Application of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Medical Education

Publication ID Published Volume
9290 December 13, 2012 8

Abstract

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.

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.

Citation

Mi M, Stefaniak J, Solomonson W. Application of web 2.0 technologies in enhancing teaching and learning in medical education. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9290. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9290

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe key functions and features of Web 2.0 technologies.
  2. To recognize popular Web 2.0 technologies used in medical education.
  3. To identify creative applications of these technologies in creating course-integrated learning activities to promote active learning of learners of the millennial generation.
  4. To apply the technologies to create instructional strategies to promote active learning.

Keywords

  • Web 2.0 Technologies, Social Media, Millennial Generation, Blogs, Wikis, eHealth, Technology, Enhance

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

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.

References

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

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