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June 08, 2009


Anne Marie Cunningham

Yay! I'm doing a presentation next month on how social medic/networks can support scholarship in medical education. This is a great post. Really helps me develop my thoughts:)

I think we need to develop our own skills in this area and then we can model to our students.

Rob Jacobs

Glad it was helpful.

Nina Peery

I was about to take exception to the comment that "networks have now become so much a part of our lives that physical presence is no longer necessary for a member to “present.” When I read it again, and think carefully about what it is saying, I guess I have to agree. I recently attended the TCEA Area 7 conference in White Oak where Jennifer Wagner was scheduled to lead several sessions, but due to bad weather in Texas, could not get a flight out of California. Due to the perseverance and creativity of several people, she presented all three of her workshops by being networked. I sat in on her last workshop in which she presented with Paul R Wood assisting from the Texas side via Skype. I concur that I probably received the information I would have gotten had she been standing in the room with me. I do not know that I agree with the following comment,"PNLCs can call on a district specialist, consultants, teachers, and staff who are in different physical locations (even different time zones) and who will be able to collaborate, contribute, cooperate, and share just as if they were present physically. Jen Wagner was certainly in a different location and a different time zone. She did a wonderful job presenting, collaborating, contributing, cooperating, and sharing with those of us in Texas. The part I do not fully agree with is "...just as if they were present physically." I know I for one was really looking forward to meeting her face to face. I believe the face to face contact would have made the presentations much more rich and allowed an even deeper connection. I am grateful for technology that allows us to cross time and space barriers, but the physical aspect will always remain an important component.

Rob Jacobs

Nina, thoughtful comments. Thank you. I agree to a point with your questioning the "...just as if they were physically present" comment. Face-to-face is much richer. However, the youth of today seem to believe that connecting virtually is, to them, the same.

Maybe I should re-think that line, as I myself will always prefer face-to-face, but the upcoming young educators of the future may not.

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