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Web 2.0 Tools in Biomedical Education: Limitations and Possibilities

Web 2.0 Tools in Biomedical Education: Limitations and Possibilities
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Author(s): Ângelo Jesus (Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Portugal & Universidade do Minho, Portugal) and Maria João Gomes (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 24
Source title: Learning Management Systems and Instructional Design: Best Practices in Online Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yefim Kats (Chestnut Hill College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3930-0.ch011

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Abstract

The use of Web 2.0 technology is rapidly being integrated into undergraduate and graduate education, which dramatically influences the ways learners approach and use information. Knowledge transfer has become a two-way process. Users no longer simply consume and download information from the web; they create and interact with it. Several theoretical frameworks were developed in order to discuss the possibilities of integration of Web 2.0 tools in Pharmacy, Medicine, Allied Health, Nursing and many other biomedical areas. Other studies have started gathering qualitative and quantitative evidence of the importance of Web 2.0 tools in the learning process. By performing the integrative review, this paper will provide an overview of current research in biomedical education, and elaborate on some of the potential opportunities and challenges that these applications present. We hope to give our contribution to ongoing research in this promising area.

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