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Evaluation of #fluscenario

4 Dec

The fluscenario project has nearly come to an end for this year, and I’d be very grateful if you’d give us some feedback via this form



Scenario 4 of #fluscenario live now

25 Nov

Only 1/4 of the year are timetable for #fluscenario this week with the rest next week, but feel free to get involved now!

You can access it here or here.

Scenario 3 is now live

18 Nov

Scenario 3 of #fluscenario is now live on the Dundeepublichealth blog. You can link to it here.

#fluscenario – session 2

12 Nov

Session 2 is now live, and can be found here

#fluscenario – Scenario 1 online now!

5 Nov

Scenario 1 is now available here

Please read through it, and then go over to Twitter to discuss it with your peers. Please remember to summarise your learning points (via Twitter, yes in 140 characters if you can!) by the end of the week.

Students who do not wish to sign up to Twitter for privacy reasons are still expected to take part, although they will not be able to join in the online conversation. If you feel strongly that you do not wish to use Twitter you must read the scenarios, follow the conversation, and email your reflection and learning points by the Friday of the week of the scenario.

fluscenario and twitter

5 Nov

I have been contacted by a small number of students who have concerns about using Twitter for #fluscenario.

Students who have contacted me directly have been made aware that I cannot force them to sign up to Twitter.
I do not have concerns about privacy concerns and monitoring, as all students are provided an email address by the university and all students are expected to use that responsibly as part of their educational contract. Thus, students have an email address they can use for twitter, and you are under no obligation to use anything that identifies you by way of username (I have had emails from students letting me know who they are: thank you). You are emphatically not required to provide medical advice or anything else that would breach GMC guidelines.
Furthermore, our experience last year tells us that students who participated through Twitter gained more from the experience than those using a more private method of communication. This is because the teaching has been designed to be conversational. As such, we have removed all references to conversation on medblogs from this year’s scenarios. We have left open an alternative, which is for students to follow the scenarios and the conversation on twitter, then to email the reflection and learning points by at the end of each week.

To summarise, Twitter is not mandatory. Taking part is.

PS Last year there were concerns that students could be considered to be taking part if they simply retweeted other people, or added “me too”. To partly improve this, and to help students to identify the key learning points, we are asking students to summarise their thinking at the end of each week, then I can summarise the summaries!

The work starts here: #fluscenario 2013

18 Sep

In 2012, the University of Dundee Medical School ran a successful series of teaching scenarios through Twitter, using the hashtag #fluscenario.

This year we plan to repeat the process, and to encourage students and tutors from other universities to get involved if they wish to do so.


New scenarios will be posted on

Tuesday the 5th November (11am)

Tuesday the 12th November (11am)

Monday the 18th November (11am)

Monday the 25th November (11am)

More details will be posted nearer the time!

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.