Welcome to the Wikiversity School of Medicine!
Current Learning Projects
- Wikiversity medicine needs a unique identity, distinct from the role of Wikipedia and Wikibooks. What might that role be? What progress are we making? Share your ideas on the Talk page.
- Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine has been added
Learning medicine requires more than passive reading for understanding. Here is a growing list of resource types that can be useful in various contexts, as well as some especially good links to essential things you really should try (if you haven't already) either to find your own resources, or, hopefully to contribute here!
- Introductions / Explanations / Topic summaries / Blogs (non-technical language)
- Research studies / published reviews / theories / summaries / clinical scenarios and case reports (including simulation scenarios)
- Curriculum documents, lesson plans, articles
- Linear (normal) slideshow presentations, e.g. PowerPoint or the free Open Office Impress
- Comparison or summary tables
- WebQuests, which guide the student through sequences of resources, preferably including a variety of other resource formats
- Assessment outlines / marking guides / quizzes / checklists (need to know about Atul Gawande and the Checklist Manifesto)
- Pictures / Photos (search Wikimedia Commons and CC-BY-SA Images at Flickr, or use a graphic editor)
- Vector illustrations (try Inkscape - free software)
- Mindmaps (need to try Freeplane - free software)
- Animations (try Pencil for 2D, or Blender for 3D if you are ambitious!)
- Podcasts / Vodcasts / Screencasts / Videos (Youtube, Khan Academy, TED Talks, and short-format presentation styles like Pecha Kucha)
- Flashcards (try Anki - free software, with spaced repetition for optimised revision and retention of information, or Evernote used with the Revunote app for android). These may vary the order and timing of repetitions, but the feedback response (the second side of the flashcard) is the same.
- Non-linear Powerpoint presentations and medical information apps. The only interactivity is in the order or choice of available information topics presented.
- Games, Virtual patient apps and online flash/html interactive modules (try Prognosis- Your Diagnosis for Android). These can vary in quality. Low level interactions may have a series of trivial roadblocks ('click on the nose to continue') or disconnected stimulus-response feedback (see quizzes above). Variations include different visual ways of triggering the response, e.g. click or touch, drag/drop or mouse-over. Better examples may use more complex branching scenarios where each decision affects the next problem, and a range of responses is possible rather than just good or bad responses.
- Lectures / Tutorials / Clinical skills demonstrations / Labs
- Bedside teaching
- Ward rounds / Grand rounds
- Join in the conversation on Twitter (try following #meded or #foamed) and TweetDeck
- Create and contribute to blogs and their comments / polls / discussion forum (need to know about Life in the Fast Lane)
- Collaboration through Wikiversity, Wikieducator etc.
- Medical School Wikipedia Editathons
- Pecha Kucha competitions
- Simulation in teams (which benefits from high quality simulation scenarios and trained teachers to deliver them), including support with video games or ipad simulators. Importantly, the simulation scenario can be changed by the teacher to respond in realtime to individual student skill levels/deficits/areas of interest/teaching points, making it much more powerful. Some also include videos for 'just-in-time' learning.
- Serious games (e.g. Simulation with SonoWars and SimWars)
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