The use of an internet discussion forum for situated learning among a group of geographically dispersed Specialty Registrars (Published 2013)
Apr 06, 2016
Public Health Specialty Registrars in North West England are geographically dispersed, and so an on-line discussion forum exists. This paper examines how the discussion forum is currently being used, and to what extent it is acting as a remote community of practice supporting situated learning.
Public Health Specialty Registrars in North West England are geographically dispersed, and so an on-line discussion forum exists with the aim to provide peer educational support remotely.
This paper examines how the discussion forum is currently being used, and to what extent it is acting as a remote community of practice supporting situated learning.
All the messages posted on the discussion forum in a three month period were examined to identify the year group of the registrar, and the subject of the message. The use of the discussion forum by the registrars, and the author’s experience of using the discussion forum were examined in relation to the situated learning model.
The most common uses of the discussion forum were; invites or reminders to educational events, and discussions relating to requests for peer support with problem-solving or information finding.
The discussion forum supports situated learning among a group of geographically disperse speciality registrars by enabling ready access to advice and support from peers, and allowing members to share questions and anxieties in a non-threatening, supportive environment. It is a good example of an online discussion forum acting effectively as a community of practice.
An interesting account of the positive benefits of an internet discussion forum to support geographically dispersed trainees. This style of learning support is also being used in the current ESME online courses. The benefits of collaborative learning cannot be over emphasised.
SPANISH SOCIETY FOR MEDICAL EDUCATON-SEDEM SEDEM
Very interesting article describing the utility of internet discussion forum as a learning tool for dispersed participants. It is a very used tool in our Postgraduate Medical Education programm where the students come from several countries in Latinoamerica and Iberian Peninsula