I am a senior lecturer and consultant in medical biochemistry and metabolic medicine in Cardiff, and have a growing interest in the use of technology in medical education. Here I have curated a variety of web-based tools that can be used for educational purposes, along with websites that support their use and provide guidance for clinical teachers and students in how to use them. It can be time consuming introducing new approaches into our practice, but hopefully this webpage will make the process of finding and using the right one easier.
You can find information about the Department of Medical Biochemistry in Cardiff University from the link here, which includes a link to my personal profile.
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This is the project blog on content curation that Anne Marie Cunningham and I are running in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. This isn't just about experts curating content for students - we are aiming to get students collaborating on curation tasks as well. We have decided to use Scoop.it as the platform, and it will all be publicly available, so watch this space!
Being digital from the Open University, is a collection of short, easy to follow activities. They cover the skills we all need to be effective online; whether it’s finding information, communicating online, or deciding who or what to trust.
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Great selection of short activities for getting going in the online environment.
This is an excellent collection of "virtual patients", branching case scenarios where users have to make clinical decisions. It also has a variety of resources that would be useful when designing your own.
A helpful guide to evaluating the quality of websites, aimed at students in higher education. It contains lots of hints and tips that will be useful to others as well, and is part of the JISC programme of digital literacy courses. I would recommend new digital curators work through this when starting out.
A content curation tool, this time the idea is that you "pin" your curated pages to your "board". Like other content curation sites, all this can be shared through various social media outlets as well within Pinterest if you wish.
Pearltrees lets you have all your interests at your fingertips all the time
Duncan Cole's insight:
A curation tool that allows you to link together your curated "pearls" into "trees". Quite a nice idea as it makes the relations between topics more visible. Like all such tools, it also allows you to share your "pearls" and view others with similar themes to yours.
We are experiencing the democratization of education. There are numerous free and open resources for learning on the Web:
Khan AcademyYouTube UniversityTEDTalks While these sites have terrific videos, they have a limitation inherent to such content; they tend to be linear and difficult to change once published. In order for them to be more useful to students, the teacher often may want some control over the content so she is not stuck with what the creator of the video created or intended.She may want to use only a part of the content of the video, and then link it to another part of another videoShe may want to add some questions or additional content to the videoShe may want her students to create a project that is like a collage - containing parts of videos they find and stitch together.The good news is that there are now many services that are popping up to help
At the end of the day, you’re “doing” a lot actually simply by using a technology like scoopit. You’re modeling the proper use of social media, can help students understand writing for an audience, keywords and vocabulary understanding (and the aforementioned audience awareness), exploration and gathering of online resources, image and element impact, collaboration and community environments.
This is a thought provoking post on student curation, with a helpful conceptualisation of the differences between directive and discovery learning. Curation tools certainly have the potential to support student research, and they also promote sharing and collaboration. The idea that the "textbook" of the future might be essentially a curation platform is also an interesting one. It seems to me that the ideas put forward are more like a digital notebook but possibly with more sharing features, or perhaps a wiki if many students can contribute content. It is an approach we could explore further in higher education, but as with all such ideas we will still need to consider where such approaches would be best used, if at all.
This is an excellent introduction on how to tell if a medical website is of high quality, and (if you are aiming for this) to get your own curated on Webicina. It covers Twitter, medical blogs, YouTube channels amongst others.
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.
Duncan Cole's insight:
This is a curation tool that facilitates arranging webpages, videos, images, and social media conversations into a story, in which you can also add comments and expand upon as you wish. In a sense this gets to a core task in curation, which is to select objects in a collection to tell a specific story. Lots of other curation platforms don't really do this - you can bookmark websites, critically comment, and make it all searchable, but platforms often don't have this feature of telling a story. Of course, this isn't always essential, but I quite like this approach as one way of putting together a short online tutorial - for examples see my calcium disorders and salt and water homeostasis tutorials on my clinical biochemistry scoop.it page.