Review: Launch and global reach of an online COVID-19 course in multiple languages on OpenWHO in the first quarter of 2020

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Review: Launch and global reach of an online COVID-19 course in multiple languages on OpenWHO in the first quarter of 2020

Review: Launch and global reach of an online COVID-19 course in multiple languages on OpenWHO in the first quarter of 2020

This article highlights the urgent need to communicate COVID-19 resources in multiple languages.

OpenWHO, an open access learning platform, usually publishes learning resources initially in English, as this is the most-widely used and understood language across the globe; however, recent trends during the COVID-19 pandemic stress the importance of multilingual learning platforms. Notably during this pandemic is that Spanish versions of COVID-19 resources have been the most sought after resources. OpenWHO has expedited its learning development materials in multiple languages to increase access and use during this pandemic. Life-saving information must be packaged and delivered in languages spoken by target audiences, which is why it is important for localized materials to follow OpenWHO’s initiative to rely on crowdsourcing to publish resources in needed languages.

|2020-04-21T09:03:13-04:00April 21st, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Launch and global reach of an online COVID-19 course in multiple languages on OpenWHO in the first quarter of 2020

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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