Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hello from the UK!

Thank you for letting me make a contribution here. I would love to see a multi-author blog like this become a hub for the global community of medical educators.
Here is a short introduction to why I decided to start using social media:

A few months ago I gave a presentation in my university about how I was trying to use new media with Blackboard to help the students that I teach.

Integrating Web 2.0 with Blackboard from Anne Marie Cunningham on Vimeo.

Some of slightly contentious issues that might get a debate going:

1. What safeguards should we take when blogging about our experiences of teaching? Here is a post that I have written about teaching communication skills, and another about where first year medical students told me they looked for resources. I hope you will agree that there is a lot to be learned from these stories, and that I have not identified any individual students. But what should be our boundaries?

2. Should we expect students to engage in public discourse? Would it be fair to require students to write or reflect in public (assuming that there was no risk to patient confidentiality)? Here is my blog post: "In praise of the walled garden (VLE)". That doesn't mean that I am not happy to try and make it as easy as possible for students to access any content I generate through the use of tools such as Facebook. This is a Facebook  page that I set up to support my teaching. I tried to make sure that students knew that this was not a space that was appropriate for interaction. I did this to minimise any risk to patient confidentiality, but also because I wasn't sure that I wanted another place to check (beyond Blackbood forums and email) for student queries. I did get one or two queries to my personal account on twitter but that was OK!

I hope that will get things started!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

How is social media being used in medical education?

We're looking for real-life examples of how social media tools are being used in medical education today. In part, we'd like to showcase a range of how educators are innovating using social media tools. Also, we're looking for a case to serve as debate fodder: we want medical education leaders to be able to fully discuss a case's potential pro's and con's.

Some real-life examples:
Twitter account for advising medical students
Reflective writing/narrative medicine blogs
Facebook page for medical school course
Podcasts for lectures, general school information
Twitter/Facebook pages for medical school admissions office

How are others using social media tools in meded?