Wow what a week

The MOOC work is ticking along, so many ideas, thoughts and random craziness, have to admit struggling a little to keep on top of it, however think I am now navigating link after link.

In the group was a great post by Tita about experiences with interacting in a MOOC and my own little rant is at the bottom, take a look

 

Our ‘task’ for the week was to look at our own mlearning projects, so:

1.Define your objectives:

I want a mobile project to look at how we can improve mdical profession use, and specifically GP use of mobile learning methods to engage with CPD.

I want to be able to have created a simple method for medics to interact with mobile CPD in realtime, either via links to existing services or creation of new ones if others not fit for purpose.

I would have met my goals if we see an increase in real-time mlearning occurring, with improved links via revalidation and appraisal outcomes.

Evaluation by inplace surveys and focus group resources.

 

2. define your audience

Primarily aimed at post graduate medical professionals with a particular focus on GPs.

User support in terms of accessing information and if creation of a new product, appropriate support in place.

 

3. define your budget

At present in the planning stages, likely funds mainly my time (research project), conferencing abilities (Skype most likely) and assistance from colleagues in terms of students and peers. Plans for applications for funding in progress.

 

4. Identify your Instructional strategies.

At present the group is traditionally digital natives, so interaction is limited, however some resources available in terms of networking, and group dynamics.

It is aimed at supporting current informal learning assessts as based on self directed learning spurred by appraisal requirements. The plan is to use existing commercial and institutional content, but allow development of individual content for use by communities or practice via small to medium enterprise (SME) ie GP practice.

The content is held and maintained by the institutions and distributed via links or signposting to further peer reviewed resources.

 

5.  Identify your stakeholders

Main stakeholders are GPs in preparation for appraisal. To be successful will need appropriate guidance on using mlearning, resources both hardware, and software, as well as methods for integrating into informal learning methods.

 

6. Identify the technology.

Provision of service being looked into by a European call, types of technology looking at smartphone/tablet/netbook use, as well as a web portal for in clinic use, however restricted by web service as most computer systems limited to IE6. Content needs to be easily linked into an appraisal format either by exporting or printed means, secure for encryption, and of a simple interface as increased content or ‘business’ likely to disengage stakeholders.

7. determine Intellectual Property

Owned by partnership of technology groups looking at providing service.

 

  • Caroline

    I’ll try to follow your progress. BTW what is a CPD?

  • What a great idea! An easy thing to do would be to build small mobile (and computer) accessible content, which are followed by a monthly check quiz. This offers the possibility of giving the people that follow the continued medical education a certificate. Although this might be informal learning, at IBM they also use the approach to give certificates (I belief they call it blue ribbons?) to those people that build a small informal learning bit themselves. That way both the learner and the one who builds something is rewarded.
    HTML5 is getting to become more spread and there are some nice tools that only ask you to develop the content one time and then deliver it for multiple devices (which would be nice in your case). One of those possible softwares is Raptivity ( What a great idea! An easy thing to do would be to build small mobile (and computer) accessible content, which are followed by a monthly check quiz. This offers the possibility of giving the people that follow the continued medical education a certificate. Although this might be informal learning, at IBM they also use the approach to give certificates (I belief they call it blue ribbons?) to those people that build a small informal learning bit themselves. That way both the learner and the one who builds something is rewarded.
    HTML5 is getting to become more spread and there are some nice tools that only ask you to develop the content one time and then deliver it for multiple devices (which would be nice in your case). One of those softwares is Raptivity:
    http://www.raptivity.com/
    You could of course also go for a delivery via iTunes or a podcast portal. In the latter case you can simply build a blog, and then distribute the RSS of the feeds to the GP’s of your target audience. Most mobiles have a nice RSSreader, which will make it easy for them to follow what you build.
    (sorry for the lengthy reply, I hope I could add something to your project)

  • Sounds like a great idea. In Sweden we have a lot of projects regarding medical issues, and right now there is one looking into older patients learning how to give their blood pressure results over the mobile phone using an application, which is then sent to a nurse or doctor, and they will get a message back weither to go to hospital or not.
    There is also one project work on creating instructions for nurses in the operating room who are in charge of different machines so that they can easily get an answer instead of having to use an instruction in books or on paper.

    Regards
    Emma