4328.0 Teaching Innovations in the Health Classroom

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 4:30 PM
In order to maintain competency in rapidly changing health care systems, and meet the challenge of overcoming traditional barriers to continuing education, college students need access to innovative educational delivery methods. Recently, the areas of responsibility and competency for entry-level health educators were updated. These competencies are intended to guide the preparation of health education students at the undergraduate level. However, too often, individual courses are not developed or assessed in the broad context of overall student development. Although acknowledged as a critical competency, advocacy for health education is neither a skill nor knowledge set encountered in the typical college classroom. Of alternative classroom approaches, modeling behaviors appears to offer knowledge as well as personal empowerment to becoming an effective advocate. This session will also cover such topics as the impact of technology integration on instructional quality and students' learning experience, blended learning, and the effects of active learning using virtual environment technology.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: (1)Discuss advantages and disadvantages of a technology-enhanced curriculum that creates a new learning environment for students; (2)Describe 3 benefits of using e-portfolios to assess student progress toward competency in health education; (3)Discriminate among methods to provide instruction in advocacy for health and health education.

5:00 PM
Health Education Advocacy in the Classroom
Susan M. Radius, PhD, CHES, Marlene K. Tappe, PhD, CHES and Regina A. Galer-Unti, PhD, CHES
5:15 PM
Pathways to Progress: Current and Future Trends of Blended Learning and Public Health Education
Veronica Acosta-Deprez, PhD, Curtis Bonk, PhD, Noushin Khoiny, MPH-C, Cindy Gotz, MPH-C and Shirley Jensen, RN, PHN, MPH-C
5:30 PM
Using virtual reality to develop and test educational approaches for abstract scientific concepts
Kimberly Kaphingst, ScD, Susan Persky, PhD, Christina Lachance, MPH, Cade McCall, Sara Driskell, Andrew Beall, PhD and James Blascovich, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing