Medical Volunteer Service as a Tool for Open Education and Social Inclusion
ABOUT OPEN EDUCATION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
According to Opensource.com (2019), open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge. Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars, educators, and practitioners. Precisely, open education implies education for all people and has open access to programs, open access to courses, open course material, open research, and open data. This affirms what Nyaberg (2010) illustrates as being open to a) educational resources, b) learner’s needs, c) learning services, d) teaching efforts and e) employability capabilities development. Open education is effected through Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses and more innovations such as Digital Study Halls in India, mobile schools in pastoral communities and radio/television talk-shows. In the context of this research, I would like to propose VOLUNTEERISM and investigate whether it is another mode of open education that allows inclusion.

I wish to inform that I am Tabitha Naisiko, a Ugandan student of MA Online and Distance Education at the Open University of UK. This survey is aimed at collecting information that I will use to present in a Networked Practitioner's conference scheduled for 15th February 2020 at http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OU-H818/index.php/the-ou-h818-the-networked-practitioner-online-conference-2020/; being a requirement for my graduation in the course unit of H818. After the course, as a Director of St. Joseph Health Centre Nakabango https://sjhcn.org in Uganda, I intend to base on the data to recruit medical volunteers and continue networking towards community service.

The research is thus targeting individuals who worked as medical volunteers, are currently working as medical volunteers or intend to work as medical volunteers. Kindly spare a few minutes to answer the questions below. The data will be used only for academic and practical purposes.

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Which is your current country of residence/service? Please include continent
Do you think medical volunteering is a mode of open education?
What is your current occupation?
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Have you ever worked as a medical volunteer?
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If no, do you intend to work as a medical volunteer?
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If your answer to questions 2 or 3 is yes, may you please state your specialty in medical practice? Or specialty you would offer in case you took a volunteer placement?
How much time would you spend volunteering?
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How often would you volunteer in a developing country like Uganda?
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May you please state the reasons for your choice above?
If you have ever worked as a medical volunteer, what types of learning did you acquire during volunteerism? Please explain in the space below
If you are intending to work as a medical volunteer, what types of learning do you anticipate to acquire during placement? Please explain in the space below
If you worked as a medical volunteer, what types of learning did you give to the community during placement? Please explain in the space below
If you are intending to work as a volunteer, what types of learning do you intend to give to the community during your placement? Please explain below.
As once a medical volunteer or intending medical volunteer, what factors would determine your selection of a volunteer site/placement? Please list them.
If you have ever worked as a medical volunteer, in which country was your placement?
Would you work as a medical volunteer in Uganda (a developing country in Africa)?
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Thank you for your participation. For more networking, if you do not mind, would you provide your contact information below. Preferably: Name, Postal address, Telephone, and email address
Is there any more information you would like to give concerning the research or the consequent project of recruiting medical volunteers? Please do so in the space below.
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