This Australian study aimed to evaluate how effectively medical students may be using Facebook for education.
Researchers surveyed 759 medical students at one Melbourne university, and explored the design and conduct of 4 Facebook study groups.
25.5% of students reported using Facebook for education-related reasons and another 50.0% said they were open to doing so.
The case studies showed conservative approaches in students' efforts to support their development of medical knowledge and mixed successes.
The study authors concluded that Facebook as part of learning and teaching is as much of a challenge for many students as it may be for most educators.
Medical students' use of Facebook to support learning: Insights from four case studies. Gray K, Annabell L, Kennedy G. Med Teach. 2010;32(12):971-6.
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