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A presentation given to a multi-disciplinary audience on the value of web 2.0. The Rehabilitation and Disability Research Colloquium, 29 - 30 November 2007, Rehabilitation and Disability Research Theme, University of Otago

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Research Symposium

  1. 1. The place and value of Web 2.0 tools in supporting the development of research communities Presenter: Merrolee Penman MA(Educ), NZROT
  2. 2. What is Web 2.0? Tools designed to enable building of networks which provide a natural framework for participation, collaboration and sharing amongst a community of users (O’Reilly, 2005).
  3. 3. Who knows about these types of Web 2.0 tools.? Social bookmarking Newsreaders Google books/docs Not me! Wikis
  4. 4. What tools?
  5. 5. Why consider Web 2.0 tools? Exploring tools for alternatives for PD Butto Web 2.0 occupational what are Exposed therapists doing? Exposed to Web 2.0 working for individuals
  6. 6. …..not much!!! Low presence of occupational therapists Lack of awareness that Web 2.0 existed Professional group that are wary of technology Resource poor
  7. 7. Why was I worried? Trends in continuing education/professional development Increase in Aotearoa occupational therapy research but dissemination of findings limited Theory – practice divide
  8. 8. Why does a divide exist? (Kielhofner, 2005) Professional practice would improve with increased research Knowing how… flows from knowing about.. Isolation of scholars from practitioners Publish or ‘perish’ +…knowledge is ‘locked up’ to the few who can access
  9. 9. The practitioner’s perspective (Kielhofner, et al 2006)
  10. 10. Engaged scholarship Process to bridge2006) gap (Kielhofner, et al., the Knowledge is judged for practical utility Research grounded in real life Theory, experiential knowledge and practical know-how equally valued Researcher/practitioner collaboration
  11. 11. Knowledge – creating system Capacity Practice building innovation Theory and research
  12. 12. Is a bridge enough? How do the practitioners and researchers find each other? How do the researchers find each other? How do those people who have found each other find more like minded people? How do they communicate and share, if they aren’t in the same location? What if they don’t have resources to travel?
  13. 13. What about this Web 2.0?
  14. 14. Tools designed to enable building of networks which provide a natural framework for participation, collaboration and sharing amongst a community of users. (O’Reilly, 2005).
  15. 15. Blogging On the run or Mind Hacks E-mentoring for midwives or Sex and PHD Occupational therapy – educational issues
  16. 16. Social bookmarking CiteULike
  17. 17. Google documents/wikis Google documents Wikis
  18. 18. Social networking KAREN LinkedIn
  19. 19. If you build the bridges will they come?
  20. 20. What did I do? Investigated the issues related to Web 2.0 and professional development
  21. 21. What did we do?
  22. 22. Confident with…? Email Teleconferences/audioconferences 80% confident using websites Mixed experience with other tools such as eportfolios or creating web pages.
  23. 23. Confidence in learning.. Most confident if…. Call for help Others available for help Lots of time to learn Someone giving step by step instructions Most not confident with… Written instructions only
  24. 24. Self-efficacy? Most expected to: Experience many problems Give up quickly if it didn’t work Ask immediately for help Get frustrated and annoyed by lack of progress
  25. 25. What tools do they like… iGoogle Blogs
  26. 26. What supported their use of Web 2.0 tools? Learning process Novelty Some relevant material, easily accessible International perspective Access client perspectives
  27. 27. M2 Inhibitors… External Resources: Time, computer access Ensuring confidentiality Internal Resources: Technical skills Confidence
  28. 28. M1 What would make the difference? Modelling by academics social bookmarking blogging openess to communicate Support from managers Presence of ‘experts’ on the web
  29. 29. I’ve just posted a comment on MetaOT’s website, which is great for my learning. I can really see the potential if all OT’s who were on the web started a blog and shared their bookmarks with the rest of the world, what a big step that could be for us! But time time time, that’s what it takes. Maybe if the few of us keep this up and do the hard work, it won’t seem like such a big deal for others to catch on. Here’s hoping, for my blog and for others.