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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice

BioMed Central | Abstract | 1472-6920-6-41 | Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education
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This new (provisional) paper "Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education" by Maged N Kamel Boulos, Inocencio Maramba and Steve Wheeler has just been published on BMC Medical Education for debate and discussion.

The paper provides lots of backgrond and examples of the development of these technologies and considers the underpinning pedagogy while recognising some of the problems inherent in open and easily accessible technologies.

The paper concludes that: "If effectively deployed, wikis, blogs and podcasts could offer a way to enhance students', clinicians' and patients' learning experiences, and deepen levels of learners' engagement and collaboration within digital learning environments. Therefore, research should be conducted to determine the best ways to integrate these tools into existing e-Learning programmes for students, health professionals and patients, taking into account the different, but also overlapping, needs of these three audience classes and the opportunities of virtual collaboration between them. Of particular importance is research into novel integrative applications, to serve as the "glue" to bind the different forms of Web-based collaborationware synergistically in order to provide a coherent wholesome learning experience."

This is a useful contribution to the growing body of literature and debate around these topic areas.

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