This is an open document available at http://biit.ly/MedEdMOOC for describing the proposed Massive Open Online Course in Emerging Technologies in Medical Education for sometime in 2012 currently codenamed MedEdMOOC though voting is still open for the naming
I want to re-open the naming debate. I’m not sure that the medics involved in this project understand the depth of feeling within the other health professions who feel excluded by this name and this process. I would like to ask if we could really think about a way to tag our adventures with a more inclusive tag overall- there is nothing to stop the use of the MedEdMOOC tag for the subject matter specific to Medical Education, in addition to a general tag, but what I see in the syllabus is not specific to medicine or medical education. It is broader than concerns that we have aired about the differences between education and practice of medicine. Because of the title, the message I am hearing from people in Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Speech and Language Therapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and everybody in Social Care is that they feel that this course is not for them- and we haven’t considered the impact on patients, either. I would love patients to feel empowered to get information through this MOOC, too. I’m continuing to promote this project to these groups, but it would be a much easier sell if it was a more inclusive name. I also think it would be worthwhile to add a “12” to the tag so that we could re-visit the name in future years with the new year tag- perhaps this is unnecessary?
I think we would be missing so much in this process by excluding these groups[b]. This was intended to be an inter-professional health and social care MOOC, lets think of some tags[c] that we could use to better reflect that, please? (CJ)
The aim is to keep this document as a brief overview of the project. Document guidelines.
#MedEdMOOC needs you to:
Most recent meeting
On G+ and Twitter using the hashtag #MedEdMOOC
Agenda (and minutes)
On Thursday October 27th 2011 after Dr Ryan Madanick (@RyanMadanickMD) had presented his Social Media in Medical Education talk live over ustream Dr AnneMarie Cunningham (@amcunningham) said, “yes ! want to stream a session now!”. Then a MededMOOC12 was discussed …
Meeting 7th November 2011 on Twitter (transcript)
Meeting 28th November 2011 on Twitter and Google+ Hangout (transcript)
Meeting 29th November 2011 on Twitter and Google+ Hangout (transcript)
Meeting 11th December 2011 on Twitter and Google+ Hangout (transcript)
Key themes from last November meetings:
Add one … be creative … this will become a brief mission / vision statement. OR combine the themes in the ones below into a common one.
#MedEdMOOC is a learning opportunity over 6 weeks planned for May 2012 for healthcare practitioners, educators and students to explore applications of technology within their practice. It is inter-disciplinary, and you can choose your level of engagement.
#MedEdMOOC is an online event and course over 6 weeks planned to start in April 2012 for healthcare practitioners, educators and students to explore applications of emerging technologies within their practice. You decide what you[h]
do, how you participate and whether you have been successful - just like real life.[i]
#MedEdMOOC is a Massive Open Online Course for all those involved in health to explore how emerging information and communication technologies affect the delivery and use of healthcare. Its mission is to better define our current understanding and encourage the rational and effective use of technologies to improve the quality of patient care.
#MedEdMOOC is a Massive Open Online Course for all those involved in health. Emerging information and communication technologies are transforming health and society. New technologies are driving both new possibilities and raising and altering expectations from public and our colleagues. As information moves faster and in new ways, the pace of change in health has been supercharged. This free online course aims to bring together hundreds of people from around the world from across all of health, to make sense of these trends and possibilities. The MOOC format will give you new ideas, tools and help you build ongoing personal learning networks. It will help you learn how to learn in this emergent future and to adapt and thrive in a Health 2.0 future.
#MedEdMOOC is what it will become through interaction and engagement[j] with healthcare practitioners across disciplines in the health sector between October 27 and December 27 2011. It is a massive open online course inspired by a dynamically changing communication environment of: social media, telehealth, and online learning, and new generation teachers, learners, and researchers. We are creating a community learning experience that will engage with all levels of expertise and all people - patients, providers, educators, practitioners, policy-makers, and industry members. Participants will teach and learn the full range of current and new emerging technologies, using a range of electronic media, and real-life examples of how this has been used to change real world practice. Completing the #MedEdMooc in six weeks will equip participants with the confidence, competence, theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of technologies in healthcare in May 2012 to carry them through the next six weeks.
Get a broader view of possible objectives from the healthcare community from the networks we are all involved in.
(please self-select or un-select yourself here if you feel you have the time and resources OR add yourself to the ‘advisory board’ below).
With thanks to contributions from
@salt_mine (Liz - SLT)
@MedEdHelen (helen m)
If this sounds interesting and you might join in when it finally gets going then add your name, URL, etc.
@ronantkavanagh (happy to contribute in any way you want me to but unsure where my skill set fits in)
@futuredocs - still learning about this. would be good to have some trainees involved
We’ll all pitch in everywhere of course but put yourself in the role if you want to be identified with some responsibility for getting the task done! If it isn’t done we’ll know who to blame - in the nicest way of course.
Syllabus. The course will run over 6 or more weeks and cover a certain number of topics. It would be good to define what these might be (and the methods used to define them), what guest experts we’d like to invite and plan the weekly activities. See also section below.
Until we agree what we are trying to do, it is hard to do an outline of syllabus meaningfully.
Are we agreed now- the proposed syllabus
pre-course what is it about?
6. Free for all
I think we all should have input into this at an outline level and depending on what is agreed, team members should work with guest presenters to develop the detail of each weekly module. (Malcolm)
Marketing and promoting the course to potential participants. See also the Draft marketing plan
Developing marketing plan and strategies
Implement agreed marketing plan
Matt, Malcolm, Helen
All participants are marketing it by participating if they leave a trail.
Accreditation for University credits, CME, CPD, PDP etc. See also the Accreditation document
Dean,,[q] Jeff, Matt G,
Technical / admin - digital stewardship, documentation, planning meetings, (trying to) facilitate consensus ...
Orientation strategies to being in a mooc.
Frequently asked questions.
What participants can expect.
Welcoming and answering questions, making FAQs based on questions.
Gandhi (can help)
Webinar session facilitators, including backup people in case of gremlins.
It seems like everyone in the organising group should do at least a session in this role, and not just have a few people highlighted (Jeff) Agreed (Matt G), Agreed, would help share out the work. (Dean) Agree (Helen)[s]
Wiki and or blog editor
Technical support to team and presenters
Team meeting facilitation
Team meeting minutes[x]
Research agenda. MOOC archivist - qualitative and quantitative data collection to support research. Any publications would conform to COPE publication ethics.
Internal evaluation: In addition to the research evaluation above. How well did we run this Mooc? What could we do better. What problems need attention?
Stephen Downes has just updated a presentation of his on “The Role of Educator in a Networked World” which has deep incites into the role we need to cover in mooc.
Check out this presentation (2 hours long) with slides by Downes about Facilitating a MOOC (CJ)
Please note, as per recommendation by Downes I have set up a Google Calendar- it will be the responsibility of the organisers and the speakers to ensure that any events will be loaded on the Calendar, that will then become publicly available nearer the time of the MOOC. It then can be embedded in blogs, etc as we wish, and details of live events can be saved by participants into their own calendars to help them remember when sessions are running. (CJ)
I’m organising an IRL event to run in week 6 of the MOOC in Leeds, UK, which will be a 2 day event from 29th -30th June 2012. Day 1 is the Conference with keynote speeches looking at “MapsandApps”, Connecting for Health and workshops by at Patient Opinion, #nhssm, educators using SL and other online tech in healthcare. This will be followed by Day 2, a “hackday” where we try to develop solutions to barriers and issues that have come up through the MOOC and through the #nhssm chats. I’m aiming to Live-Stream as much of this content as possible, and archive it for further use by participants of the MOOC at a later stage. Any recommendations on doing this are most welcome. I’m hoping any of you able to will attend in real life, and those unable to will be able to get involved online.(CJ)
Please feel free to contribute …
I’ve started to classify some of these and putting them into the organisers’ document so that we can pick a definitive list. (Dean)
Engagement in a MOOC for CPD by healthcare professions. (@ClaireOT) [MOOC as CPD]
How do we cope with social media dissolving the boundaries between personal and professional identities? How does technology and social media specifically change our relationships with learners? [Boundaries] Social Model vs Medical Model- and how Social Media can bridge this gap[ah]
What are pressing health challenges in your work where you live? How will increased use of technology help/hinder meeting these challenges? [Where are we now?]
The scope for inter-professional learning opportunities. - Flexible approach. [Boundaries]
@RyanMadanickMD focused on aligning SoMe to the competencies ... this is a unique approach. In the past I have tried to align SoMe to specific problems or educational shortcomings - engagement, retention, community. @BrianSMcGowan [Quality]
Malcolm: Theory and concepts Connectivism and mobile learning, Community of practice, Change role of teacher in new paradigm, characterstics of the successful learner in the digital age and how to cultivate them, case studies from around worlds including developing world. How to build a PLN? - [tech & theory]
Jeff: Role of emerging technology in formal medical school curriculum - what is the current level of adoption at medical schools, and how can schools which are behind the curve make practical steps forward. Would include how to manage current faculty resistance to using new technologies as curriculae evolve. [Where are we now?]
Does a MOOC need a Needs Assessment? [tech & theory]
Malcom. I could do a topic on: Getting Your Head Around The Complexity of Health problems using Web2.0 tools for ongoing collaborative learning. [tech & theories OR where are we now]
Dean: criticisms of ‘learning’ or healthcare quality improvement through remote networks / Connectivism / social media. There may be a fundamental misunderstanding of how we manage decisions in an uncertain clinical world - the concept of ‘bounded rationality’. What technologies may work for some may not work for others or in different domains or environments. We therefore need proof that what we do is effective and not assume that an intervention will be effective simply because it is supported by theory or worked in another situation. [side topic in tech & theories]
… other ideas ...
I’m not sure syllabus fits well with a mooc. We are curating a collection of learning stimuli and facilitating learning conversations/spaces. Hopefully these will have some overall sense of coherence will expose the learner to range of key trends, concepts, ideas, practice models, key questions, difficulties to ponder and to try and connect with their practice and their existing learning.
As I see it, the main game for health education is around continuing professional learning and emergent research and problem solving. There is a big role for MOOCS in pre-service education for building learners skills at this type of learning and building their PLNs to support their entry into practice and subsequent growth. The pre-service learning also might be valuable to the students but U see the main game is in continuing professional education.
Learning is interactive, so may be able to predict some learning needs but depends on the participant groups. Ask them what they want! let the participants lead the learning. I do face to face[ai] teaching in my job sometimes, can’t this be a bit different? Student experience is better when they know what to expect, so some background materials and a ‘road map’ of some kind would be helpful.
Competency/outcomes based education - why have we moved to this model? where does technology fit in? eg portfolios
Invited expert. Ask Dr Phil Hammond to do a session on what medical education should deliver. (via AMC and @RyanMadanickMD) (@bronwynah) health communication
April or May 2012 seems to be the popular choice.[aj]
Marketing is not just the promotion of the course, it also impacts on the design of the product were are developing in this mooc. Because a MOOC is social media event, marketing is not a side issue.\
BSM - we need this to be really simple to understand...lest it become an echochamber...i think we need to recruit those not already participating in new media learning channels, and for them this needs to be really really simple to understand...
Tools and artifacts we’ve found useful.
The link-o-matic for quick copy-and-paste of common text
http://www.searchhash.com/ for curating Twitter chats
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. The following are useful resources explaining more about what a MOOC is and the 'Connectivism' theory behind them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc YouTube video by Dave Cormier explaining what a MOOC is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8avYQ5ZqM0 YouTube video by Dave Cormier explaining how to succeed as a 'student' in a MOOC.
http://mooc.ca/ A list of MOOCs in the educational technology field.
George Siemens. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning 2005 Jan;2(1)[cited 2009 Dec 1 ] Available from: http://www.itdl.org/journal/jan_05/article01.htm An article by George Siemens introducing the proposed learning theory called 'Connectivism'.
Claireot. Excuse me, I think I just did a MOOC. Claireot's blog. July 24 2011. A blog by @ClaireOT talking about the potential benefits of a MOOC in occupational therapy.
The technologies used by a MOOC are widely available and free. They include blogs (Blogger, Wordpress), RSS readers, Twitter, Google Docs, Wikis, social bookmarking software. The course usually has a 'home' which is typically Moodle. This is where the syllabus and the weekly tasks are published, and it is also where conversations may start.
MOOCs have been criticised as being something that is not widely applicable. They assume a level of digital literacy that some learners lack – perhaps especially those with the greatest need to learn.
Sarah: Here’s a great wiki about how to organise a MOOC: http://moocguide.wikispaces.com/0.+Home+Intro+to+MOOC