Transforming Community health Education Via New media
Object/Purpose: An Audience Response System (ARS) commonly used in schools and universities was studied for its benefit in community health education. Audience response systems or “clickers” are technological tools for promoting interactive learning.
Method: 120 Chinese female immigrants attended a trilingual (English, Cantonese, Mandarin) community diabetes health education town hall session were asked to participate in this study. 90 of them agreed to try the ARS. The ARS allows presenter to ask questions through any presentation application, and audience will then answer the questions with a remote key pad, or “clickers”. Presenter displays results in real-time and the system will record the responses. All participants were instructed on the use of the ARS prior to the presentation. There were 29 questions embedded in the presentation.
esults: Of the 90 participants, 32% were under 50 years old. Almost all participants (99%) were foreign-born and half the participants (52%) were in the U.S. less than 10 years. 98% reported speaking their native language at home and 42% had less than 9 years of education. Out of the 29 questions, 25 of them achieved 80% response rate. 91% reported that they liked the system and 87% found it easy to use. 87% liked to see the real-time results and 88% though that it enhanced their learning experience.
Discussion/Conclusion: With the ARS, the knowledge and viewpoints of participants can be instantly graphed and displayed, and pertinent information can be provided in real-time. The ARS creates interactivity between presenters and their audience.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Describe the Audience Response System (ARS). Compare the ARS and traditional community health education.
Keyword(s): Media, Health Promotion and Education
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of multiple federally funded grants focusing on health disparities, especially on Asian health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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