A conceptual model for analysing informal learning in online social networks for health professionals
AuthorXin, L; GRAY, KM; Chang, S; Elliott, K; Barnett, S
Source TitleStudies in health technology and informatics
University of Melbourne Author/sGray, Kathleen; Elliott, Kristine; Barnett, Stephen; Chang, Shanton; Li, Xin
AffiliationSurgery - Austin Health
Melbourne Medical School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsXin, L., GRAY, K. M., Chang, S., Elliott, K. & Barnett, S. (2014). A conceptual model for analysing informal learning in online social networks for health professionals. Studies in health technology and informatics, (1), 204, pp.80-85. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-427-5-80.
Access StatusOpen Access
Online social networking (OSN) provides a new way for health professionals to communicate, collaborate and share ideas with each other for informal learning on a massive scale. It has important implications for ongoing efforts to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the health professions. However, the challenge of analysing the data generated in OSNs makes it difficult to understand whether and how they are useful for CPD. This paper presents a conceptual model for using mixed methods to study data from OSNs to examine the efficacy of OSN in supporting informal learning of health professionals. It is expected that using this model with the dataset generated in OSNs for informal learning will produce new and important insights into how well this innovation in CPD is serving professionals and the healthcare system.
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