Heart University: a new online educational forum in paediatric and adult congenital cardiac care. The future of virtual learning in a post-pandemic world?

Tretter JT, Windram J, Faulkner T, Hudgens M, Sendzikaite S, Blom NA, Hanseus K, Loomba RS, McMahon CJ, Zheleva B, Kumar RK, Jacobs JP, Oechslin EN, Webb GD, Redington AN.
Cardiol Young. 2020 Apr;30(4):560-567. doi: 10.1017/S1047951120000852. Epub 2020 Apr 13.
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Online learning has become an increasingly expected and popular component for education of the modern-day adult learner, including the medical provider. In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, there has never been more urgency to establish opportunities for supplemental online learning. Heart University aims to be “the go-to online resource” for e-learning in CHD and paediatric-acquired heart disease. It is a carefully curated open access library of paedagogical material for all providers of care to children and adults with CHD or children with acquired heart disease, whether a trainee or a practising provider. In this manuscript, we review the aims, development, current offerings and standing, and future goals of Heart University.



Figure 1. Heart University logo.


Figure 2. The eFront Learning Management System offers excellent testing capabilities, analytics, and user feedback.


Figure 3. Content organisation of both the Pediatric Cardiac Learning Center and ACHD Learning Center.


Figure 4. After clicking on the “Fellow Curriculum” icon from Figure 3 when within the Pediatric Cardiac Learning Center, the user is brought to the Pediatric Cardiology Fellow Core Curriculum.


Figure 5. The Master Class Series.


Figure 6. Professor Robert Anderson’s Cardiac Morphology Lecture Series.


Figure 7. Cardiology in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Lecture Series.


Figure 8. Guidelines and References listing on the Pediatric Cardiac Learning Center.