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August 23, 2006 recruits its 10,000th online learner

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At the beginning of August,, the online learning environment which I co–developed and maintain with my colleague and friend Ray Irving and his brother Mark, a Cancer Nurse Specialist, recruited its 10,000th online learner. provides free, professional online cancer care courses that aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professionals and anyone concerned with the care of cancer patients.

At present, is an entirely voluntary project for the majority of its contributors and developers. With our sparse financial and technical resources, to have recruited over 10,000 learners (and over 17,000 individual course registrations) from over 100 countries across the globe in three years is a milestone that we're very proud of and which I'm I shouting about today.

We've also received some nice coverage today on a new blog about online learning projects - Edufilter.

The comment below, from a nurse in New Zealand, is indicative of the value of our courses and of the sort of feedback we receive about every single day.

I didn't realise how much I had forgotten until I started doing the Cancer Care for Children and Young People course. It has been a really good refresher. I have thoroughly enjoyed going over the types of childhood cancers, and treatments available, and it has been very thought provoking. I really like being able to complete it online in your own time. With a young family, trying to continue some education is at times hard to do, so thank you.

I wonder how many other UK organisations have recruited over 10,000 international online learners?

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