Can an Evidence-Based Blended Learning Model Serve Healthcare Patients and Adult Education Students?

  • Jayshiro TashiroEmail author
  • Patrick C. K. Hung
  • Miguel Vargas Martin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10949)


We explore the possibilities for evidence-based blended learning models that benefits both adult healthcare patients with chronic illness and also adults completing basic education programs designed to help them achieve high school equivalency with improved readiness for college and career. Ten chronic disease areas consume disproportionate percentages of healthcare resources. Adult education programs have become essential components of strategies to reduce education gaps and prepare unemployed or under-employed adults for college and career readiness. Consequently, in many countries these two populations of learners are critical to economic stability and sustained growth in technology-oriented careers. Ongoing research provided a model that combines emerging educational technologies and courseware in ways that allow customization of instructional strategies yet accommodate training in diverse content and skills. In this paper, we present the model and suggest a set of recommendations to improve educational support of adults with chronic diseases as well as to improve educational frameworks for adults preparing for college and career readiness.


Patient education Adult education Blended learning Evidence-based instruction Educational technology Courseware Adaptive learning engines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jayshiro Tashiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrick C. K. Hung
    • 1
  • Miguel Vargas Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and Information TechnologyUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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