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A virtual learning community supporting the general practice education and training in Australia


Fan, S and Radford, J and Brown, J, A virtual learning community supporting the general practice education and training in Australia, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 1-3 July 2013, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 626-633. ISBN 978-84-616-3822-2 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The range and ubiquity of freely available web-based tools has resulted in possibilities for Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate teaching activities in ways which were previously unimaginable (Boulos & Wheeler, 2007). Web 2.0 technologies provide the capacity for a community of learners to support each other via web-based trusted networks, resource sharing and collaborative building of learning resources. This project has undertaken an extensive investigation of the applicability of Web 2.0 tools for the General Practice (GP) learning community. This research involved over 150 participants from 15 Australian education institutions, including medical students, GP registrars, medical educators/teachers, GP supervisors, junior doctors and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were used to collect the data. The results obtained indicate the potential for a user-friendly and multifunctional digital habitat in facilitating the communication and resource sharing among different learner groups and in supporting the vertical integration of GP learners. Based on these results, a pilot model of a digital habitat, containing a range of Web 2.0 tools, has also been developed and assessed. This paper provides recommendations for a framework for future development of a digital habitat to support communities of GP learners utilising Web 2.0 technologies.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:web-based technologies, digital habitat, community of learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Radford, J (Associate Professor Jan Radford)
ID Code:85929
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-08-15
Last Modified:2018-03-28
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