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ERIC Number: EJ1045836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Using Technology to Support Experiential Learning in Extension Nutrition and Health Programs
Schuster, Ellen
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v105 n4 p46-48 2013
Much has been written about hybrid or blended learning in K-12 and higher education. In hybrid, or blended learning, face-to-face and online delivery of content are provided. The challenge is how best to use each delivery mode to optimize learning. For example, students may view videos or other multimedia content outside of class, with class time spent on hands-on, experiential learning such as discussion, problem solving, or other activities. This particular delivery mode could be used in Extension nutrition and health programs for creating short informational videos which could free up program time to focus on experiential learning. There are many free and easy desktop and mobile apps to create videos. Some examples are Screenr, Screencast-o-matic, and Community Clips. It is not necessary for these videos to be high quality with high production value because viewers of these videos as part of Extension programs are more concerned about having their questions answered and their learning needs met. The use of good visuals coupled with narration in a short video is all that is needed. Some health-oriented short videos about diabetes and hypertension developed by physicians exist on the Khan Academy website ( Khan Academy is a free online library of short videos to help K-12 students learn and practice concepts in areas such as math and science. In fact, nutrition informational videos could be used for multiple Extension programs. A short video about reading labels could be used for participants in diabetes, healthy living, or other programs. They can be reviewed outside of class as often as needed, viewed with others in the household to share nutrition information, and viewed prior to face-to-face learning periods to motivate questions. Ultimately, the purpose of these videos, much like the blended learning approach in K-12 and higher education, is to free up class time so face-to-face time is better spent on application of nutrition concepts and problem-solving, not information dissemination.
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