digiMe: An Online Portal to Support Connectivity through E-Learning in Medical Education
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AbstractConnectivity is intrinsic to all aspects of our life today, be it political, economic,technological, scientific, or personal. Higher education is also transcending the previous paradigm oftechnology enabled content delivery and e-learning, with a new emphasis on connectivity, enablingparticipants to exchange knowledge and collaborate to meet educational goals. In this study,a social media technology supported websitedigiMewas developed and evaluated at theSchool of Medicine of one Australian university. Connectivity to other medical learners and healthprofessionals is intrinsic to digiMe. This paper reports the functionalities of this website, resultsof a post-intervention evaluative survey, and statistics of website usage generated from GoogleAnalytics. The results revealed more active adoptions and a more positive attitude towards digiMefrom Year 4 students compared to Year 5 students. The participants showed a desire for access toa recommended collection of apps, such as those offered through digiMe. However, many participantsdid not use digiMe beyond initial introduction to it. digiMe demonstrated its potential in raisingawareness of web and mobile apps useful for enhancing connectivity, although it needs to beintroduced to students in earlier years of their medical education to achieve a higher impact ontheir learning.