Broadening Our Game: Strengthening E-Professionalism among Students

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Title: Broadening Our Game: Strengthening E-Professionalism among Students
Author: Gomes, Alexandra; Butera, Gisela; Harrod, Tom; Abate, Laura; Linton, Anne
Abstract: Objectives: To describe the initiatives undertaken by Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library to develop curricular modules on various aspects of e-professionalism including social media, copyright, plagiarism, intellectual property, and appropriate computer use. Methods: As the borders between online and actual lives blur, the Himmelfarb Library recognized the need for e-professionalism instruction. In order to encourage students to apply real-life professional behavioral norms to their online behavior, two modules were developed. The first module focuses on social media including blogging, Facebook, and Twitter. The second module focuses on respect for intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism, and appropriate computer use. Both modules are case based and integrated with the formal curriculum. The module formats are flexible to permit coverage of the topic in one to two hours. If a longer time period is available for instruction, the core material is augmented by discussion with a panel of health care or legal experts who have experience in the relevant topics. Results: The first module focusing on social media was successfully integrated into multiple curricula, including the school of medicine, the school of public health, the school of nursing, and the physician assistant program. Each integration took a slightly different approach in order to best meet the needs of the students and fit into the course or orientation structure. The second module was integrated into the school of medicine's curriculum. Conclusions: Both modules were well received by students, and faculty have expressed interest in repeating these modules with future groups of students. Development of the modules and tailoring the examples to the specific audiences is time consuming but results in greater impact and relevance. The library’s initiative in developing the modules has resulted in positive visibility for the library as well as bolstering the library's role as a partner in the formal curricula.
Date: 2012-05-19

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