Expanding Global Health Literacy Using New Media Technologies

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  • Title: Expanding Global Health Literacy Using New Media Technologies
  • Author(s): Brenda Janot
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Technologies in Learning
  • Keywords: Transactional Distance Theory, Health Literacy Development, Social Technology
  • Volume: 25
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-0144 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2686 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0144/CGP/v25i02/15-21
  • Citation: Janot, Brenda. 2018. "Expanding Global Health Literacy Using New Media Technologies." The International Journal of Technologies in Learning 25 (2): 15-21. doi:10.18848/2327-0144/CGP/v25i02/15-21.
  • Extent: 7 pages

Abstract

The aim of this critical analysis is to offer learners innovative alternatives to investigate, collaborate, and utilize new media technologies to support health literacy development. This study applies transactional distance theory as a universal model for socio-cultural learning to foster independent study and encourage healthy behavior. The purpose is to cultivate learning as a social process. New media technology, in the context of transactional distance theory, develops knowledge through social engagement and structured learning. The transactional distance theory applications evoke awareness among self-directed learners to share knowledge with peers who share a common point of view, which strengthens interactions within their community of practice.