How and why are students using twitter for #meded? integrating twitter into undergraduate medical education to promote active learning

Christopher Mysko, Laura Delgaty

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Abstract

The deluge of online educational resources combined with ubiquitous use of social media has transformed the culture of medical students. Twitter is increasingly being used educationally and preliminary evidence demonstrates positive outcomes. However, limited research focuses on undergraduate medicine. This study aims to gain insight into medical students' views on using Twitter educationally to inform effective applications within undergraduate medical education. A broadly qualitative methodology was adopted. Data were collected using 6 semi-structured interviews and analysed via thematic analysis. Results demonstrate student-led use consolidates, supplements and transcends the formal curriculum. Networking and sociality are significant features. Flow of personalised information and a fluent interface underpins use. Technological and social aspects influence engagement. In conclusion, medical schools could integrate Twitter to improve academic support, promote active learning and strengthen relationships with students to enhance learning outcomes; addressing needs and expectations of ‘next generation’ learners. Further evaluative and theorygenerating research is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-52
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual Review of Education, Communication & Language Sciences
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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