Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wikis as a publishing platform

Interesting editorial in the current issue of Open Medicine which examines Medical research and social media: Can wikis be used as a publishing platform in medicine?

The authors suggest that wikis are a potentially revolutionary tool for knowledge transfer to make it possible to keep reviews as current and relevant as possible." This is an interesting approach to post-publication peer review and the fact that editing rights will not be restricted to qualified clinicians and researchers has the potential to incorporate the views of patients and others with an interest in the topic areas. However it also brings it's own risk in information quality and requires the readers to ensure their own critiquing and evaluative skills are even more strongly applied to what they are reading.

The first paper to receive this treatment is A scoping review of analytic studies related to Asynchronous telehealth. It uses mediawiki software which will be familiar to users of wikipedia, and a quick look at the history shows that most (but not all) of the entries by anonymous users have been reverted.

It will be interesting to see how successful this approach is and to speculate about the potential changes from this publishing model will play out in the future.

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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 -

Sloodle -

Blood Typing Game -

SL-Labs -

Educators Coop -

Kar2ouche storyboards -

America’s Army -

Hazmat Hotzone -

Revolution -

TruSim -

Activeworlds -

Complex Wiki -


Second Health -

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

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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