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Med Teach. 2013;35(1):8-14. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.746448. Epub 2012 Dec 21.

Twelve tips for using Twitter as a learning tool in medical education.

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Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Canada. sarah.forgie@albertahealthservices.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Twitter is an online social networking service, accessible from any Internet-capable device. While other social networking sites are online confessionals or portfolios of personal current events, Twitter is designed and used as a vehicle to converse and share ideas. For this reason, we believe that Twitter may be the most likely candidate for integrating social networking with medical education.

AIMS:

Using current research in medical education, motivation and the use of social media in higher education, we aim to show the ways Twitter may be used as a learning tool in medical education.

METHOD:

A literature search of several databases, online sources and blogs was carried out examining the use of Twitter in higher education.

RESULTS:

We created 12 tips for using Twitter as a learning tool and organized them into: the mechanics of using Twitter, suggestions and evidence for incorporating Twitter into many medical education contexts, and promoting research into the use of Twitter in medical education.

CONCLUSION:

Twitter is a relatively new social medium, and its use in higher education is in its infancy. With further research and thoughtful application of media literacy, Twitter is likely to become a useful adjunct for more personalized teaching and learning in medical education.

PMID:
23259608
DOI:
10.3109/0142159X.2012.746448
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