INTRODUCTION: Health education is a Latin American challenge since it faces a scenario of heterogeneity in training programs and limited resources. Promoting improvement in professional skills should go beyond the walls of schools and universities, therefore implementing massive and innovative educational actions adapted to the Latin American context is essential.
OBJECTIVES: To present a pilot test of a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) designed for the management of type 2 diabetes in primary care within the framework of an e-Capacity education research project.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The ADDIE model - Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation - was used as a methodology for the instructional design of the course for nursing staff. The use of free access digital technological resources was prioritized.
RESULTS: A self-administered course was designed, with free access using the Moodle platform and structured in 8 content modules – introduction, diabetes and nursing, nursing care for people with diabetes, behavioral change; pharmacological treatment, acute and chronic complications, diabetic foot and a final evaluation of the course - each one with required and complementary material. In the pilot test, enabled for a period of one month in Argentina, 303 health professionals registered for the course - 54% nursing staff, 25% physicians, 21% other health care professionals. Through the ADDIE, the lack of nursing training opportunities was evidenced. The most frequently reported access barriers were the lack of protected time for training, costs, concentration of course offerings, mostly in large centers. No less importantly, the usefulness of the ADDIE method was observed when approximating and integrating the knowledge of the development team.
CONCLUSION: The findings of this pilot test showed the participation of other health professionals and leads us to reflect on the latent need for training for health professionals and encourages to promote continuing education in health through free access MOOC courses.