learning social media technology

Face-to-face as a subset of virtual learning spaces?


…educational technology is no longer a single innovation or a group of innovations but a sea change based on the awareness that face-to-face (F2F) pedagogy is a subset of the virtual learning environment — and not the other way around.

I like this quote from an old post by 21st century fluency, although I’m not sure I completely agree with it. I like the idea that we need to change our mindset and think of face-to-face spaces as a subset of learning spaces, rather than the predominant one. But, I don’t think of virtual spaces as the predominant space either. I think that learning spaces are both physical and / or virtual and that there isn’t a hierarchical structure to how these spaces are conceived. I talk about blended learning, but increasingly there is only learning, and we use a range of tools that sometimes includes digital spaces, sometimes whiteboards, sometimes models, and sometimes conversations. They’re all just ways of connecting people and ideas.

physiotherapy research technology

First article published

I just had my first research article published. It’s based mainly on the literature review I did for my Masters degree last year, with a few updates. It’s strange, but when I submitted it about 6 months ago, I thought it was a reasonable piece of work. Reading it now, I feel like taking it back and editing the hell out of it. Does anyone else look back at their earliest work and feel like hiding under a table?

I’m putting the abstract up here in case anyone is interested. The title of the article is “Information and communication technology in health: a review of the literature”.


Information and communication technology has been shown to be increasingly important in the education andprofessional practice of healthcare workers. The World Health Organisation (WHO) discusses the benefits of using ICT in the Primary Healthcare setting in terms of better access to information, improved communication between colleagues, facilitating continuing professional development and providing learning tools for healthcareprofessionals, patients and the community as a whole. This review of the literature describes the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the education and professional practice of healthcare workers and goes on to outline the challenges facing the widespread adoption of ICT. The conclusion is that ICT does indeed have a positive role to play in both the education and professional practice of healthcare workers, including physiotherapists, as long as it is implemented as an adjunct to established and proven practice, and not a replacement.