Online Sex Education Using Social and Mobile

online sex educationYou’d think it’s been done. With all the money pouring into online interactive education — witness the advent of MOOCs with Coursera and Udacity, and EdTech incubators churning out new educational products for the K-12 market, you’d think someone would have tackled online sex education by now.

As usual, in our tech-savvy, sex-averse environment, no one’s jumping up and down to fund online sex education. The National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research (NIH SBIR) program has some innovators at its heels, such as Sociometrics’ Know the Risks and The Academic Edge’s WSTDTv program. But, these sex ed curricula continue to be fear-based, heteronormative, and based on a world before Facebook and Twitter took over the online world.

Some grad students in North Carolina are crowdfunding MyHealthEd course, a tailored program to cover comprehensive sex ed, among other topics. And our friends in Canada, at the Alberta Health Services, have created an online sexual health training workshop for public school teachers.

Then, we’ve got the folks who are creating amazing digital curricula, like Common Sense Media and PBS Learning Media, who have stayed far away from health education, no less medically-accurate sex education as subject matter.

Do you know of other online sex education ventures? Curricula that are widely distributed, or have potential for scale? Talk about it on our Facebook page.

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