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The use of social bookmarking by health care students to create communities of practice

The use of social bookmarking by health care students to create communities of practice

de Quincey, Ed, Hocking, Avril, O'Gorman, Josephine, Walker, Simon and Bacon, Liz (2012) The use of social bookmarking by health care students to create communities of practice. In: Kostkova, Patty, Szomszor, Martin and Fowler, David, (eds.) Electronic Healthcare: 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, Málaga, Spain, November 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (91). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 146-153. ISBN 9783642292613 ISSN 1867-8211 (Print), 1867-822X (Online) (doi:

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Teaching and learning health and social care in a digital age produces many challenges for students and their teachers. A common hurdle for healthcare students and practitioners is the sheer amount of information that they have to make sense of. Another challenge is where this information is captured and stored, with people utilising personal, as well as institutionally owned devices. A potential solution to these problems is the use of social bookmarking applications such as “delicious”, where users can create a centralised repository of online resources, share them with other users, and view what others are bookmarking. This paper describes research conducted at the University of Greenwich involving 160 participants across three Schools and 5 modules, including Health and Social Care who were encouraged to integrate social bookmarking into their learning and teaching. Participants were instructed to tag their resources with an appropriate module code tag e.g. NURS1297 so that a repository of module specific bookmarks was created. Over a 4 month period, 160 users created 1430 bookmarks with 5032 tags. Further analysis of the bookmarking behaviour is discussed along with reflections on the suitability of social bookmarking to create digitally literate health care communities of practice.

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Additional Information: [1] This paper was first presented at the Electronic Healthcare 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, held from 21-23 November 2011 in Málaga, Spain. It was presented on 22 November in Session 9, "Online Communities of Practice". [2] ISBN: 978-3-642-29261-3; 978-3-642-29262-0 (Online). [3] ISSN: 1867-8211 (Print); 1867-822X (Online).
Uncontrolled Keywords: social bookmarking, tagging, eLearning, digital literacy Web 2.0, communities of practice, connectivism, heutagogy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Greenwich Research into Innovative Pedagogies (GRIP)
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