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Retired Ann Arbor Physician and Professor Wields New Media to Teach Health Science
Date:7/13/2014

e – that describe Teaching Patients who illustrate troubles to avoid. Each week, through posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, a Teaching Patient provides real-life instruction. Tuesday and Thursday are times to engage Power in Q&A on the Teaching Patient.

Sunday Science posts cover topical health issues and new findings bearing on visceral obesity. They also set the stage for the Teaching Patient in the week upcoming. In this way, Health Yourself 101 works through 26 weekly lessons over a six-month period. Then the course will be reviewed, updated, and repeated over the next six months.

In designing this free online learning program, Power drew upon the latest research into effective university-sponsored use of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The most successful MOOCs, he found, provide an organized curriculum, the opportunity to ask questions of the Instructor, and a periodic review of course content. “They also,” he says, ”give students the chance to self-test their grasp of the material at their convenience.” Health Yourself 101 fulfills all of these requirements.

Self-assessment opportunities are available 24/7 on “Match Play,” a colorful tennis-themed quiz site. Students test their knowledge at four self-selected skill levels: Park Skill, Club Skill, Tour Skill, and Slam Skill. They work through the testing, volley by volley, as if playing against another team… “Game, set, match.”

For the student’s review of the previous month’s learning content, Health Yourself 101 has an onsite app called “Countdown.” Ser
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