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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


  • 1. The place and value of Web 2.0 toolsin supporting the development ofresearch communities Presenter: Merrolee PenmanMA(Educ), NZROT

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 (OReilly, 2005). 3. Who knows about these types ofWeb 2.0 tools.?Social bookmarking Newsreaders Google books/docs Not me! Wikis 4. What tools? 5. Why consider Web 2.0 tools?Exploring tools for alternatives for PDButto Web 2.0 occupational what are Exposed therapists doing? Exposed to Web 2.0 working for individuals 6. ..not much!!! Low presence of occupational therapistsLack of awareness that Web 2.0 existedProfessional group that are wary of technologyResource poor 7. Why was I worried? Trends in continuing education/professional developmentIncrease in Aotearoa occupational therapy research but dissemination of findings limitedTheory practice divide 8. Why does a divide exist?(Kielhofner, 2005) Professional practice would improve withincreased researchKnowing how flows from knowing about..Isolation of scholars from practitionersPublish or perish+knowledge is locked up to the few who canaccess 9. The practitioners perspective(Kielhofner, et al 2006) 10. Engaged scholarship Process to bridge2006) gap(Kielhofner, et al., the Knowledge is judged for practical utilityResearch grounded in real lifeTheory, experiential knowledge and practical know-how equally valuedResearcher/practitioner collaboration 11. Knowledge creating systemCapacity Practice building innovationTheoryandresearch 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 arent in the same location? What if they dont have resources to travel? 13. What about this Web 2.0? 14. Tools designed to enable building of networks which provide a natural framework for participation, collaboration and sharing amongst a community of users. (OReilly, 2005). 15. Blogging On the run or Mind HacksE-mentoring for midwives or Sex and PHDOccupational therapy educational issues 16. Social bookmarking Del.icio.usCiteULike 17. Google documents/wikis Google documentsWikis 18. Social networking KARENLinkedIn 19. If you build the bridgeswill they come? 20. What did I do? Investigated the issues related to Web 2.0 and professional development 21. What did we do? 22. Confident with? EmailTeleconferences/audioconferences80% confident using websitesMixed experience with other tools such as eportfolios or creating web pages. 23. Confidence in learning.. Most confident if.Call for helpOthers available for helpLots of time to learnSomeone giving step by step instructionsMost not confident withWritten instructions only 24. Self-efficacy? Most expected to: Experience many problemsGive up quickly if it didnt workAsk immediately for helpGet frustrated and annoyed by lack ofprogress 25. What tools do they like 26. What supported their use of Web 2.0tools? Learning process Novelty Some relevant material, easily accessible International perspective Access client perspectives 27. M2InhibitorsExternal Resources: Time, computer access Ensuring confidentiality Internal Resources:Technical skillsConfidence 28. M1 What would make the difference? Modelling by academicssocial bookmarkingbloggingopeness to communicateSupport from managersPresence of experts on the web 29. Ive just posted a comment on MetaOTs website, which is great for my learning. I can really see the potential if all OTs 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, thats what it takes. Maybe if the few of us keep this up and do the hard work, it wont seem like such a big deal for others to catch on. Heres hoping, for my blog and for others.


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