Online interactive technologies have the potential to reach people in many contexts including their home, work, and on weekends. Practitioners and educators are using virtual environments for interaction, teaching, counselling, and as intervention tools to modify health behaviours.
Our speakers, who use these technologies in practice, health education and teaching of post-secondary students, describe how existing and potential applications of virtual environments can improve nutrition and health education across the life span and how behaviour change theories can be implemented in these environments. They illustrate how instructional design, media, and virtual environments are designed to change health behaviours and reduce health disparities through health communication and behaviour change strategies. Learn how these emerging technologies can change your approach to teaching and interventions.
Joan Cowdery PhD is Professor, Health Education and Graduate Program Coordinator at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.
Karen Davison PhD RD is Fulbright Canada Research Chair at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, visiting scholar at Oregon State University, and Health Science faculty member at Kwantlen PolytechnicUniversity in Surrey, BC.