The gauntlet has been thrown. MobiMOOC 2012 starts this weekend.
Two essays have me thinking – “what does MobiMOOC 2012 offer me?”; “why have I signed up for this activity?”
Why am I signed up for MobiMOOC 2012?
The simple answer is the 2011-2012 annual appraisal concluded with my Appraiser advising I should be more active sharing what I do and know about eLearning technology and resources with my colleagues.
This sounded easy, but how do you go about demonstrating competence in an area which remains poorly defined, at least in medical education. Yes, I use android tablet and phone. Yes, I use the cloud to share resources with my students and colleagues. However, this seems trivial when reading all about the activities of many of the facilitators and students in this year’s MobiMOOC 2012.
MobiMOOC 2012 notice turned up on Google Plus I thought this is what I think I need to gain sufficient skills, knowledge and understanding to encourage my colleagues and students to explore the education technologies available to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their continuing professional development.
What does MobiMOOC 2012 offer me?
Well the simple answer for what is offered is contained in the introduction from Inge
There is a wealth of information and applications and contacts. But this is worth nothing if I do not implement some of the learning points and engage with my colleagues and students to attempt to persuade more to invest some time and effort into using education technology.
So this gets me to the heart of the matter. How do you overcome the reluctance of peers to embrace new technology to improve patient care? Actually, is there evidence that eLearning does improve patient outcomes? How much additional effort is needed to learn the new tools? What sort of investment? What is the best device? Why are some patient settings so difficult to work with to improve point of care education and decision tools?
There are probably many more questions. And I hope that the discussions over the coming weeks and beyond will help me overcome the pain points which obstruct progress in the uptake of elearning tools in healthcare.