How Facebook and Twitter are Changing Healthcare

Hello Friends:

Is Facebook and Twitter changing Healthcare? Check out this presentation by Dr. Clauson to find out:


Session notes: Leaving the ADDIE model behind

Should we leave ADDIE for SAM? What are your thoughts?

From what I have read on the internet and watched YouTube videos about SAM…it seems that this model is more realistic and what actually happens in practice when you need to deliver a product in a short period of time. I am curious to do some more investigation about this model.

Find out more information here:



I am interested in delivering more elearning content, and decided to sit in on Michael Allen’s presentation on Leaving the ADDIE model behind. I am always looking for a better process to help develop content. Being aware of ADDIE, I was interested in Allen’s new approach. Allen has written this approach in his new book,  Leaving ADDIE for SAM, which should come out in October.

The slides for Allen’s presentation can be found on the Web.

Allen asked, what is the criterion for picking the right process for you? Basically, we do what works for us. Most people probably use ADDIE in a modified form. Regardless of the process, we are typically concerned with a number of issues that relate to the products we create: Do the products you create meet your satisfaction within the constraints? Are the products delivered on time? Are the products delivered within the…

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Cammy Bean eLearning Expert Interview

Ms. Cammy Bean is a VP of Learning Design forKineo US. An eLearning veteran since the mid-’90s, Bean has worked on projects for a wide range of industries including financial services, retail and manufacturing. At Kineo she takes the lead on learning design, working closely with clients from concept to execution. A frequent conference speaker and active blogger, she also served as the ASTD TK12 Planning Committee Chairperson. You can find her blog at
During the interview with Ms. Bean she describes the process she used to design materials such as to conduct an analysis, develop an objective, create a storyboard usually in a word document, then create a first version of the educational materials in the platform without audio, then a second version with audio.
She recommends breaking up eLearning materials in small chunks of information and use repetition. Example a 20 minutes webinar with repetition and active learning can be a more effective learning experience than sitting on a lecture for 60 minutes.
What I took away from her interview is that social media have allowed people to learn from each other without barriers. Now you can learn from someone in another part of the world (e.g. China, Australia), who had a similar experience to yours, by using technology.
She talked about “responsive design”. Meaning your work has to adjust to the fast pace of technology. Now the eLearning materials need to be designed in a platform compatible not only with desktop computers, but also with mobile and iPad.
For more information checkout another interview with Ms. Cammy Bean by Jeannette Campos at:

David Kelley eLearning Expert Interview

Mr. Kelly is currently the Program Director of The eLearning Guild (, but he also brings to our class extensive experience in training and development aimed at performance support in the workplace. According to Mr. Kelly’s website, he believes “in leveraging technology to bring learning and development programs into the workflows of the job in ways that better address performance issues, and are less intrusive to work environments.”

During the interview, Mr. Kelley stated that he agrees that google glass can be used for educational purposes. I personally have heard of being used in medicine for educational purposes during surgeries to teach other medical students or residents.
I am not certain of the use of google glass in pharmacy. I believe you could use for patient interactions or potentially to record OSCE encounters to train students.

One of his top tool for collaboration is twitter. I’ve seen a trend as majority of the eLearning experts I have talked to loves twitter. He states that “twitter is where majority of the sharing takes place”.

He recommended to follow eLearning expert Cathy Moore:

To learn more about Mr. Kelly, please visit his website at
You can also follow Mr. Kelly’s blog ( or follow him on Twitter at @lnddave.

Abigail Wheeler eLearning Expert Interview

Ms. Abigail Wheeler manages sales training curriculum at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. She began her career at a small consulting company in New England, designing and developing training experiences for government and nonprofit employees focused on social service solutions. She advanced to leading teams and individual contributors in the development of eLearning, webinars, face-to-face instruction, and blended learning opportunities. In her current role, Wheeler manages curriculum serving a nationwide audience of field and inside sales consultants in the veterinary diagnostic industry.
During the interview Ms. Wheeler mentioned she uses powerpoint and broadcast through Adobe connect.
I thought it was really interesting what she mentioned about bite size training. In her work they adopted the 1-4 min bite sized learning training modules instead of 1 hour training modules. I think  this method makes it more feasible for learners to watch a 1-4 min video on a topic to refresh their skills rather than opt to skip it altogether because they don’t have time to sit through a longer module to learn about only one thing they needed to review.
Another tool she mentioned she uses for training is adobe after effects
Articulate storyline
All training videos are hosted at Vimeo
She works in a team with Technical writers and Multimedia developer to develop training.
For professional development in eLearning, Ms. Wheeler recommends us to follow:
Connie Malamed at
Elearning magazine
Jane Bozarth:
Cathy Moore at
For more info on Ms. Wheeler check out another interview conducted by Jeannette Campus at
Thank you Ms. Wheeler for taking the time to share your knowledge and skills with us.
Also, many thanks to Dr. McPherson for hosting this interview and for Jeannette for sharing her network.

Connecting learning and practice to transform patient care

Check out this very interesting blog post by Dr. Barbara Brandt!

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Blog

In January 2013, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation hosted a groundbreaking conference in Atlanta, Ga., to discuss how best to “connect great learning and great practice.” National leaders in health professions education and health care delivery examined how educational reform might occur in step with the rapidly transforming health care delivery system. This link between education and practice is what the national center calls the Nexus.

The foundation released the conference recommendations today. Like the concept of the Nexus, the recommendations are rooted in a commitment to the Triple Aim: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.

The participants developed five recommendations for achieving an effective linkage between education and practice:

  1. Engage patients, families, and communities in the design, implementation, improvement, and evaluation of efforts to link interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  2. Accelerate the design, implementation, and evaluation of…

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Dr. Jane Bozarth eLearning Expert Interview

This week I participated in an interview with Dr. Jane Bozarth. Here is what I took away from the interview:

According to Ms. Bozarth, it is often difficult for social media to become an integrated part of an office culture since many offices operate in a traditional environment. The solution?

Seek ambassadors within your organization to present your work; perhaps, others may think it is a great idea and you may get lucky! J


Ms. Bozarth, promotes “Show Your Work”. I really enjoyed reading her article “Nuts and Bolts: Narrating Our Work”. Check out here:


Another great article she wrote is about being a “Positive Deviant”. Check out here:


According to Ms. Bozarth we should not wait for everyone else to do everything…we should be the change!


Ms. Bozarth recommended various blogs or resources to follow including:

Cathy Davidson

Julie Dirksen

Jane Hart

Donald Clark

Richard Byrne

Follow on Twitter #Edchat, also check out their website:


Like many other eLearning experts I’ve talked to during this course, Ms. Bozarth, also admits that Facebook is one of her favorite social media tools that can be used for training or eLearning. Why? Because everyone is on Facebook! Users are already comfortable with this tool! It is possible to setup a Facebook closed group, you don’t have to be friends with the people in the Facebook pages to be able to be part of the group.

Another one of her favorite tools for collaboration and eLearning is “Twitter”. Other tools she recommends to use within a course includes:

  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus
  • Google Docs
  • Skype

Organization-Centric or Network-Centric? Part 3

In the article, Working Wikily, the author’s outline the characteristics of an Organization-Centric versus a Network-Center model.  They make these comments:




 knowledge is constrained

knowledge is expanded

knowledge, leadership, and expertise is increasingly accessible

effectiveness is equated with longevity

effectiveness is equated with mobility

 groups come and go in order to achieve common goals

As I mentioned on my previous post, I believe there is a mix of both organization-centric and network-centric model in the institution I work. I am currently part of an interprofessional research team and I can see the power of collaboration when each team member contributes aiming to achieve a common goal. Knowledge as result is definitely expanded.

Teams assemble with a purpose and once the goal they are aiming for is achieved they are free to disassemble; and each individual member can seek new goals. A powerful team occurs when each individual team member is familiar with each other roles and responsibilities, an outstanding leader is in place, communication is at its best, and collaboration keeps getting better.  I believe a little bit of time needs to be allowed for team members to get acquainted and comfortable with each other initially; but once everyone on the team is on the same page, it only get’s better.


Organization-Centric or Network-Centric? Part 2

In the article, Working Wikily, the author’s outline the characteristics of an Organization-Centric versus a Network-Center model.  They make these comments:




 coordination is difficult

 coordination is easy

barriers are low enough that people can do “big things for love!’ or find partners in narrow passions

closed and proprietary

open and transparent

 sharing is routine, resources are available, and effortd and ideas build off of one another

In the institution I work I see both organization-centric and network-centric model. Coordination can be difficult at times with scheduling meetings based on everyone’s availability, etc. The institution does have a wonderful IT department and staff who help with incorporating educational activities into the schedule.

A portal is available with resources to faculty and staff at the institution I work; however, it is limited to tools only posted by IT personnel. Sharing is done among small groups of faculty who I work with and from administration who sends emails, newsletters, etc. However, at times I personally want to share resources and tools among all faculty, and instead of formally emailing the whole department or all departments; it would be nice to have a forum or learning discussion board to informally post comments, questions, and share resources among faculty members. This site could be categorized by department and/or type of resources and also have a search box, where we could search for a specific question or resource on the topic. This resource faculty site would be a tremendous benefit for all faculty, and especially new faculty who initially may need more guidance during their first year in the institution.



Pinterest is a free social media pinboard photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage image collections. Users can categorize images on different boards and follow other users’ boards if they have similar interest. Pinterest users can upload, save, sort, and manage images know as pins and other media content. Some people use Pinterest to collect images, photos, or organize resources such as the tools we are learning in this course.

I personally think this is a fun tool for those who like to collect images for their own personal interest and to share with others. You can pin your favorite images and also find out what others are interested in. This tool allows you to organize your images, but you can also do that on your computer hard-drive or Googledrive. I think the difference is because with Pinterest you can obtain comments and “likes” from others on your images and you can also provide comments on other people’s images. I really like the fact that you can research through a great variety of images. However, being an instructor, I would NOT use any images from Pinterest due to copyright violations (users beware!!!),  since it would likely require checking each individual site where the images come from to see if they are authorized for use. I frequently look for images in the internet for educational purposes for my presentations, but sometimes end up buying images to include on my presentations due to copyrights violations.

Here is an article about this topic: Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Violations?

For professional use I think this tool can be used to show students a visual of required books, educational tools or resources directly from your Pinterest account.

I do have a Pinterest account for over a year now and have rarely used it. I may consider using it to keep track of the social tools we are learning in this course. I recently discovered their section on education and found nice images and resources in this category. I think navigating through this section may be good to obtain ideas, however unfortunately like I mentioned before, I would not use these images for professional use due to copyrights violations.

Check out my Pinterest account:

If you are interested on this tool  you can create a free account at