Author: Brian S McGowan, PhD

RESOURCE: Platform helps patients understand doctors’ explanations | Springwise

“According to statistics from Jiff, the company behind the application, some 80 percent of the information health professionals give to patients is forgotten once the appointment is over, and people also remember 50 percent of their doctor’s medical talk incorrectly. The app is a presentation tool which enables doctors to make clear the important data they dispense to their patients. During the explanation, medical staff can mark and draw onto images to underline the points they are making. Those annotations, along with the audio of the conversation are recorded and made available to the patient as a digital file to watch back later on. All the videos are HIPAA-compliant, meaning that sensitive patient data is kept secure.”

via Platform helps patients understand doctors’ explanations | Springwise.

RESOURCE: Adjacent Possible Medicine: Social Media for Medical Students

“In this document, Social Media for Medical Students, I have attempted to do both. In particular, I have outlined a basic strategy for using social media to become a better doctor and to plan a career. I have also organized the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities students have to patients, institutions, and self.”

via Adjacent Possible Medicine: Social Media for Medical Students.

RESOURCE: Grockit Wants to Build a Pinterest for Learning

“Their new product, Learnist, works a bit like a Pinterest for learning. Soon anyone (the capability is still invite-only at launch) will be able to compile content pieces onto a board or “learning.” A nifty bookmarklet makes it easy to collect content from other sites.”

via Grockit Wants to Build a Pinterest for Learning.

RESOURCE: The Importance of Search – Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

“As forward-thinking enterprises look for answers, they’re finding a significant gap between where they are today and where they need to be with regards to their learning infrastructure. Continued growth in the LMS market — more than 10 percent globally according to Bersin & Associates’ report “Learning Systems 2011” — indicates the desire to acquire more effective learning technologies.”

via The Importance of Search – Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity.

RESOURCE: The Myths of Online Learning – Forbes

“More than one-third – six million – of all students in higher education took at least one online course in the fall of 2011. Yet despite its growing popularity, online learning continues to be seen in a negative light by politicians, regulators, and some members of the academic community, especially faculty.

There are six commonly heard myths that are often used to denigrate this form of instruction.”

via The Myths of Online Learning – Forbes.

RESOURCE: Top ten predictions for online learning in 2013 | SmartPlanet

“According to Bates, online learning will experience a shift and move into mainstream programs as the growth of hybrid learning — to accommodate new technologies — takes root in the education industry. Due to this, it is possible that academic institutions will give distance-based online learning methods more of a priority within their long-term strategies.”

via Top ten predictions for online learning in 2013 | SmartPlanet.

RESOURCE: Coursera’s fee-based course option | Inside Higher Ed

“Coursera will offer a fee-based pathway with identity verification for students who want to earn a more meaningful certificate of completion, the company said today in an announcement that also sheds light on an emerging business model for the largest massive open online course (MOOC) provider.”

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/09/courseras-fee-based-course-option