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How learning about health literacy helped us design better information for new BHD patients #healthliteracy

How learning about health literacy helped us design better information for new BHD patients #healthliteracy | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Health literacy is defined as the ability of an individual to obtain, understand and process health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (Institute of Medicine, 2004). Those with poorer health literacy have poorer health, find medication difficult to manage and have greater mortality rates (Berkman et al., 2011). The Information Standard recently ran a workshop on Health Literacy for information providers, and we were fortunate enough to attend. Gill Rowlands, a GP and health literacy lead for the Department of Health, presented unpublished data showing that health literacy levels in the UK are generally low, and that low health literacy maps with areas of deprivation. Up to 74% of people in the low health literacy group were not able to understand health information commonly circulated by charities and the NHS. However, even in the higher literacy group, up to 24% of people could not understand the same samples of health information. This suggests that in order to improve health outcomes – aside from initiatives to improve health literacy – health information needs to be made more accessible to the general public. With the tools acquired at the workshop, we decided to review our BHD information pamphlets. Using the Simple Measure of Gobbledegook (SMOG) calculator, we found that most sections of the pamphlets scored 18 and above, meaning that some of this information might not be accessible to at least 43% of our target audience.


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Is There Room for Case Studies in Development Practice?

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The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic

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Digital access, commerce, communication, literacy and etiquette… What do these words have in common? Well, for starters, they are all components of digital citizenship. In fact, these concepts---an...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 4, 10:40 AM

Nice image to use not only during your digital citizenship lessons but as a poster for computer areas in the school.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 5, 9:48 AM

My pick for Infographic of the Week. ;)

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Teaching Information Literacy Skills

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DefinitionLet's start with a clear understanding of what "information literacy" means. Most definitions center on the basic communication competencies of accessing, analyzing, evaluating and communicating information.
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e-Jobs: Virtual Academic Writing Coach/Developmental Editor

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QUALIFICATIONS
PhD in English, Communications or equivalent.
Demonstrated ability to write clear and compelling communications and utilize a variety of communication channels.
Experience teaching writing and/or scientific communication skills.
Advanced technology skills.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 31, 2:49 PM

Keep in mind, if you have this skill set, you would be a strong candidate for online teaching jobs teaching research skills to Doctoral candidates -- Especially if you have previous online teaching experience. 


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4 questions to ask before launching a social media giveaway

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A social media giveaway can be a boon or a bust. Have the answers to these four questions at the outset so you don't waste your money.

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Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com's curator insight, May 28, 6:02 PM


I find giveaways a hit or a miss. Well, more of a miss than a hit, actually.


To me, the reason is simple: Brands big and small don't really have a plan. They are looking for a short-term solution for lack of likes, newsletter signups, comments, and sales.


Jim Belosic does a great job explaining what you need to do before you decide investing your time and money into giveaways. 


To me, question #1 (Does the prize have emotional appeal) is the most important. What do you think? 

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Transforming Teaching and Learning in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from Seven Countries

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How are our teachers teaching in schools in the Asia-Pacific region? Do their pedagogical practices meet the needs of the 21st century? What is required to change teaching and learning? Through case studies on changing pedagogical landscapes in seven countries - Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Republic of Korea, and Viet Nam - this publication reflects on these questions and explores opportunities and challenges in transforming teaching and learning.


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A free PDF ebook.

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa

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The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities

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Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy

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A neat visualization of the verbs associated with Bloom's Taxonomy.

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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology. There are several iPad apps that can provide writers with all kinds of prompts and incentives to write creatively.  Below is a sample of some of the best iPad apps to help you with writer's block. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions:

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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 29, 9:55 AM

Great ways to encourage student writing in all areas.

 

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In today’s increasingly competitive business landscape, an understanding of financial matters is an important life skill.
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View the Babson Survey Research: Open Educational Resources Report

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This report, funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from Pearson, examines the attitudes, opinions, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) among teaching faculty in U.S. higher education.


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John Shank's curator insight, November 7, 2014 11:02 AM

Enormous implications for the adoption of OERs in Higher Ed. Check David & Phil make great points @opencontent  @PhilOnEdTech #edtech #OERs #OpenAccess #eLearning #ALA

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Two Suggested Screencasting Tools for Communicating Information

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May is a busy month. In lieu of my normal weekly newsletters for staff, I have elected to use a few screencasting applications to communicate information. Screencasts are brief video recordings tha...

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 19, 8:16 PM

I love this idea. I could send a booktalk video to staff of suggested holiday reading instead of my usual newsletter!  Time to play!

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Touchcast et movenote.