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Technology in postgraduate medical education: a dynamic influence on learning?

Bullock, Alison Deborah and Webb, Katie Louise 2015. Technology in postgraduate medical education: a dynamic influence on learning? Postgraduate Medical Journal 91 (1081) , pp. 646-650. 10.1136/postgradmedj-2014-132809

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Abstract

The influence of technology in medical workplace learning is explored by focusing on three uses: m-learning (notably apps), simulation and social media. Smartphones with point-of-care tools (such as textbooks, drug guides and medical calculators) can support workplace learning and doctors’ decision-making. Simulations can help develop technical skills and team interactions, and ‘in situ’ simulations improve the match between the virtual and the real. Social media (wikis, blogs, networking, YouTube) heralds a more participatory and collaborative approach to knowledge development. These uses of technology are related to Kolb's learning cycle and Eraut's intentions of informal learning. Contentions and controversies with these technologies exist. There is a problem with the terminology commonly adopted to describe the use of technology to enhance learning. Using learning technology in the workplace changes the interaction with others and raises issues of professionalism and etiquette. Lack of regulation makes assessment of app quality a challenge. Distraction and dependency are charges levelled at smartphone use in the workplace and these need further research. Unless addressed, these and other challenges will impede the benefits that technology may bring to postgraduate medical education.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0032-5473
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 30 July 2015
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 12:06
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/76871

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