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The 'Dark Side' of Technology in Medical Education

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Laura Delgaty, Dr James Fisher



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by MedEdPublish, 2017.

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Innovation in medical education has almost become synonymous with technology and its use in the field is growing exponentially. The benefits of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) are manifold; however, in this article some of the more contentious, potentially hazardous and oft unexplored aspects of TEL are highlighted - we have termed these the ‘dark side’ of technology in medical education. To further advance the application of technology in medical education, we contend that academics and educators need to turn their attention to the ‘dark side’ to complement the traditional focus on breakthroughs and innovation. Shedding light on the ‘dark side’ of TEL will help educators to develop a more nuanced understanding of the risks and benefits of the technology, that will then facilitate more judicious use of TEL in their teaching. Thus, within this article we outline some key areas for consideration, highlight barriers to exploring these and consider how we might shine a light on the ‘dark side’ of technology in medical education.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Delgaty L, Fisher J, Thompson R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: MedEdPublish

Year: 2017

Volume: 6

Issue: 2

Online publication date: 02/05/2017

Acceptance date: 30/04/2017

Date deposited: 01/06/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2312-7996

Publisher: MedEdPublish


DOI: 10.15694/mep.2017.000081


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