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David Speksneijder

from the Netherlands

David Speksneijder enrolled in a Introduction to Epidemiology course in 2014

Elevate gives me the opportunity to follow the lessons when my agenda allows me to do this

Introduction

My name is David Speksnijder, aged 31. Working as PhD candidate at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and as veterinarian in a veterinary clinic. My motivation to enrol with Elevate was the flexibility offered to follow the course. As I am also working in a veterinary clinic, it is sometimes very hard to follow all physical lessons in normal courses. Elevate gives me the opportunity to follow the lessons when my agenda allows me to do this. I chose this course Introduction to Epidemiology to get some basic insights into epidemiologic aspects of research. This helps me developing and analyzing my own research projects.

I really deepened my knowledge of basic epidemiologic approaches and analyses and I do use these techniques to some extent in my scientific studies.

What is your experience with distance learning?

This was the first online course I followed. The advantage is the before mentioned flexibility to follow the course at times that suit you. In general, I really like physical presence at courses in order to have a good interaction with other students and teachers to improve my understanding of the subject and to be able to ask questions on the spot. However, my experience with Elevate on this regard was very good. The teacher/moderator gave quick and extensive responses to my questions and gave proper feedback on my assignments which really helped me understanding the subjects. And I successfully completed the exam, suggesting that this type of learning is an adequate way of learning new things. I really deepened my knowledge of basic epidemiologic approaches and analyses and I do use these techniques to some extent in my scientific studies.

What did you enjoy most about the course?

The flexibility offered and the extensive feedback on the made assignments.

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