The New ICF e-learning Tool – An Interactive Learning Approach

The ICF e-Learning tool (Introductory Module) that has been online since 2009 has now been updated and re-designed using a new eLearning software. The introductory module is ideal for anyone interested in learning the framework and conceptualisation as well as possible application areas of the ICF in an interactive way. The ICF Research Branch has taken the lead in revising the ICF e-learning tool under the auspices of the Education and Implementation Committee of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) and in collaboration with the WHO-FIC Functioning and Disability Reference Group.

Based on the results of an international field-testing in September-December 2017, the re-designed English-language version of the ICF e-Learning tool has been revised and is now available at

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The centrepiece of the tool is its interactive e-learning approach, reflected in the following chapters:

  • Need for ICF
  • Aims of the ICF
  • Uses of the ICF
  • The ICF model
  • Structure and codes
  • ICF Qualifiers

Each chapter concludes with a quiz comprising three to five questions of different formats and difficulty levels.

The ICF e-Learning tool will also be available in other languages, such as French, Finnish, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Russian, to name a few. Scripts of the tool are already available for translation. Requests for translation are processed and approved by WHO. For questions about the ICF e-Learning tool and about the possibility of translating it, feel free to contact Michaela Coenen, .

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