Bringing informal communication to the fore in e-learning: Physicians and health educators opinions on using social media for health and healthcare education
Tuesday, June 24 5:15-5:35 PM Location: B3109
Presider: Shaoyu Ye, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan
Abstract: With the emergence of the new communication technologies and social media, a transitional stage from structured formal learning environments to informal structures takes place in distance education. The use of sociable technologies can have significant influence in e-learning environments for achieving goals in health and health care education. In this context, this study focuses on the opinion of physicians and health educators on using social media for health and healthcare education. The study uses a qualitative research design. The data set of the study is obtained through semi-structured interviews with physicians and health educators working in Cukurova University. Implications for adapting sociable technologies for health and health care education in e-learning environments are discussed through interpretations of the data set in the conclusion section.