The use of social media in anatomical and health professional education: a systematic review

Pollock, W. and Rea, P. (2020) The use of social media in anatomical and health professional education: a systematic review. In: Rea, P. M. (ed.) Biomedical Visualisation. Series: Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 5. Springer. ISBN 9783030319038 (In Press)

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Abstract

Social media is used by many students at universities, with sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being the most popular. Initially these social networking sites were mainly used for recreational purposes, but they have been increasingly used in an educational setting. Educators in the anatomical sciences and health professions have utilised many forms of technology to supplement and enhance a student’s learning. However, the true effectiveness of using social media in anatomical and health professions education has not been fully explored. It has been hypothesised that social media in anatomical sciences and health professional education could enhance learner engagement, raise morale, relieve anxieties and improve communication. However, the evidence is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to undertake a comprehensive literature review to examine the effectiveness, or otherwise, of these tools when implemented. We used the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) method for reviewing the literature. By using specific keywords and using Google Scholar, PubMed, ERIC and OVID, we performed an extensive literature search to examine the use of social media in anatomical sciences and health professional education. A total of 155 studies were identified in this systematic review, with 99 studies investigating a variety of social networking sites being included. Overall, the evidence is supportive, with 79.8% of the studies supporting the use social media in education. Furthermore, when the use of social media in the anatomical sciences and health professional was investigated, the majority of studies advocated for its implementation. Despite this, there are some factors that limit the significance of these results, and the amount of evidence was indeed limited. Additional research must be carried out if social media is to influence modern pedagogical practices, with more focus on how the intervention affects academic achievement.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:In Press
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rea, Professor Paul
Authors: Pollock, W., and Rea, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:9783030319038

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