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Integrating twitter into medical education

Lookup NU author(s): Dr 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 theory generating research is required

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mysko C, Delgaty L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Year: 2015

Volume: 12

Pages: 24-52

Print publication date: 22/12/2015

Acceptance date: 16/12/2015

Publisher: Newcastle University