Public Health 2.0


Yes, there is “engaged e-learning”

You can tear apart a Flash program and see how the various pieces are orchestrated in the timeline or download yet another PowerPoint template, but there is also a craft of instructional design that combines art and science that can not be collapsed into a simple, cookbook-like sequence of steps to follow. Technical expertise and access to technology are necessary, but only an open-mind, experimental thinking, prototyping of new ideas, collaborative development across team members, early testing with potential users, and constant awareness of what motivates your learners can push aside that shade of boring e-learning and really engage learners in compelling learning experiences. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all the world of training there is nothing else real and abiding.

~e-Learning Leadership Blog

Go Global

Within our NIEHS outreach and engagement community we are committed to healthy homes in the U.S. Wouldn’t it be great to go global!

Efficient safe stoves are good for the environment, economy, and the health and safety of families in third-world countries.

I will be going to a noon-time talk this Wednesday to hear about Aprovecho Research

Learning from Adversity

ASCD has some new video clips in preparation for the 2011 Annual Conference. One hit home. When trying to get faculty and personnel to adopt new ways of doing things, it is easy to get defensive and take things personally, because it can get so frustrating. It is important to not take lack of interest personally and let egos take control. Just continue to share what is possible.

Video: Heidi Hays Jacobs on Learning From Adversity

Heidi Hayes Jacobs edited a book called, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. The way it ends to describe changes in the classroom also hits home for how we can make those changes.

  • We need to move from knowing the right answers to knowing how to behave when the answers are not readily apparent;
  • We need to shift from transmitting meaning to students to finding ways for student to construct meaning;
  • We need to move away from just external evaluations (by the teacher, of student work) to more self-assessment, which breeds improvement.

Time to Embrace Health 2.0

Authenticity is key to connecting with people around their health.

Utilizing technology to create behavior change takes an entrepreneurial spirit, passion to make a difference, and a holistic view of health.

A possible explanation for the reason that Health has generated its own “2.0” term are its applications across health care in general, and in particular it potential in public health promotion. One author describes the potential as “limitless”. (Reference:

The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. Above all, Health 2.0 remains a venue where innovation in technology is introduced and ground-breaking ideas are shared to drive change in the health care system.

Articles and videos from this conference are quite thought-provoking for our outreach and engagement coming out of academia.

See What’s the point of Health 2.0? for a video and article coming from this conference.  A final quote from the video:
“Use Technology to Expand the Human Element”

In 2007, I presented and wrote about, a site that allows patients to share and help one another. I knew this idea was valuable to patients!

In the time since launch (2005), the company has expanded to 9 disease categories, with plans to expand to many more. The company was named as one of the “15 Companies that Will Change the World” by Business 2.0 and CNN Money.[2] It was also featured in a March, 2008 New York Time Magazine article entitled “Practicing Patients”[3] and in December 2008 on a television segment with Sanjay Gupta for the CBS Evening News.[4]

Wikipedia reference:

Empowering Uses of Technology

From The Northwest Educational Technology Consortium (NETC)

You’ll know your integration is effective if it is:

  • Supporting diverse learners needs (SPED, ELL, TAG) /Meeting more diverse learning needs
  • Enabling a wider range of teaching styles /Augmenting teachers’ instructional style
  • Increasing the range of “hard-to-master” teaching strategies
  • Creating more positive teacher/student relationships
  • Building cooperation between students
  • Allowing teachers to see and appreciate students’ strengths rather than their deficits
  • Allowing more precise “on-the-fly”/”real-time” identification of barriers to student learning
  • Helping teachers use data to modify instruction
  • Expanding students’ appreciation and understanding of other people and cultures – both in class and globally
  • Helping students “shine” in the classroom
  • Targeted clearly toward identified school /classroom improvement goals
  • Introduced and taught in the context of core curriculum activities and projects rather than as standalone technology skills units

Jumping up on the “On-line Learning” Train

Toot Toot…… Getting a handle on on-line learning takes a strong caboose and a motivated locomotive engineer.  Today, I thought I would  give myself a boost up.

The growth of on-line learning is shown in a recent article by the Chronicle of Higher Ed: Online Learning: By the Numbers

Some recent articles share that most faculty are motivated to teach on-line if it is the best way to reach certain students and it meets student needs of a flexible schedule.  I found some other statistics from the Chronicle of Higher Ed interesting. It is not surprising the majority of faculty who have never taught on-line, don’t get the value and potential.  What stood out for me was the even distribution of tenured, tenured track and non-tenured track faculty that teach, and the different experiences depending on gender of instructors.  See Faculty Views about on-line learning

Pure lecture puts students to sleep in person, and I can’t imagine doing it on-line.  It would be so boring and truly turn off students. Look at best practices for teaching in-person to spark ideas for teaching on-line. I found a great article: A Brief Summary of the Best Practices in College Teaching and a resource from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory: Focus on Effectiveness

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