The Significance of Kinship for Medical Education: Reflections on the Use of a Bespoke Social Network to Support Learners’ Professional Identities

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Hatzipanagos, Stylianos, John, Bernadette and Chiu, T. 2016. The Significance of Kinship for Medical Education: Reflections on the Use of a Bespoke Social Network to Support Learners’ Professional Identities. JMIR Medical Education. 2 (1), p. e1.
AuthorsHatzipanagos, Stylianos, John, Bernadette and Chiu, T.
Abstract

Background: Social media can support and sustain communities much better than previous generations of learning technologies, where institutional barriers undermined any initiatives for embedding formal and informal learning. Some of the many types of social media have already had an impact on student learning, based on empirical evidence. One of these, social networking, has the potential to support communication in formal and informal spaces.

Objective: In this paper we report on the evaluation of an institutional social network—King's Social Harmonisation Project (KINSHIP)—established to foster an improved sense of community, enhance communication, and serve as a space to model digital professionalism for students at King’s College London, United Kingdom.

Methods: Our evaluation focused on a study that examined students’ needs and perceptions with regard to the provision of a cross-university platform. Data were collected from students, including those in the field of health and social care, in order to recommend a practical way forward to address current needs in this area.

Results: The findings indicate that the majority of the respondents were positive about using a social networking platform to develop their professional voice and profiles. Results suggest that timely promotion of the platform, emphasis on interface and learning design, and a clear identity are required in order to gain acceptance as the institutional social networking site.

Conclusions: Empirical findings in this study project an advantage of an institutional social network such a KINSHIP over other social networks (eg, Facebook) because access is limited to staff and students and the site is mainly being used for academic purposes.

JournalJMIR Medical Education
Journal citation2 (1), p. e1
ISSN2369-3762
Year2016
PublisherJMIR
Publisher's version
License
CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/mededu.4715
http://mededu.jmir.org/2016/1/e1/
Publication dates
Print03 Mar 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Mar 2016
Accepted24 Nov 2015
FunderKing's College London
Copyright information© 2016 The authors
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