Technology and continuing professional education: The reality beyond the hype

Maggie McPherson, Miguel Baptista Nunes, John Sandars, Christine Kell

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Social Information Technology (SIT) can allow individuals, dispersed both in time and place, to connect via the Internet. Consequently, the use of online networks is very appealing to Continuing Professional Education (CPE) providers. However, our findings seem to have revealed an underlying reality over-shadowed by this hype. Our experience, as both providers and researchers of online CPE to a range of healthcare workers, suggests that the reality of online networks is often far different from the planned learning objectives. In fact, we believe that learning in CPE must be assumed to be much more then the attainment of intangible concepts. Acquisition of static facts are useless if the learners do not have the understanding to apply them in apposite contexts and organisational settings. The use of new Web 2.0 approaches, such as social bookmarking and social networking, may well be an exciting potential development, but if busy professionals are to use SITs as an integral part of their daily personal and professional lives, further research into factors that facilitate and inhibit such usage is required.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationConnecting Society and Cultural Issues
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781599047744
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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