I have 30 minutes including time for questions, to introduce people to the concept of 'web 2.0' and how they can use it for professional development, life-long learning, communication and collaboration. I don't have a lot of time, so thought I'd talk about:
- the principles of web 2.0 ie sharing, collaboration, freedom, collective wisdom/intelligence, participation, networking and openness;
- how the tools can be used - advantages of social networking in terms of professional development, support, life-long learning, connections, development of communities of practice which all hopefully lead to greater job satisfaction and increase of recruitment and retention, especially for people who work in rural areas;
- challenges that need to be overcome in terms of computer and Internet access (infrastructure and policies), attitudes, skill levels, quality of information, confidentiality and privacy.
I thought I would conclude my presentation with five top tips for health professionals and five top tools to use. These are my thoughts based on the work of Sue Waters "Listen to the wisdom of your network", Clinical Cases and Images "5 Tips to Stay Up-to-Date with Medical Literature" and Maged Boulos "e-health and web 2.0/3-D Web: Looking to the future with sociable technologies and social software".
5 top tips for newbies
- Takes time to build up a network.
- Social networking isn't 'playing' but is legitimate 'work' and learning.
- Takes time to see the value of the tools and become competent at using them. Worth becoming reasonably competent them before you introduce them in the work setting.
- Start introducing social networking by using tools that people quickly can see a direct benefit eg wiki or Google documents for collaborative work such as policy development.
- Give it a go, keep an open mind, don't be frightened of it.
- Blog - start your own, read and comment on other people's blogs.
- Wiki -collaborative platform.
- Delicious - social bookmarking, sharing resources.
- RSS feeds using readers - keeping up to date.
- Skype - synchronous communication, free, web cam.