Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 597–600 | Cite as

Podcasting in medical education: can we turn this toy into an effective learning tool?

  • Lauren Zanussi
  • Mike Paget
  • Janet Tworek
  • Kevin McLaughlin
Reflection

Abstract

Advances in information technology have changed how we deliver medical education, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Technologies that were designed for purposes other than education, such as podcasting, are now frequently used in medical education. In this article, the authors discuss the pros and cons of adapting existing technologies for medical education, caution against limiting evaluation of technologies to the level of rater satisfaction, and suggest a research agenda for formally evaluating the role of existing and future technologies in medical education.

Keywords

Podcasting Technology Innovation Evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Zanussi
    • 1
  • Mike Paget
    • 1
  • Janet Tworek
    • 1
  • Kevin McLaughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, Health Sciences CentreUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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