Inaugural MOOC online course – Analysis and retraining of upper limb function after stroke

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StrokeEd announces the Inaugural MOOC (Massive Open Online Course = MOOC)

Registrations are now open and close 31st May 2024. When you register, you will have access to course content from 3rd – 28th June 2024.

Study at your own pace, in your own timezone. Expect to spend 3-4 hours a week on your learning activities during June.

A MOOC involves self-directed learning with all content available online. You will have a weekly list of learning activities to complete. Learning activities include pre-reading, online lessons, recorded lectures, quizzes and videos of the presenters analysing and training stroke survivors.

There will be interactive discussions via a Facebook group and two live online Q and A sessions with the three presenters. The live online sessions will be held on the 12th and 26th June, at 6pm Sydney local time.  You can still participate if you choose not to use Facebook, and access all the learning content and communication via email, but you will miss the interactive components if you cannot use, or choose to not use Facebook.

The MOOC has a translation Plug-in which allows text to be translated into languages other than English using Google translate. A transcript of the recorded lectures will be provided and participants could translate the transcript onto their own language using a translation App.

Participants will receive a certificate after completing the final MOOC quiz, and answering 80% of the questions correctly. The quiz questions can be repeated multiple times.

If you have previously completed a StrokeEd 3-day FTF UL workshop or online UL workshop, you are likely to find the MOOC content beneficial for revising theoretical content and practising your analysis, clinical reasoning and intervention planning skills. So unless you have completed a workshop in 2024, we suggest you DO register for this MOOC if you want to revise and refresh your skills, as the cost is very low (or free for some therapists).


$50 AUD for residents of high-income countries, free for residents of middle and low-income countries.

StrokeEd presenters:

• A/Prof Simone Dorsch, Physiotherapist, PhD MHlthSc BAppSci(Physio)

• Dr Annie McCluskey, Occupational Therapist, PhD MA DipCOT

• Karl Schurr, Physiotherapist, MAppSc (Physio)

Course Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

• Describe a structured approach to the analysis of activity limitations in reach, grasp and manipulation tasks after stroke

• Outline the evidence base for rehabilitation of the affected arm after stroke

• Describe evidence-based training strategies to increase strength in very weak arm muscles and for intensive task training for the affected arm after stroke

• Describe evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat secondary impairments of the affected arm after stroke

We look forward to interacting with you to help achieve the StrokeEd vision which is that “physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals have the skills, knowledge, confidence and competence to routinely deliver evidence-based rehabilitation” and that “all stroke survivors receive prompt, evidence-based rehabilitation”

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For more information visit the StrokeEd homepage:

Weekly Course Topics:

Week 1 topics: Baseline knowledge Quiz • Baseline movement analysis task • What is EBP? • Definitions of key concepts including:  Kinematics, kinetics, essential components, types of muscle actions, ICF framework • UL anatomy revision • Review of the evidence for the relative contributions of impairments to activity limitations after stroke • Clinical reasoning for movement analysis after stroke

Week 2 topics: Biomechanical task analysis of reaching, grasping and drinking from a cup • Biomechanical analysis of knife use • Biomechanical analysis of handwriting • Planning the UL assessment • Movement analysis and the essential components of UL tasks • Videos of Stroke survivor UL initial assessments

Week 3 topics: Critical appraisal of systematic reviews and randomised clinical trials • Critical features of taskspecific training • Evidence-based strategies to improve strength in very weak UL muscles after stroke • Video examples of training very weak muscles including implementing mirror therapy, E-stim, mental practice • Task-specific training of advanced hand activities • Video examples of training common tasks involving inhand manipulation • Evidence-based strategies to prevent and reduce; subluxation, shoulder pain, swelling, contracture after stroke

Week 4 topics: Effective coaching • Strategies to increase amounts and intensity of practice • Changing practice • Case studies of UL movement analysis and intervention planning

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