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Amcunningham

Hello Martin,

I'm really interested in your point that tools need to be demonstrated in the right context. I've just written a post this morning about how my mainstreaming of social bookmarking with medical undergraduates doesn't seem to have worked. A few students who I showed individually did start using Delicious, although not 'socially'.

If I have some success in managing to get principles over to 280 students at one time I'll let you know!

My post: http://wishfulthinkinginmedicaleducation.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-experience-using-social-bookmarking.html

With regards to research, I think the key problem is a fear of sharing work that is not published. I was very surprised to find that the same concerns even applied to researchers in medical education- and it is hardly as if we are in competition for major pots of research funding. One of our key journals "Medical Education", is co-owned by the ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education)- it would be great to see them taking a lead in supporting the use of social media, even though they are a traditional publisher. This could help to remove the 'fear' which I don't think is necessary.

Here is my post on sharing PhD findings before completion: http://wishfulthinkinginmedicaleducation.blogspot.com/2010/07/what-are-risks-in-sharing-phd-findings.html

Penny

Or what about the technologies researchers use without realising it? Without reflecting on their use, or considering the impact/affordances/constraints etc.? "Nvivo as method" springs to mind, or even using something like EndNote vs Zotero for a literature search. These tools do determine how you work to some extent.

And then why are some technologies singled out for special mention (especially when writing about methods) and others are not? Interesting things to think about!

Sarah Stewart

As you have said in your post, there is not going to be a whole lot of change until academia and research funding shifts from the mindset of publication in traditional closed journals. If that change does not come from the top end of academia, then we as researchers must drive it from below eg only publish in open journals. But that takes a lot of guts...especially if you are told you will not get promotion unless you publish in certain journals.

Laura James

Interesting thoughts. You might also want to look at a piece of research we did for JISC last year, specifically looking at technology uptake amongst early career researchers (note that these may not necessarily be young); we identified a range of constraints which limited adoption of some newer tools. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2009/earlycareerresearchersstudy.aspx

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