Application of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
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Emerging technologies such as Web 2.0 technologies (or tools) and social media networks have become more and more popular with the general public, especially learners of the millennial generation; these technologies are making inroads in our daily life. Web 2.0 tools and social media networks are increasingly used and introduced in the medical field for promoting active learning, for better exchange of information between students, physicians, physicians and patients, and for improved productivity of collaborative team work across distance. Research suggests that a majority of medical students are using Web 2.0 tools and social networking sites. They read or write for blogs, contribute to wikis, share files in various medium, and stay connected with others. Medical educators need to recognize the potentials of these tools in complementing, promoting, and improving student learning, and adding new dimensions of learning (e.g., collaborative/social learning, mobile learning, flexible, and personalized learning) to the medical curriculum. To meet faculty’s needs and respond to student usage of the tools, this multimedia training module is designed to help faculty identify and learn different ways of using Web 2.0 technologies to create learning experiences to enrich existing curricula in medical education.
Mi M, Stefaniak J, Solomonson W. Application of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Medical Education. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9290
- To describe key functions and features of Web 2.0 technologies.
- To recognize popular Web 2.0 technologies used in medical education.
- To identify creative applications of these technologies in creating course-integrated learning activities to promote active learning of learners of the millennial generation.
- To apply the technologies to create instructional strategies to promote active learning.
- Web 2.0 Technologies, Social Media (MeSH), Millennial Generation, Blogs, Wikis
- Practice-based Learning & Improvement
- Distance Learning
- Information Management/Computer Applications
- Instructional Materials/Methods
- Professional School
- Dental Student
- Medical Student
- Professional School Post-Graduate Training
Authors & Co-Authors
Dr. Misa Mi, BA, PhD, MT, MLS
Ms. Jill Stefaniak, M.T.D, CPLP
University of Oakland
Dr. Will Solomonson, BA, MA, PhD
University of Oakland
Effectiveness and Significance
The training session was successfully presented as a workshop at the 2012 CGEA meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
Some of the Web 2.0 tools addressed in the training session have been successfully implemented at the authors' institution since the authors began to introduce them to faculty through training in different format. For example, a Wiki website has been created to promote the learning events/activities for a faculty learning community focusing on scholarly teaching and medical educational research; a number of basic sciences faculty are using Dropbox and Google Docs to share documents and collaborating course planning work and writing projects; several medical students are using Blog to write their personal reflection on different issues concerning their learning experiences. The training content is developing medical educators' knowledge of the technologies and equip them with tools, techniques, and strategies in overcoming challenges in teaching learners of the millennial generation, engaging learners, and promoting their active learning.
Special Implementation Guidelines or Requirements
This is a 90 minute interactive training module which can be adapted for different levels of audience: faculty, residents, and fellows. The module can also be expanded to meet different needs in learning different types of emerging technologies to create learning experiences for the millennial learners in preclinical and clinical settings.
Instructor manual, instructor's guide, and detailed practical implementation advice are provided to support educators who plan to incorporate some instructional strategies created with Web 2.0 tools to promote active learning.
This information is made available under the Creative Commons license.
This publication has been formally peer reviewed elsewhere
The proposal for the training module was peer-reviewed, and the training was presented as a workshop at the 2012 CGEA meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
Publications, Presentations, and/or Citations for this Publication
Mi M, Stefaniak J, Solomonson W. Application of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (workshop). Presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges Central Group on Educational Affairs meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 29-31, 2012