Facebook is the most popular social media site visited by university students on a daily basis. Consequently, Facebook is the logical place to start with for integrating social media technologies into education. This study explores how a faculty-administered Facebook Page can be used to supplement anatomy education beyond the traditional classroom. Observations were made on students' perceptions and effectiveness of using the Page, potential benefits and challenges of such use, and which Insights metrics best reflect user's engagement. The Human Anatomy Education Page was launched on Facebook and incorporated into anatomy resources for 157 medical students during two academic years. Students' use of Facebook and their perceptions of the Page were surveyed. Facebook's “Insights” tool was also used to evaluate Page performance during a period of 600 days. The majority of in-class students had a Facebook account which they adopted in education. Most students perceived Human Anatomy Education Page as effective in contributing to learning and favored “self-assessment” posts. The majority of students agreed that Facebook could be a suitable learning environment. The “Insights” tool revealed globally distributed fans with considerable Page interactions. The use of a faculty-administered Facebook Page provided a venue to enhance classroom teaching without intruding into students' social life. A wider educational use of Facebook should be adopted not only because students are embracing its use, but for its inherent potentials in boosting learning. The “Insights” metrics analyzed in this study might be helpful when establishing and evaluating the performance of education-oriented Facebook Pages.
Human Anatomy Education Channel supports classroom teaching with videos that emphasize applied aspects of anatomy including cross-sectional, imaging, surgica...
Akram Jaffar's insight:
Human Anatomy Education Channel supports classroom teaching with videos that emphasize applied aspects of anatomy including cross-sectional, imaging, surgical, clinical, developmental, and surface anatomy. The Channel was researched and the analysis was published in: Jaffar AA. 2012. YouTube: An emerging tool in anatomy education. Anat Sci Ed. 5(3):158-164. doi: 10.1002/ase.1268 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22383096 Human Anatomy Education Page on Facebook supplements the Channel. The videos are captured from cadaveric dissection, plastinated specimens and sections, plastic models, bones, radiographs, PowerPoint presentations, histology photomicrographs, and surgical operations both open and laparoscopic. Some self-assessment videos are provided in the form of a steeplechase exam in which answers and explanations are provided by hovering the pointer over a highlighted area. Feedback is highly appreciated from channel viewers.
Admin: Dr.Akram Jaffar, Human Anatomy academic at University of Sharjah (UAE) and at Al-Nahrain...
Akram Jaffar's insight:
Supports classroom teaching with comments, links, questions, pictures, and interactions that emphasize applied aspects of anatomy including cross-sectional, imaging, surgical, clinical, and surface anatomy. Admin: Dr.Akram Jaffar, Human Anatomy academic at University of Sharjah (UAE) and at Al-Nahrain University (Iraq). The Page was researched and the analysis was published in: Jaffar AA. 2013. Exploring the Use of a Facebook Page in Anatomy Education. Anat Sci Ed. Published online: 10 Sep 2013. DOI: 10.1002/ase.1404 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ase.1404/abstract Human Anatomy Education Channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/akramjfr supplements this Facebook Page.
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