Annette Dalsgaard

Annette Dalsgaard 2020Annette Dalsgaard, Midwife and Senior Consultant, Denmark

I am Annette Dalsgaard. I have been a registered midwife since 1990 and been practicing midwifery in different practice settings in Denmark such as highly specialized delivery wards, small birth units and homebirths. Since 2004 I have been working primarily with education and learning as a lecturer/ senior lecturer at the midwifery education and educational consultant in postgraduate health education. I have a passion for ICT and learning, especially exploring in the possibilities of using open online environments, and social media for learning, knowledge sharing and networking internationally. The evolution of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as an opportunity for open and free Continuous Professional Development (CPD) inspired  me and two other midwives in 2015 to develop and run the first international MOOC for midwives (www.moocfomidwives.com) without any funding using open technologies and open educational resources.

I have been involved with the Virtual International Day of the Midwife since 2010. I am fascinated about the way the VIDM creates connections internationally between midwives across borders and time zones in a synchronous online conference that supports the sharing of new knowledge and practice development in midwifery and maternity care. I am curious about keep on exploring ways of using open online technologies to support knowledge sharing for midwives internationally for CPD. I believe that the more an online environment can support the attendants in connecting, interacting, sharing knowledge and networking the greater will the personal benefits from participating in the online conference become.

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