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ERIC Number: EJ1152403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0192-401X
Digital Literacy Instruction for eHealth and Beyond
Hill, Laura
ORTESOL Journal, v33 p34-40 2016
The increasing importance of digital technologies can disenfranchise individuals who lack digital literacy skills. As clinics adopt online health portals, even health care services require digital skills. Patients are often expected to check test results and perform other health-related tasks online, but few clinics provide support for those who lack the digital skills needed to navigate a health portal. For that reason, the Literacy, Language, and Technology Research group completed a project to teach patients how to use a health portal. They designed instructional materials in an online learning platform called Learner Web. The flexible nature of the online materials accommodated the needs of patients with a wide variety of interests, learning styles, and technological abilities. Importantly, the principles used to design these instructional materials are not only relevant for health portal instruction, but also for the ESL classroom. Thus, this article describes several strategies that ESL instructors can use to teach English through an online platform.
Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. PO Box 15148, Portland, OR 97293. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon
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