Online Program

Technology aided open education for empowerment and wellness of girls and women

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Gopal Sankaran, MD, DrPH, MNAMS, CHES, Department of Health, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Technology has opened up new vistas for education of girls and women in many parts of the world. Empowerment of girls and women through education and gainful economic employment are known to promote their health and wellbeing. While rapid penetration of technology to corners of the globe is noted in the 21st century, the existence of the digital divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is a sobering reality. This paper explores the challenges and opportunities presented by technology-aided open education and how best to leverage it to promote education and health of girls and women globally. The importance of ‘local bridging' and related processes and strategies are identified and discussed with appropriate examples.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify a minimum of three challenges in development and utilization of technology aided open education to promote wellbeing of girls and women globally. Specify at least two strategies as to how technology aided open education could be facilitated to meet the educational needs of girls and women.

Keyword(s): Technology, Women

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working for more than 30 years in the arena of health care as a professor, physiciana nd public health practioner. i have presented at various nationala nd international conferences and have published extensively.
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.