Endocrine Abstracts (2014) 34 EW1.2 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.34.EW1.2

Using technology to enhance your teaching in Endocrinology

Stephen Ball


Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.


The process of learning is an order-dependent process. It can be broken down into functional components: accessing information; assimilating that information as knowledge within a theoretical framework; and then being able to apply that knowledge in an appropriate context. There is nothing new in this. Indeed, the process of learning is part of our very nature. Generations of doctors have learned and taught; learned and taught some more; and learned and taught some more after that.

So what’s new? In 2014 and beyond, information and web-based technologies have ensured that the learner is no longer dependent on the teacher to facilitate access to information. Instead, we have a new set of problems. These include quality assuring the information available to those wishing to learn while, in parallel, developing their critical appraisal skills so they can (in time) become independent. Moreover, this has to be achieved in a time and resource-limited working-training environment, while balancing other commitments. Don’t worry. Technologies are available to help.

This presentation will focus on the how best to harness local, national and international resources to support learning in Endocrinology, highlighting: social media; post-peer review repositories; and evolving e-learning platforms. Keep calm… and switch on.

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