Open educational practices

My aim with this course is to learn how to use FDOL in learning for Family medicine, not specified yet if it is for medical students, doctors in vocational training or specialists in family medicine. During the last Hangout with my PBL group I asked how they would design a FDOL course for doctors. I received a great idea, that I have been thinking on since then: “Why don´t start by meeting at hangout with some doctors that are interested?”

I am now planning to find an experimental group of 5-8 family doctors that are interested in on-line PBL learning. I think that I could quite easily find the group among colleagues/friends, but the diversity of persons would not be large. We would all be quite similar with the same age and same interests. An alternative is to ask for participation in an experimental on-line PBL group in the association for Family doctors in Sweden (SFAM), or even in the international association for Family doctors (WONCA). The benefits of having a group with colleagues/friends are that the group is stronger from the start, as we know each other. We will then have a good base when experimenting on how to organize the PBL learning on-line. That would be one of the tasks in the experimental group, to find a suitable structure for learning; to find out what are interesting areas to study, what suitable learning activities are and how we should interact synchronously and asynchronously on-line.  In a group with colleagues/friends I think that drop-out would not be too high. We could also meet face to face at work and discuss problems that arise.

Exploring on-line PBL learning in Family medicine in a Swedish context might also be useful for planning similar learning activities for doctors at vocational training for Family medicine in Sweden. In vocational training in Family medicine Stockholm, as it is organized now, you have time (½ day or 1 day per week I think) for own studies. You join a group with other doctors on vocational training in Family medicine in your geographic area twice a month. At these meetings learning activities are often a lecture. But why not have an on-line PBL group for doctors on vocational training in Family medicine as an alternative to the meetings? My planned experimental group would be useful in planning such groups for doctors at vocational training.

However, my dream for the future would be to join an international on-line PBL group in Family medicine. It would be fantastic to discuss how organization for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is set up Shanghai or to learn more about strategies for when to treat respiratory tract infections with antibiotics in Madrid. If I aim to create international on-line PBL groups, why not do the experimental on-line PBL group international from the start? We will meet other barriers in organizing the learning activities than in a Swedish group. Why not learn what those barriers are from the start?

What do you think of my ideas?


6 reaktioner till “Open educational practices”

  1. Hi Anna, if I were you I would start with a Swedish (or Scandinavian) group. You would have more things in common work wise so you could distinguish obstacles that are related to online communication to difference in medical practice. I would then move to international collaboration because it would of course be more enriching.

  2. This is when informal learning takes off. Groups of people meeting to solve problems, discuss issues and investigate new areas. Is this a course or is it an arena for learning? We are so used to ready-made course packages with given outcomes but what is so exciting about the type of learning you are describing is that there is no ready answer. We discuss and see where it takes us..

  3. Hi Anna,
    For obvious reasons Stefano is right, start small and all that, but I have to admit that your enthusiasm for the possibility to go global is contagious! Sounds really really interesting – go for it ;o)!!

  4. I think it is a good idea to start with an experimental group of 5-8 family doctors that are interested in on-line PBL learning. Maybe you could invite a specialist in clinical chemistry too?

    1. Yes, I think that variants of on-line PBL groups could be mixed specialists (clinical chemistry, cardiology etc) or mixed professions in primary care (nurses, physiotherapists and phsycologists).
      Thanks all for your comments!

  5. Anna, As I said in the hangout – I would definitely go if I where a family doctor. My guess is that as a doctor you might not have the time to discuss and/or process ideas or experiences with the people in your surrounding and that this kind of informal learning and exchange is a high motivator. It is a great idea, and perhaps you will have people knocking at your door asking you when this will all start 🙂


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