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Web 2 and other newer Technologies

Web 2.0 (social media exemplars, guidance,.....)

A network for students interested in evidence-based healthcare: (one example is an award wining use of Prezi [presentation tool with a social media dimension]: Cochrane Evidence: Useful, Usable and Used – Routine scale and polish for periodontal health in adults

Using YouTube to push ideas about continuing medical education: TEDxMaastricht - Lawrence Sherman - "Turning medical education inside out and upside down":

Direction about Youtube education channels:
from the blog site

The GMC in its section Information for medical students has a page entitled Social media: what does it mean for you? (URL is This includes commments from students about social media, the benefits, the dangers of inappropriate use, demarcation lines. Plus links to guidelines from other bodies (BMA, NMC,....).

The GMC in 2012 reviewed its good medical practice guidelines, and "As part of the consultation on our explanatory guidance from April to June 2012, Dr Anne-Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham), a GP and Clinical Lecturer at Cardiff University, wrote on the role of social media in doctors’ lives: [Accessed 31 Oct 14]

The BMA has an 8-page PDF "Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students" [Accessed 3 Mar 13] [Accessed 3 Mar 13]

Kind T, Patel PD, Lie D, Chretien KC (2013)"Twelve tips for using social media as a medical educator" Medical Teacher, Informa Health Care, Posted online on November 21, 2013. (doi:10.3109/0142159X.2013.852167) Last Accessed 25 Nov 13

Lafferty N (2013) Web 2.0 and Social Media in Education and Research. This paper is by Natalie Lafferty of the University of Dundee College of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery and has been produced for the NHS–HE Forum Connectivity Best Practice Working Group of the NHS-HE Forum. The presentation Natalie made at the launch of the report is here. Last Accessed 22 May 13

Learning with 'e's, "Steve Wheeler's thoughts on learning technology and things digital..."

LinkedIn - eLearning in Undergraduate Medical Education: Place to discuss portfolios/OERs/VLEs and everything else!" [Accessed 3 Mar 13]

NHS (briefing paper 88, March 2013) has new guide on using social media to increase staff engagement  12-page PDF at and Social media and the NHS: "a suite of publications covering topics, such as increasing staff engagement with social media, HR and social media as well as an essential guide for chief executives", Last Accessed 3 March 2014,

Twitter in learning and teaching: A literature review: written by the staff at the Physiotherapy department at the University of Nottingham: an extract, cites medical educator, A M Cunningham, her blog site is [Accessed 3 Mar 13]

YouTube - Medical Reel: Medical Reel brings together reliable, informative videos for medical students, physicians, surgeons, medical staff and patients. [Accessed 3 Mar 13]

Articles about Web 2.0, Webcasting/Podcasting/Interactivity

Brumley, C: "The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Know Your Audience and Your Schedule", LSE Review of Books Digital Editor Cheryl Brumley and Brumley, C: "The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Microphones and Recorders" [Accessed 1 Mar 13]

Burns C and Myhll D (2004) “Interactive or inactive? A consideration of the nature of interaction in whole class teaching”, Cambridge Journal of Education, vol 34 no. 1.

Cheston CC, Flickinger TE, Chisolm MS (2013), "Social Media Use in Medical Education: A Systematic Review." Acad Med. 2013 Apr 24, (abstract, pre publication at,  Last Accessed 28 April 13

Conole G,  Alevizou P (2010) "A literature review of the use of Web 2.0 tools in Higher Education", A report commissioned by the Higher Education Academy,

Day, J, Foley, J, Groeneweg, R and Van der Mast, C (2004) “Enhancing the classroom learning experience with web lectures”, (last accessed: 15/2/2013).

Kamel Boulos M N, Maramba I and Wheeler S (2006) Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education,

Matava CT, Rosen D, Siu E, Bould DM (2013) "eLearning among Canadian anesthesia residents: a survey of podcast use and content needs", BMC Medical Education 2013, 13:59 doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-59, Published: 23 April 2013, (abstract at, Last Accessed 28 April 13

Whitehead D.E.J., Bray D., Harries M. (2007) "Not just music but medicine. Podcasting surgical procedures in otolaryngology" Clinical Otolaryngology 32 (1), 3–6 (availble via Queen's library e-journals)

Westwood M A, Flett A S, Riding P, Moon J C (2009) "How to webcast lectures and conferences", BMJ 2009;338:b31 And then a considered response entitled: "How to webcast longer lectures: reflexions from e-learning context", Julien Mancini, Jean-Charles Dufour, and Marius Fieschi (13 February 2009)/ [This article describes how doctors with little previous experience have approached the recording and online broadcasting of talks and conferences.]

Cancer Research UK podcasts - - Cancer Research UK produces a monthly podcast covering all aspects of its work, including research, health awareness, fundraising campaigns and personal stories. Each podcast lasts around 15 minutes. 

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  JAMA is one of the top general medical journals published in the United States. Here you will find links to podcasts for the weekly audio commentary for JAMA, back to March 2006.

Johns Hopkins medicine podcasts  From the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, one of the leading US medical centres, weekly podcasts (lasting between five and twelve minutes) examine the top medical stories of the week. There is also an archive of podcasts back to 2005.

The Lancet  An archive of weekly audio summaries from 'The Lancet' back to February 2006. These summaries feature the journal's editorial staff discussing the highlights of a week's issue, and usually include at least one interview with the author of a key paper:

Electronic Voting Systems:

Draper S W (2002) Electronically enhanced classroom interaction, Dr Draper also has a site Electronic Voting Systems and interactive lectures: entrance lobby, 

Draper, S, Cargill, J and Cutts, Q (2002) “Electronically enhanced classroom interaction”, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 18 no. 1, pp13 – 23, (last accessed 14/2/07)

Guthrie R. Waking the Dead: Using Interactive Technology to Engage Passive Listeners in the Classroom. Proceedings of the Tenth Americas Conference on Information Systems. New York, New York. 2004; 1-8, accessible from (last accessed 15/7/2010)

Matesic M A. Provocation to Learn – A study in the Use of Personal Response Systems in Information Literacy Instruction, The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. 2008; 3; 1, (last accessed 15/7/2010)

Palmer E J, Devitt P G, De Young N J, Morris D (2005) "Assessment of an electronic voting system within the tutorial setting: A randomised controlled trial", BMC Medical Education 2005, 5:24 (available through Library Catalogue]  

Wit, E (2003) “Who wants to be … The Use of a Personal Response System in Statistics Teaching”, MSOR Connections, Vol 3 no. 2, pp 14 – 20, [last accessed 16 Feb 2010]

Handheld Computers/Smartphones

Baumgart D C, "Smartphones in Clinical Practice Medical Education, and Research", ARCH INTERN MED/VOL 171 (NO. 14), JULY 25, 2011 (available via University Library)

Franko O I, Tirrell T F (2012) "Smartphone App Use Among Medical Providers in ACGME Training Programs", Journal of Medical Systems, Oct 2012, Vol 36, Issue 5, pp 3135-3139

Jackson M, Ganger A C, Bridge P D, Ginsburg K (2005) Wireless Handheld Computers in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum, Volume 10, No 25, Medical Education Online,, [Last Accessed 12 December 2005]

Alur P, Hseuh Fun C, Rhoon K D, Eng K H, Joseph R, Hee L S, Hin L E (2002) "The Role of Wireless Pocket PCs in Medical Curriculum Delivery & Formative Assessment for Medical Students", CDTLink, Mar 2002 Vol. 6   No. 1, Triannual newsletter produced by the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, [Last Accessed 28 Feb 2007]


Finding and Using Digital Images, from the Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) 

JISC (2006) “Designing Spaces for Effective Learning”,  (last viewed: 15/1/2007).

Presentation Helper -

TechDIS provides advice and guidance on accessibility issues using technology [this is JISC-funded service (Joint Information Systems Committee) which aims to enhance provision for disabled students and staff in higher, further and specialist education and adult and community learning, through the use of technology.] [Last Accessed 3/03/06].

University of Tasmania - Examplars and advice about using PowerPoint in imaginative ways [] Last Accessed 24 Feb 06