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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Medical bloggers - a survey

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) has just published a interesting survey of medical bloggers by Ivor Kovic, Ileana Lulic & Gordana Brumini "Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers" - not sure I recognise everything described, but it does give some useful insights into a motley bunch.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Top 50 Health 2.0 Blogs

RNCentral has just published its list of its top 50 blogs related to Health 2.0.

Thankfully Informaticopia is on it along with 49 other good ones.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Free Webinar: Accessibility of Next Generation Web Applications: An Overview of Web 2.0

Thursday, June 19, 2 PM EASTERN (New York time)
Presenter: Jared Smith from WebAIM
Register at: http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

The term "Web 2.0" is being used to describe new methods of using the web, innovative technologies, and next generation web applications. AJAX, blogging, wikis, content aggregation, tagging, and mashups arejust a few components of "Web 2.0". Even if we have not reached a new version of the web, these new technologies and ways of using the web represent a significant change.

Despite the issues that Web 2.0 technologies may have on accessibility, the very nature of these applications can potentially result in much higher levels of accessibility for people with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of what Web 2.0 is, how it can impact users with disabilities for good and for bad, and some approaches and techniquesfor addressing accessibility.

Register for this free Webinar on Web 2.0
http://easi.cc/forms/web2008.htm

Carolyn Dudas
Web Developer/Information Specialist
Penn State Behrend
4205 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563-1201
Email: ddz@psu.edu, http://behrend.psu.edu/

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Friday, January 18, 2008

HEA HS&P - elearning SIG Meeting

Today I'm attending an meeting of the HEA HS&P elearning special interest group at the University of Wolverhampton.

Pam Moule opened proceedings introducing key speakers, and I followed with an piece on Internet history & movng on to blogs & wikis. I lost the audience when they all started to edit the Wikipedia enries for their institutions.

Linsey Duncan-Pitt went next descrbing some of her experiences with students using blogs, in PebblePad & issues of confidentiality but having them put on an nstitutional sevrer which couldn't be seen by others from around the world. Comments were made about links to other resources such as Flickr. Other issues were about students using resources which they don't want tutors to see & the level of control. The discussion moved into ePortfolios & portability and interoperability issues.

The role of MUVEs in education was led by Tim Johnson & raised issues about immersive education and assessing attitudes. Unfortunately not everyone could go into second life but 4 players in the room were able to meet in Education Island & looked at the NHS Polyclinic.




The links Tim pointed out included:

Newnexus - http://newnexus.org/

Sloodle - http://slurl.com/secondlife/virtuALBA/252/212/33

Blood Typing Game - http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/landsteiner/index.html

SL-Labs - http://sl-labs.com/psychskills/

Educators Coop - http://educatorscoop.org/blog/?cat=4

Kar2ouche storyboards - http://www.immersiveeducation.com/downloads/kar2ouche/

America’s Army - http://www.americasarmy.com/

Hazmat Hotzone - http://www.etc.cmu.edu/projects/hazmat_2005/screenshots.php?page=0

Revolution - http://www.educationarcade.org/revolution

TruSim - http://www.trusim.com

Activeworlds - http://www.activeworlds.com/

Complex Wiki - http://complexworld.pbwiki.com/Immersive+experience

ACHUB - http://audiocourses.pbwiki.com/

Second Health - http://slurl.com/secondlife/NHS%20London/248/11/26/?x=400&y=300&img=http%3A//secondhealth.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/sh_hospital_med.jpg&title=Second%20Health%20Hospital&msg=Click%20the%20above%20to%20teleport%20to%20the%20Second%20Health%20Hospital

Lunch involved some interesting discussions about the different innovations (and attached problems) which people were experiencing.


After lunch Chris Turnock from Northumbria University described an FDTL4 project "Making Practice Based Learning Work". He set out the background relating to the preparation of practice educators and learning from the project. Towards the end of the project the need beyond healthcare for similar materials led to another web site http://www.learningintheworkplace.org/

The final part of the day was a meeting about the purposes and working practices of the group. An agreement was made to use the Moodle site within the SIG site to enahnce contacts, with 2 week discussions on particular topics. Paul Bartholomew who has recently taken up a post as elearning adviser to the subject centre agreed to take on much of the work which was suggested.

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