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Identifying opportunities to integrate digital professionalism into curriculum: a comparison of social media use by health profession students at an Australian university in 2013 and 2016

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Mather, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028, Douglas, T ORCID: 0000-0001-7062-5186 and O'Brien, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6504-8422 2017 , 'Identifying opportunities to integrate digital professionalism into curriculum: a comparison of social media use by health profession students at an Australian university in 2013 and 2016' , Informatics, vol. 4, no. 2 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.3390/informatics4020010.

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Abstract

Social media has become ubiquitous to modern life. Consequently, embedding digitalprofessionalism into undergraduate health profession courses is now imperative and augmentinglearning and teaching with mobile technology and social media on and off campus is a currentcurriculum focus. The aim of this study was to explore whether patterns of social media use forpersonal or informal learning by undergraduate health profession students enrolled at an Australianuniversity across four campuses has changed over time. A previously validated online survey wasadministered in 2013 to a cohort of health profession students as part of an Australian survey. In 2016,the same survey was distributed to a later cohort of health profession students. Three open-endedquestions to elicit descriptive information regarding the use of social media for study purposeswere added to the later survey. A comparative analysis of both cohorts was undertaken and socialmedia acceptance and penetration was shown to increase. Health profession students are nowmore interactive users of Facebook and Twitter, and they have become more familiar with careerdevelopment sites, such as LinkedIn. The maturation of social media platforms within a three-yearperiod has created realistic opportunities to integrate social media for personal and study purposesinto the health profession education curriculum to ensure student understanding of the necessity formaintaining digital professionalism in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mather, C and Douglas, T and O'Brien, J
Keywords: connected learning; curriculum; digital professionalism; education; health profession; mobile technology; social media
Journal or Publication Title: Informatics
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 2227-9709
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/informatics4020010
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Copyright 2017 the authors. Licensed under Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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