*Margaret Mary Hansen, Chris Paton
University of San Francisco
Workshop Presentations
Sunday, Sept 30, 2012: 1:40 PM – 3:10 PM – LK130

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*Presenting Speaker

Educating adults (andragogy) and imparting knowledge has dramatically changed over the past 50 years with the advent of computers and various online technologies. However, there is still some debate about whether or not deep learning is really associated with the use of technology in professional education. The aim of this interactive presentation is to demonstrate interactive social media technologies that may be used in healthcare professional education and development.

What will be presented?

We will present an overview of how popular social media tools such as Twitter, Wikieducator, YouTube  and Facebook are being used for education and demonstrate some healthcare specific social media learning environments that we use at our institutions to assist with student learning.

What technologies/features will be demonstrated?

Chris Paton will demonstrate how clinicians engaged in postgraduate study at the University of Auckland are using the Hive, built on the Ning platform. He also will demonstrate how the Health Informatics Forum is being used by student nurses to learn about health informatics and how New Media Medicine is used by United Kingdom medical students.

Margaret Hansen will demonstrate how nurse graduate students at the University of San Francisco are using Wikieducator. She will demonstrate how the Wikieducator platform serves educators worldwide and assists with students’ learning to create effective patient-centered curriculum that is shared with other educators, students and patients.

What novel aspects of design/function have been implemented?

Most e-learning tools are designed around the teachers or institution that provide them. They are used for managing students, delivering marks and making class announcements. Though useful, these functions are less about e-learning and more about administration. In our presentation, we’ll discuss why it’s really the social elements of e-learning systems that provide the learning and why social media tools such as Ning, Twitter and Facebook can potentially offer much more for students than traditional e-learning solutions.

How can viewers get more information about the project being demonstrated?

They may view (and join) the Hive at www.hive.org.nz and the Health Informatics Forum at www.healthinformaticsforum.com. Viewers may visit www.wikieducator.com and click on “content” in order to see examples of previous nurse graduate students’ work.