Podcasts, Google, and YouTube—Oh My! An Innovative Online Course for University Students on Preventing Hearing Loss Although hearing conservation programs have been developed and assessed for young children, military and civilian personnel, employees, and other groups, few studies have reported on ways to assist college-age students to learn about and protect their hearing. In this paper, we discuss the rationale, development, analysis, and outcome of a ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2011
Podcasts, Google, and YouTube—Oh My! An Innovative Online Course for University Students on Preventing Hearing Loss
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  • Ingrid M. Blood
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Gordon W. Blood
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Article   |   December 01, 2011
Podcasts, Google, and YouTube—Oh My! An Innovative Online Course for University Students on Preventing Hearing Loss
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2011, Vol. 12, 4-12. doi:10.1044/hcoa12.1.4
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2011, Vol. 12, 4-12. doi:10.1044/hcoa12.1.4

Although hearing conservation programs have been developed and assessed for young children, military and civilian personnel, employees, and other groups, few studies have reported on ways to assist college-age students to learn about and protect their hearing. In this paper, we discuss the rationale, development, analysis, and outcome of a web-based, general education course at a large research university in the Northeast. The study analyzed annual student comments and evaluations of 2,745 individuals who had successfully completed the course from 2003 through 2011. Consistent, positive ratings using a seven-point scale (1 = lowest to 7 = highest) were obtained: the highest ratings of 6 or 7 were selected by 86% of respondents for content, 93% for overall learning experience, and 90% for online learning experience. Results suggested that college-age students can learn new knowledge and skills about hearing, hearing loss, and the negative impact of noise across the lifespan. Quantitative and qualitative data suggested that an innovative online teaching/learning experience that meets university degree requirements may help student learners develop healthy hearing practices necessary for a lifetime.

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