Massive open online courses (moocs) with open educational resources for toxicology learning - drugs and pollutants as xenobiotics

Ileana Manciulea1, Anca Vasilescu2, Stefano Girotti3, Luca Ferrari4, Michele Protti3, Laura Mercolini3, Lucia Dumitrescu1, Dana Perniu1, Camelia Draghici1

1 Transilvania Universityof Brasov, Department of Product Design, Mechatronics and Environment, 29 Eroilor Blv, 500036 Brasov, Romania
2 Transilvania University of Brasov, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Romania
3 Alma Mater Studiorum Universit di Bologna, Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Italy
4 Alma Mater Studiorum Universit di Bologna, Department of Education Studies 'G.M. Bertin', Italy


Due to the lack of European Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the field of the Toxicology and the major differences in the styles of teaching and learning of this important subject in amongst various European life science-oriented institutions, the European Erasmus+ project Learning Toxicology through Open Educational Resources (TOX-OER) was developed and implemented. Considering the complexity and heterogeneity of the toxicology field, the TOX-OER project main objective was to develop and share toxicology-related knowledge and skills among students/ earners from seven countries, which promote the internationalization of Higher Education Institutions in Europe but also in countries from other continents. The project was coordinated by Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), and the partners were: Space Research and Technology Institute (Bulgaria), Univerzita Karlova V Praze (Czech Republic), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Universit di Bologna (Italy), Universidade do Porto (Portugal) and Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov (Romania). One of the goals/ objectives of the project is the dissemination, popularizing the information and reaching potentially interested people who can benefit from the offered courses. The aim of this paper is to present and analyze part of the TOX-OER s outcomes developed by the project s partnership, especially the modules/ topics related to the drugs, gaseous and persistent organic pollutants, as the principal groups of xenobiotics.


drugs; massive open online courses; open educational resources; pollutants; toxicology

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