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ERIC Number: EJ871127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
The Future of Technology in Health Education: Challenging the Traditional Delivery Dogma
Kittleson, Mark J.
American Journal of Health Education, v40 n6 p310-316 Nov-Dec 2009
The author has been blessed with an opportunity to contribute to the profession of health education via a technology that 20 years ago did not exist. The HEDIR catapulted him into the national limelight. He created the HEDIR in 1992--the profession's first email directory and listserv. The profession has found the HEDIR to be an exceptional tool to communicate thoughts, solicit ideas, and to share information. Currently the HEDIR has over 1,700 participants and has sent over 22,000 messages in its history. There are many other lists that people subscribe to, or use technologies that are way more interactive, expansive and creative. Yet, the HEDIR continues to survive. The author thinks the HEDIR did (and still does) three things: (1) it allows an individual to not feel so isolated; (2) the HEDIR allows everyone an equal voice; and (3) the HEDIR introduced people to the use of technology when technology was in its infancy. For many health educators they were thrown into technology. The author believes the HEDIR helped with that transition. In this article, the author discusses the future of technology in health education. There are several challenges facing the profession of health education regarding the use of technology. The author challenges the young professionals to create the future by conducting research to show how best to incorporate technology. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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