173760 Public health education beyond borders: Online learning and its integration with traditional classroom teaching

Monday, October 27, 2008: 2:30 PM

Veronica Acosta-Deprez, PhD , Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Noushin Khoiny, MPH-C , Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Cindy Gotz, MPH , Health Science Department, Calilfornia State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Shirley Jensen, RN, PHN, MPH-C , Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Curtis Bonk, PhD , Instructional Systems Technology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Online learning with the integration of face-to-face teaching has become a popular trend in public health education. Online learning can occur in multiple formats such as Blackboard, video streaming, web-based videoconferencing, synchronous chat tools, blogs, and discussion forums. For instance, public health instructors can assign students to virtual case problems, online simulations of patients, and discussion forums. Online chats with both national and international public health experts can also be conducted in real-time. When combined with traditional classroom instruction, online learning can enhance teaching instruction and promote a collaborative learning environment. Yet, few published studies have investigated the benefits of combining online learning with face-to-face instruction, defined as blended learning.

Our study assessed health educators' perceptions about the strengths and weaknesses of blended learning as well as its role in promoting a collaborative learning environment. During this session, we will discuss the results of our study as well as several models, definitions, benefits and disadvantages of blended learning. We will include different situations/problems relevant to the public health field and how online learning can be used as a supplement to face-to-face instruction in solving these problems. We will also demonstrate examples of online learning approaches and how they can be used to promote collaboration in learning beyond the traditional classroom walls. Finally, we will have participants think about how to build blended learning models, frameworks, courses, and modules that can benefit their own courses and programs.

Learning Objectives:
Describe current and future trends of online learning integration with face-to-face instruction in public health education. Analyze at least three situations/problems related to public health and how online learning can be used to solve these situations/problems. List examples of online learning approaches and how these can be used in public health. Discribe data on the current and future status of blended learning around the world.

Keywords: Health Education Strategies, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a doctorate in public health and educational technology. I have been a public health professor at California State University, Long Beach for over twelve years and have become an expert at incorporating technology into my teaching of public health courses. I have also presented research on educational technology and public health across the United States and have presented at the annual American Public Health Association conference in the past.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.