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

Publication ID Published Version
9290 December 13, 2012 1


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 Publications; 2012. Available from:

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.


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


  • Dental


  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Utilize IT for learning

Professional Interest

  • Distance Learning
  • Information Management/Computer Applications
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Teaching Skills
  • Technology
  • WeTeach

Instructional Methods

  • Lecture

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident


  • Presentation
  • Reference

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