all of this valuable research and information. It is much appreciated.
  • Sharon Kearney-Phelan
    1
    this is without doubt one of the best on line courses I have done. The delivery of the presenters was excellent, their knowledge was evident, their pace and clear diction all added to a professional presentation.

    I valued the use of the quizzes to solidify the new knowledge gained. I also enjoyed the videos containing personal stories of people who have had TBI's. The course was easy to understand without too much medical jargon. There were some bits that were 'medicalised' yet even these were explained clearly.

    I came into this course with no knowledge of TBI, and I leave with a good basic grounding which I am keen to develop.
  • Anonymous
    this is without doubt one of the best on line courses I have done. The delivery of the presenters was excellent, their knowledge was evident, their pace and clear diction all added to a professional presentation.

    I valued the use of the quizzes to solidify the new knowledge gained. I also enjoyed the videos containing personal stories of people who have had TBI's. The course was easy to understand without too much medical jargon. There were some bits that were 'medicalised' yet even these were explained clearly.

    I came into this course with no knowledge of TBI, and I leave with a good basic grounding which I am keen to develop.

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