Learn How | Virtual nano course on enabling rapid-learning health systems

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit and McMaster Health Forum are offering a 90-minute nano course that complements our previous Masterclass offerings. The course is designed for interested individuals from the following groups – all of whom need to be engaged as part of building a learning health system (LHS) in Ontario: government policymakers, system and organizational leaders, professional leaders, citizen leaders and researchers interested in providing patient-partnered evidence support to a learning health system.

The course will focus on four objectives:  

  1. demystifying the idea of a LHS from the perspective of government policymakers, system and organizational leaders, professional leaders and citizen leaders
  2. moving beyond data analytics being the single driver of learning and improvement to capitalize on recent innovations that can bring multiple forms of evidence and business intelligence to bear in ultra-short timelines
  3. moving from researcher-led efforts to a 'three-legged stool' supported by a system or professional leader, a citizen or patient partner and a researcher
  4. moving from pilot projects to making this the 'new normal' in health systems

For each objective, representatives from each key group will kick off discussions with a short presentation, followed by ‘rapid-fire’ deliberations among participants.

All sessions will be conducted online using Zoom. There will be three offerings of this 90-minute nano course:

  • July 5 (9-10:30am ET) - course completed
  • 17 October 2023 (noon to 1:30pm ET) – course completed
  • 12 December 2023 (noon to 1:30pm ET) – register now

Connecting to the nano course

All sessions of the virtual nano course will be conducted ‘live’ on the internet using Zoom. Participants need to ensure they have a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.


Complete this online form to register for the 12 December session of the nano course. Selected registrants will receive an invitation to participate. Those registrants who are outside of Ontario will be notified if their registration can be accommodated based on the number of available open spots closer to the time of the nano course.

If you are interested in our nano course but are not able to join these sessions, email us at learnhow@mcmaster.ca to be added to our wait list.

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