Health Educators Learning Online
The Health Educators Learning Online (HELO) Project is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Education, The School of Education at the University at Albany, The SUNY Learning Network, organizations supporting open educational resources (such as MERLOT.org) and Health Educators across NYS with help and guidance from leaders in NYSPHERD and elsewhere. The five-year overarching goal of this project is to create a portfolio of online resources and interaction opportunities that contribute to the professional development of health educators across the New York State. Targeting pre-service and in-service health teachers including elementary teachers who teach health-related topics, the online environment created through this project will support both formal professional development and informal ongoing learning. Throughout the project we also intend to involve graduate students in research on professional development, online learning, and the effectiveness of online materials in fostering better understanding of health. As a research institution we see this project as an incubator for ideas, hypotheses and systematic inquiry about how people learn in technology mediated environments.
As part of the HELO project, we will engage students in ETAP 623 (Systematic Design of Instruction)--HELO Fellows in particular--to work collaboratively to design and develop wiki-based mini-courses to support professional learning of health educators.
HELO Fellows, please add your name to this list: HELO Fellows