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From VCR to PVR: A retrospective on interface design and affordance

December 28, 2011

Recently I found some written instructions I had prepared several years ago to help my parents program their VCR. It took me three pages to write out the steps to record a program.  Where applicable each step included a hand drawn representation of the button the VCR (and/or the remote) to ensure clarity and...
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Content analysis of #hcsmca tweets: the importance of context in social media analytics

December 4, 2011
Content analysis of #hcsmca tweets: the importance of context in social media analytics

In a previous post I presented an analysis of the tweets from the Health Care Social Media Canada (#hcsmca) Twitter community.  By using a network analysis tool (NodeXL) I was able to determine that two Twitter identities (@infoway and @jasonboies) were participating but perhaps not in a connected way. When community members are “off...
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Network analysis of the #hcsmca Twitter community: lurking as a form of legitimate peripheral participation?

November 27, 2011
Network analysis of the #hcsmca Twitter community: lurking as a form of legitimate peripheral participation?

In the ethnography, “Situated Learning” (Lave & Wenger, 1991) it was observed that learning a trade or profession such as a tailor or midwifery was best supported by engaging in this activity within the actual community in which it was taking place. In this context the learner, as an apprentice, can be exposed to...
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Physician schedule thyself

November 10, 2011

Accidents happen. Often when we are tired, overwhelmed with too much information and too much to do we make mistakes. Many of us work long hours, interacting with complex machinery and in noisy environments. Few of us, however, are required to work 36 or more hours in a row, with little or no sleep....
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Journals: you can’t publish without us so please work with us

September 30, 2011

A couple of great posts from other bloggers on the peer review process, journal publishing and the open access movement: Peers, review your actions by Michael Taylor on September 29th, 2011 Access to scientific publications should be a fundamental right by petermr on September 30th, 2011 I’m excited that others are sharing their thoughts...
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Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long–Term Care Webchat Transcript: Ontario Liberal Party plan for health care

September 24, 2011

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long–Term Care Webchat Transcript: Ontario Liberal Party plan for health care Tuesday September 20, 2011 8:00 pm Note: This transcript is also available on Facebook. Each comment or question is followed by a time stamp indicating when it was posted. Inclusion of this transcript is for informational purposes...
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Technology, the knowledge economy and how academia should respond

September 17, 2011
Technology, the knowledge economy and how academia should respond

We need not look far for examples of the massive change the Internet has brought upon us. Take the music industry for example. Like water finding the path of least resistance people started to find ways to create and exchange copies of songs for free. There has been much speculation as to why this...
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Data Part 2 – When you can’t collect it, find it elsewhere. And get the patients involved.

September 8, 2011
Data Part 2 – When you can’t collect it, find it elsewhere. And get the patients involved.

Another way to obtain data for use in research studies is to find sources in which it has already been collected. There are many organizations that record data either for their own purposes or as their mandate. Obtaining data in the former circumstance may be difficult due to privacy issues. However, Statistics Canada as...
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What is the definition of social media within a healthcare context?

August 1, 2011

Healthcare social media (hcsm) can be defined as the interactive engagement through use of electronic platform(s) for the multi-directional exchange of user-generated information, knowledge, data and wisdom including anecdotal experiences amongst patients, their families, healthcare professionals, health researchers and healthcare administrators. 1 answer on Quora What is the definition of social media within a...
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Data: harder to find and share than one might think

July 22, 2011
Data: harder to find and share than one might think

A first person account of conducting a research study, from conceptualization, collecting the data through to publication.
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