The above is the title of a blog post from BestCollegesOnline.com. Academics who recognise the increasing popularity of Twitter can find new and exciting ways to incorporate Twitter into the interactive learning activities from the short summaries posted in this blog.
A lunchtime learning resources dept workshop on Twitter is scheduled 3 weeks from today. It will be open to academic staff and students.
This is a good place to get yourself prepared for the workshop.
Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics. Klieman, Marcdante, Jenson, Behrman. Elsevier Saunder. 5e. 2006.
Useful book for medical students and junior paediatric doctors. Focuses on normal growth and development and on the diagnosis, management and prevention of common childhood diseases and disorders. Purchase of the book entitles the buyer to the complete text and illustrations from the book online at http://www.studentconsult.com. Allows content clipping to PDAs. Also provides buyer one year access to http://www.nelsonpediatrics.com, the online version of Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.
The book covers the core curriculum of the medical school pediatric clerkship.
Good layout. Could use more illustrations and radiological images. Otherwise a very useful textbook for medical students. An alternative to Lissauer and Clayden’s Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics.
Set in Malaya during the World War II, this story traces the life of a matriarch and the struggles she faces in raising her family. The narrative voice alters between the men and women of this amazing tale. The reader will come across myths that are cleverly woven into the story and enjoy the imagery that it evokes.
A good read for students who want some insight into the history of Malaya and the unheard stories. It also captures the strength of an individual in the face of adversary and introduces us to understanding various perspectives of a situation.
Looking for health education materials. A good resource is the Health Education Assets Library (HEAL), a digital library of multimedia teaching resources for the health sciences. It provides access to thousands of images, videoclips, animations, presentations, and audio files that support healthcare education. The HEAL library contains two types of educational resources: the HEAL Reviewed Collection and Affiliate Collections.
For a start, you may wish to visit:
Concept Maps are useful tools for presenting or visualising knowledge. They can be used to present a concise overview, to assess student understanding and to formalise knowledge. Useful information on concept maps may be found in the following links:
If you intend to make your own concept maps or ask your students to do so, appropriate sofware can be downloaded from:
A list of research papers related to concept mapping can be found at http://cmap.ihmc.us/Publications/
ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine. Ed. Peter Cantillon, Linda Hutchinson & Diana Wood. BMJ Books. 2003.
A compact well-laid out book covering all the major aspects of learning and teaching in medicine. Separate chapters cover:
applying educational theory in practic
problem based learning
teaching large groups
teaching small groups
one to one teaching and feedback
learning and teaching in the clinical environment
skill based assessment
work based assessment
web based learning
creating teaching materials
Explanatory charts, diagrams, tables and colour images add to the easy readability of the book.
Highly recommended for academic staff.
The website above is the Harvard Disease Risk Appraisal site. Here you can find out your risk of developing five of the most important diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke) and get personalized tips for preventing them. With cancer, it is necessary to evaluate your risk separately for each common cancer site.
The supporting evidence that makes up your risk and the interventions that would help you reduce such risk are clearly spelled out.
You may also like to download “The Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk ” (2003) by the New Zealand Guidelines Group (NZGG) from
This is also available in interactive format from
The Canadian Council on Learning released its report on the state of e-Learning in Canada. The report can be obtained from
The report points out that e-learning shows great promise to improve Canada’s economic competitiveness and prepare Canadians for the demands of the 21st century and act as a fundamental tool for fostering a lifelong learning society. However, several issues are constraining the country’s ability to take full advantage of e-learning’s potential.
Advanced Critical Care Nursing. Ed. Karen K Carlson. American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Saunders. 2009.
Very well designed book on critical care nursing that medical students and medical officers would also find interesting. Well illustrated in colour. Multiple and useful tables.
Strong on pharmacological aspects of critical care management. Supported by evidence-based annotations, case studies and research utilisation boxes. Well referenced.