Veterinary education and Web 2.0

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.


About rebekahmcbrown

I am a veterinarian with a special interest in instructional design and developing eLearning in the veterinary and medical areas. I write teaching materials for both face-to-face and online learning as well as writing and editing articles.
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2 Responses to Veterinary education and Web 2.0

  1. Liz Mossop says:

    What I find interesting is how few of our students use Twitter. I would love to use it as a tool for teaching – I’ve seen some great examples – but my students are not up to speed! The most remarkable thing for me personally regarding web 2.0 is collaboration – it has opened doors which I never even knew existed before!
    I think the other issue is about using web 2.0 just for the sake of it. In my mind there is no point in using new teaching delivery methods unless they enhance delivery – admittedly a change may be enough to do this. But I have seen several examples of them being used badly, and confusing learners….sometimes we assume they are more digitally native than they actually are, maybe?

    • Thanks very much for taking the time to comment Liz. I agree with you entirely. I noted in Graham Atwell’s comments here that we often overestimate the skills of learners.

      Web 2.0 has been of such a huge benefit to me that I just want to be able to share its possibilities.

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