How important are Web 2.0 tools, particularly social media tools, in veterinary education today?
This article from Jane Hart predicts that this year will be ‘The Year of Social Business’. She sees organisations changing from using ‘social’ media to attract customers to using it for improved work performances and business outcomes. The main driver of the change is that the Web is moving towards being more focused on people and less on content. For me, this mirrors the change in my thinking about designing learning – the learners are now the focus rather than the content – hence the article struck a chord with me.
Having been out of veterinary education for almost a decade I don’t have a feel for how much students and staff in veterinary schools use Web 2.0 tools for their professional learning and collaboration. I suspect these tools would be used more by the students but have no evidence. I’d be very interested to know if any research has been done or even if anyone has any anecdotal comments.
Having learnt a huge amount through LinkedIn, Twitter, NOVICE, Wikivet, instructional design and education blog posts and MOOCs, to name but a few sources, I have experienced first hand the power of using these tools for professional development. I’m sure their influence has tremendous growth ahead in veterinary education.