Lifestream Week 4 Notes

Week 4 marked the start of the Block on Community Cultures. I continued to post anything I came across relating to Cyber Cultures, or to technology in general if it had any possible connection to education (particularly education in healthcare as that’s the field I work in). At this point I’d yet to find any way of including interesting articles or web sites in my Lifestream other than directly adding the link or Tweeting them. I chose Tweeting as it gave people the chance to respond directly on that platform as well as finding the entry on this blog. Although we do spend time reading each others’ blogs, Twitter is more immediate and most people probably have that on their phone. Trying to interact on the blogs using a mobile device is a nightmare – for instance drop down menus on WordPress don’t really work on a touchscreen, making navigation difficult to say the least.

Tweet about The Topol Review

Robotics and AI, what’s not to love about the future of healthcare?

The Topol Review (Topol, E. (2019) The Topol Review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future Available from was released at the start of 2019 and has the potential to be a major factor in NHS training. It is an attempt to see how technology will develop over the next 20 years and how this will effect the delivery of healthcare across NHS organisations. The big themes that it looks at are: Digital Medicine, Genomics and AI and Robotics. Not only will these fields revolutionise the delivery of heathcare, but they will also impact heavily on the training and education delivered to NHS staff. My reading of this review was partly responsible for my interest in picking the MOOC that I looked at as part of this Block.

Tweet about nurses using video technology for training clinical skills

Virtual Reality – I seriously love getting involved in this.

Again this is one of my personal hobby horses – trying to get the NHS to spend more time and effort developing training resources that deliver measurable benefits to staff, rather than the lacklustre resources that are churned out (I am personally responsible for churning out several dire courses of e-Learning that I know will have no genuine effect, but that have been mandated by and had their content written by people who cannot be persuaded otherwise). I’m trying to make a push for Virtual Reality, especially if coupled with branching scenarios. I think that this would give many of the benefits of using digital games (Gee, James Paul. (2005). What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, Pan Macmillan) whilst also creating an immersive environment that can simulate the real world situations that staff could face. For these reasons I think anything showing  evidence that technology like video is being used successfully in a novel way is important.

Tweet about AI created drug

Another post that shares a story related to heathcare. In this case it relates to the Cyber Cultures block quite directly. People have a worry about involving AI in health, probably even more so than they do in education. This is understandable as in a health setting you could be leaving life or death decisions to an artificial intelligence. Even though the drug in the article is going through the same rigorous trials as a drug developed by humans, there is still a level of unease about it. Between this article, the earlier one on Topol, the themes we covered in the Cyber Cultures Block, my professional interest in health education and an email from Health Education England arriving at about the same time advertising a new MOOC, my choice for what to look at in the Community Cultures Microethnography pretty much made itself 🙂

Who knows or dares to dream what treasures we might find in this uncharted territory?

Week 4 Summary – MOOC Decisions and Overview

This post covers why I chose the MOOC I did, and gives some details about it. I don’t think there is much I can add to it here.

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