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Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2012 Oct;17(4):597-600. doi: 10.1007/s10459-011-9300-9. Epub 2011 May 5.

Podcasting in medical education: can we turn this toy into an effective learning tool?

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Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada.


Advances in information technology have changed how we deliver medical education, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Technologies that were designed for purposes other than education, such as podcasting, are now frequently used in medical education. In this article, the authors discuss the pros and cons of adapting existing technologies for medical education, caution against limiting evaluation of technologies to the level of rater satisfaction, and suggest a research agenda for formally evaluating the role of existing and future technologies in medical education.

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