February 20, 2012 11 Comments
The process of developing the MOOC for HCP continues apace, but there are still issues we need to hammer out in order to see the maximum possible engagement in the event, and the greatest possible learning opportunities presented to the greatest possible number (at least, that’s where I’m coming from).
There are currently 240 000 Allied health professionals in the UK alone, and over 350 000 nurses and midwives. But the focus of the MedEdMOOC, from the naming of it onwards seems to reflect almost exclusively the narrow group that is concerned with the education of Medics. I am glad that Dean Jenkins picked up on this idea in his recent blog, and that it is reopened for discussion.
But, how did this happen? Is it that medics are ahead of other HCP groups in their use of online technology? Is it that medical educators are a particularly technologically gifted group? Is it that other HCPs dont yet have an understanding of the potential of online technology? Is it that somehow we are excluding other HCP from the development process? I’m not sure of the answers to these questions, but I think it is useful for me to frame them such that I may reflect on them throughout the process and beyond. If you have any views about this, I would love to hear them in the comments.
The topics we are planning to cover over a six week spread are based around these working titles:
Week 1. Theory- Connectivism vs constructionism
Week 2. Learning- where are we now on the social web?
Week 3. Doing- Improving healthcare delivery in a networked world
Week 4. Collaborative Models (including CPD in social spaces)
Week 5. Barriers- what are they and how can we overcome them?
Week 6. Content to be decided by participants.
Now, looking at these titles for the weeks’ content, there is nothing that is exclusive to medics- in fact, all these topics can be used by any healthcare professionals. As a MOOC is likely to contain more content than any one person wishes to engage with, it may be that there are profession specific items that appeal more to one profession than another. But it is interesting to me that event though I have been involved in the planning of the event, I am holding prejudices about the process; doubts about whether my professional skills are of value to the process; wondering why more Allied Health Professionals are not on board with the development of the MOOC.
For what it’s worth here are my thoughts.
The name MedEdMOOC is an exclusive title, implying that content to be developed must be relevant to medical practice and be concerned with the education of medical practitioners. In my view, we could re-visit this naming decision to reflect a more inclusive title.
The development team is composed largely of medics. This means every decision is taken through that filter. Decisions are unconsciously made using the frame of reference from within medicine and medical education.
I’m excited about taking advantage of the principles of the MOOC to explore connectivity, horizontal flows of information, networked learning and professional developments that include exposure to the broad range of models used in healthcare delivery. But, to do that successfully, we either need a broader range of HCP involved in the planning, or very committed participants from different disciplines, who will then generate further content.
I also believe that the event will benefit from some real life experiences that participants can choose to be a part of. Myself and two colleagues are delivering a “Social Media Surgery” at our professional conference in Glasgow during the MOOC. This will provide us with the opportunity to explore either LiveStreaming an element of the workshop, or at least utilising Skype chat facility or similar to ensure people outside the room can be included. We may also choose to deliver an additional session for the participants online (venue and organisers’ indulgence permitting!)
I am planning an event in Leeds towards the end of June. I aim to get together the community of practice surrounding the #nhssm Tweetchat and some health and social care stakeholders. I hope that this event will similarly be able to be integrated into the MOOC, perhaps as an opportunity to ask questions, perhaps to hack some solutions to challenges we have identified in the uptake of some of these technologies.
Please do engage in the debate surrounding these ideas- we know this is the first health related MOOC planned, and its success is entirely dependent on how well we can identify and meet your learning needs!