Gregory's Page

From Kumu Wiki - TRU
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The printable version is no longer supported and may have rendering errors. Please update your browser bookmarks and please use the default browser print function instead.

Assignment 1 Part B - Media Tools: SlideShare

I choose to explore the siteSlideshare. When preparing for teaching, I often do a google search on a various topics and include “ppt” in my search to see what others have created. I am often referred to presentations that have been uploaded on Slideshare. Slideshare is a great resource to find information on various topics uploaded by other individuals. There is a vast amount of medical related content on the site. It also has the ability to be used by students and teachers in an online learning environment. Here is an example of content I have uploaded.

Purpose of Slideshare: User can upload content in the form of presentations, infographics, documents and videos to slideshare. Think of it as the Youtube for content.

Ease of use: Slide share requires registration. Without registration, a person can still view content uploaded content, but are unable to use any of the other functions. The registration process is easy, a person can sign up via an email address, Facebook or LinkedIn. Searching for content is similar to any web browser (although their does not appear to be any advanced search options). Adding content to Slideshare is as easy as uploading a file. Content can be uploaded from a file from a computer and also other sources such as; Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, Gmail or a link (ULR). Slide share allows for multiple different file formats to be uploaded such as Adobe PDF files, Open Office Presentation Documents, Microsoft Power Point and Microsoft Word documents. The majority of commonly used video files are also supported. Slideshare has partnered with Haiku Deck, a presentation software that helps create and upload presentations.

Confidentiality of content/discussion: Content uploaded to slide share can be designated as private and only visible to the user that uploads it. It can also be designated as public, which places the content open to be found by users on Slideshare and on the web. A nice feature that slideshare has that increase its security is the ability to allow presentations to only be viewed by those with the secret link. Added security can also be added requiring a password to gain access to the link. Under privacy settings, presentations uploaded can be made available to download by other users and also the ability to include a variety of embedding settings.

It does not appear that users have the ability to set up a closed group, were a class can share content with each other. Although there is the ability to search and follow other users. It appears that any discussion occurring on topics are open to any users who have access to the content. There is also the ability to flag/block inappropriate content and comments. Slideshare does also that that that copyright content may be deleted.

Transferability/scrubbability Content added to Slideshare can be easily deleted from the user’s profile. Slideshare also seems to have fairly advanced transferability of content. You are able to embed your own, or other users files to websites or blogs. Information can also be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Wordpress blogs. Files or links to content on Slidehsare can also be shared via email. As the content placed on slideshare is commonly used file types, the files can be easily downloaded off slideshare

Appropriateness for academic use: The content currently on Slideshare provides a wealth of valuable knowledge, especially in the health care field. Information found is often uploaded by doctors and other health care professionals. The content needs to be assessed for the quality and accuracy of the information, this is especially important in the health care field. Slideshare allows for college level student (and other levels) to view content, upload their own work and also share work with classmates. There is the ability to comment and create discussion around various topics. The discussion can be protected and made private in a roundabout way, by sharing links. An interesting feature is the ability to map your professional journey, similar to creating an online portfolio which can be used when applying for jobs.

Website UpToDate Medscape Neonatology Neonatology Today NICU University Drager Quizlet
Who wrote the material?
  • Is their an author?
  • Who is the author?
  • What are the authors credentials
  • Is the author an expert in the field?
  • Has the author published other work?
  • If the author is an organization or institution, are they reputable?
  • Yes the Authors and editor`s names are listed
  • They are all reputable physicians and work in the field of neonatology
  • Have published multiple papers and other topics on UpToDate
  • Yes the authors, chief editor and contributors names are present
  • They are all Physicians working and teaching in pediatrics
  • They have stated that they have nothing to disclose
  • Additional information is provided with medical societies they are members of
  • Yes the authors of the articles names are present
  • They are all Physicians working and teaching in pediatrics
  • A Google search, provides additional information, resumes and other publications.
  • They have stated that they have nothing to disclose
  • Yes the authors of the articles “NAVA Ventilation in Neonates: Clinical Guidelines and Management Strategies” are stated
  • The authors are a Physicians and respiratory therapist who clinically work with NAVA
  • The authors have published multiple papers on the topic and H Stein is regarded as one of the leading experts in the field
  • The authors and their credentials are listed
  • A Google search on various authors on the website provides information that allows the assumption that they are reputable and credible
  • The authors are well published on the topic
  • The authors and their credentials for the CE programs are listed
  • The authors are credible and leaders in the field
  • The authors are well published and the website provides the authors CV
  • The authors of the flash cards/quizzes names are present
  • The Authors are students and/or teachers
What is the purpose of the website?
  • Who created the website? Is it a person, institution or organization?
  • What is the purpose of the website, is it factual, educational or fictional?
  • The site is evidence-based, physician authored, educational site
  • It is a clinical decision support resource that is meant to help clinicians care for their patients
  • The site is an evidence-based, educational site
  • Provide educational information to health care providers
  • This is a refutable medical journal
  • The article is a European Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Infants – 2010 Update
  • The article is published in a NEONATOLOGY TODAY a free monthly newsletter
  • Its purpose is to provide neonatologist with news and information
  • There is no information on who the administrator of the website.
  • There is information provided to contact the website
  • The website states that it provides educational and informational resources to clinicians
  • There website provides certified education (CE) programs which health care provides can receive credit for
  • The website is created by a ventilator company; Drager Medical
  • The purpose of this part of the website is to provide education and webinars.
  • Quizlet provides free learning tools to help students
When was the information published?
  • When was the information created?
  • When was the information last updated?
  • There is no creation date, however the review states it was last updated in Oct 2012, and was reviewed for currency in Sept 2014
  • There is no creation date, however the review states it was last updated in Sept 2012
  • The article was published in June 2010
  • The article was published in April 2012
  • The dates of the certified education programs are provided on the website
  • There are no dates visible for when the online continuing education courses were created
  • The date the information is created is present. However I cannot find any information about updates
Where did the information come from?
  • What supports the information found on the website?
  • Is there a reference list?
  • The information is evidence based and referenced
  • The information is evidence based and referenced
  • The information provided is evidence based and referenced

The information provided is evidence based and referenced

  • The CE programs are evidence based and references are provided
  • The information provided is by experts in the field, some of the webinars are adequately references, however some of the webinars do not contain or provide reference information
  • There is no support or referencing of information found on the website
Why should I trust the information?
  • Is the information biased or does it push a specific agenda?
  • Does the site contain advertising?
  • Is there any conflict of interest between with advertisements or site supporting organizations?
  • Yes the information found on this site is trustworthy and up to date (as the name suggests).
  • There is no bias, advertising or conflict
  • The information found on this site is trustworthy and evidence based
  • There appears to be no bias in the information provided, however the site does contain advertising
  • The information found in the paper is evidence based
  • There appears to be no bias in the information provided, however the site does contain advertising
  • The information found in the paper is evidence based
  • As this is a free newsletter the site is heavily advertised
  • Although there is no mention of it, the authors would most likely have a close relationship with the ventilator company
  • The information found in the paper is evidence based
  • Each presentation provides information and disclaimers of the website and the presenter
  • The website has multiple sponsors and advertisements
  • For the majority of the presentations, the authors provides disclosures. Many have received funding or provided work for Drager Medical.
  • The information learnt in the webinars must be assessed for bias on an individual basis due to the fact that is provided by a medical company.
  • The information provided on the website needs to be taken for what it is.
  • There are many quizzes that students can access.
  • To help improve the accuracy of the information I can create learning tools on Quizlet for my students and this will increase the reliability of the information

I focused on the topic Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). RDS is a disease that affects premature babies. Premature babies born less than 37 weeks gestation lack a compound in their lungs called surfactant (Sweet et. al., 2010). Without surfactant, these babies struggle to breath and many may die without appropriate treatment.

A variety of web based resources were used to prepare for this topic. In the medical field, evidence based peer reviewed literature is considered the gold standard. UpToDate and Medscape provide an excellent overview of the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment options for RDS. These sites provide a foundation that the students can use as a base to build their knowledge on the management of RDS. The article in Neonatology journal titled “European Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Infants – 2010 Update” further outlines the clinical management of RDS based on evidence based literature. These three resources provide the educators a framework for teaching of the topic and are valuable resources for the students.

Another important learning tool is the use of continuing education (CE) webinars available to students. There are a variety of CE webinars available on Drager Medical, a popular neonatal ventilator company, and NICUniversity. The webinars can be watched in class or at home by students and are also available on tablets to provide easier access. Upon completion of the webinars, there are questions available for the students to answer, and if correctly answered the students are presented with a certificate of completion. The webinars are often led by international experts in the medical field and provide the students with clinical experience that is often lost in textbooks or webpages. Although the Drager Medical webinars are often biased as they are developed to promote their ventilators, they provide valuable information about how to effectively use their products. It is difficult to obtain this information elsewhere.

The final resource I analyzed was Quizlet. The website is an educational tool where the teacher and/or students can create questions, quizzes and flashcards to help with studying and understanding of the material. Students also have the option of looking at other topics and subsets created by other groups.

I have focused on a range of learning resources to provide students with a valuable learning experience and to cover a variety of different learning styles. Resources examined include medical journals, newsletters and continuing education programs. A resource not available that would strengthen students learning on RDS is an interactive patient case studies website – this would enable students to develop critical analysis skills as required for effective management of their patients.


Sweet D, G, Carnielli V, Greisen G, Hallman M, Ozek E, Plavka R, Saugstad O, D, Simeoni U, Speer C, P, Halliday H, L, European Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Infants – 2010 Update. Neonatology 2010;97:402-417