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>The Best New Social LMS : TOPYX

Posted by drneelesh on January 9, 2011

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Social LMS is the new buzz-word in eLearning. Everyones wants an elearning platform which allows social features like connecting, forming interest groups and building communities.
Such features are not well defined in the earlier breed of LMS like Blackboard or Moodle.What it needs is an affordable, fully-hosted social learning management system (social LMS) eLearning software as a service (SaaS) solution with integrated, innovative social learning resources that meet the needs of today’s learners.
TOPYX is a revolutionary eLearning 2.0 platform that ingeniously integrates learning content, assignment tracking facilities and social learning. Using the most advanced technology, TOPYX brings the best interactive software together into a single platform—giving educators, trainers and learners the ultimate resource for all their knowledge-sharing needs.
TOPYX is already used by many corporates, including Johnson and Johnson. It is 100% web based and works within the browser, so no need to download anything! It is fully integrated with community building features and single user sig-on. Also, Social networking plug-in compatibility (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) gives it the edge over many other similar LMSs.
It is provided as a service, so you don’t need to dirty your hands with complicated coding. Just pay and start using! Its customizable, so easy to add branding! It lets you embed multimedia in a variety of formats. It has already been voted as eLearning – Best of 2010 winner.It is used by a number of corporate houses from different verticals and has proved itself adaptable for all kinds of niche needs.
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>Exchange Data Between Smartphones with Free Bump App.

Posted by drneelesh on January 6, 2011

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Smartphones have almost become ubiquitous amongst the physicians and other healthcare providers. They all work within a small niche and often need to pass data/information between themselves. Now a free application called Bump lets individuals using smartphones ( whether iPhones or Android phones) easily share contacts and links to Facebook too!

Setting up Bump :
1) Make sure that the person you want to connect with is in your address book, and that you both have the latest version of Bump installed on your devices.
2) Fill out your email address and/or phone number, and have your friends do the same. This information will help Bump identify who you want to connect with. 
3) Select ‘Yes’ when Bump asks permission to have access to your address book.
4) If you are friends on Facebook, you and your friends can sign into your accounts within Bump which will also help in the matching process.
Once this is done Bump will generate a list of people that you will be able to instantly connect with simply by clicking the green check mark next to their names, and voilà! You’re connected and able to send all kinds of stuff back and forth for free.

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You can download the app here from the iTunes store.

Also see a whole list of other apps using the Bump API to bump-share songs, wine lists, play games and pay bills.

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>The Top 5 Health and Fitness Websites of 2010

Posted by drneelesh on December 13, 2010

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The Time magazine has recently published a list of Top 50 websites in 2010

The point to note in all the medical ( and also non-medical) websites is that almost all websites are directly benefitting the consumer. These are websites which add Value. Most of these websites allow you to use various tools, like Google Maps or online videos, to derive maximum benefits.
Also, all these websites allow creation of Communities. Thus these websites are good community portals, allowing visitors to connect with each other and thus learn more.
Below are the 5 websites from the Health and Fitness category:
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  • Keas : Founded by the former head of Google Health, Keas aims to provide tailored health programs for individual users by combining personal medical data with general health advice. Companies like Quest Diagnostics have teamed up with Keas to input personal data, like blood-test results, to the site.
  • Mayo Clinic : The renowned Mayo Clinic‘s website keeps its tips legitimate, combining ease of use with sound medical advice. The site offers an encyclopedic index of diseases and a symptom checker to see what that forehead pain could mean.
  • Exercise TV: On-demand cable channel Exercise TV allows you to get fit with only a laptop and some extra floor space. Every month, the channel’s site uploads more than 100 free workout videos. You can pay to download the clips or you can stream them online cost-free.
  • Fit by Fun : Fit by Fun animates your exercise with illustrated trainers, upbeat music and a community feel, giving you a list of “classmates” currently using the site. The fickle can adjust their workout scenery and sound track. Though many of its classes and services, like progress tracking, require a paid membership, some are free.
  • Walk Jog Run: Walk Jog Run utilizes Google Maps and community involvement to map out the best routes in your area. Just input your address and user-generated routes will appear, handily mapped out and measured by distance, speed and calories burned. 

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>Evolving use of Social Media in Healthcare Business

Posted by drneelesh on December 11, 2010

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A social network diagramI


Most businesses have discovered that word of mouth advertising and networking are two of the most successful ways to find new business or clients. Social media is simply a way to network and use word of mouth, online. Small and Medium size business, especially in healthcare,  are seeing the most benefits from use of social media.


Check this Hospital Social Network List by Ed Bennett comprising of all the hospitals in the US on Social Media.


The Presentation below has just been voted amongst the top 3 presentations of 2010 on Slideshare.
If you are not using social media strategies in your marketing plan, Now is the time to start.

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Exploring Virtual Worlds for Scenario-Based Repeated Team Training of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Medical Students

Posted by drneelesh on September 7, 2010

Exploring Virtual Worlds for Scenario-Based Repeated Team Training of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Medical Students: “Background: Contemporary learning technologies, such as massively multiplayer virtual worlds (MMVW), create new means for teaching and training. However, knowledge about the effectiveness of such training is incomplete, and there are no data regarding how students experience it. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a field within medicine in high demand for new and effective training modalities. Objective: In addition to finding a feasible way to implement CPR training, our aim was to investigate how a serious game setting in a virtual world using avatars would influence medical students’ subjective experiences as well as their retention of knowledge. Methods: An MMVW was refined and used in a study to train 12 medical students in CPR in 3-person teams in a repeated fashion 6 months apart. An exit questionnaire solicited reflections over their experiences. As the subjects trained in 4 CPR scenarios, measurements of self-efficacy, concentration, and mental strain were made in addition to measuring knowledge. Engagement modes and coping strategies were also studied. Parametric and nonparametric statistical analyses were carried out according to distribution of the data. Results: The majority of the subjects reported that they had enjoyed the training, had found it to be suitable, and had learned something new, although several asked for more difficult and complex scenarios as well as a richer virtual environment. The mean values for knowledge dropped during the 6 months from 8.0/10 to 6.25/10 (P = .002). Self-efficacy increased from before to after each of the two training sessions, from 5.9/7 to 6.5/7 (P = .01) after the first and from 6.0/7 to 6.7/7 (P = .03) after the second. The mean perceived concentration value increased from 54.2/100 to 66.6/100 (P = .006), and in general the mental strain was found to be low to moderate (mean = 2.6/10). Conclusions: Using scenario-based virtual world team training with avatars to train medical students in multi-person CPR was feasible and showed promising results. Although we found no evidence of stimulated recall of CPR procedures in our test-retest study, the subjects were enthusiastic and reported increased concentration during the training. We also found that subjects’ self-efficacy had increased after the training. Despite the need for further studies, these findings imply several possible uses of MMVW technology for future emergency medical training.

This is the abstract only. Read the full article on the JMIR site. JMIR is the leading open access journal for eHealth and healthcare in the Internet age.

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Access Dermatology – free multimedia educational site by Reuters

Posted by drneelesh on July 6, 2010

According to the website, Access Dermatology is a multimedia educational platform aimed at delivering continuing education to dermatology professionals that follows a yearly academic syllabus.





The Scientific Skills section includes:


– Webcasts of congress and other scientific meetings sessions

– Image Bank – a library of images on several disease areas with an alphabetical search engine


– Breaking News – drug development, diagnosis and treatment, congress highlights, symposia webcasts, keynote speaker interviews


– Core Papers – series of articles on disease, treatment and novel therapeutic approaches


– Clinical Trials – a guide to key clinical trials in dermatology


This is the link to the Advisory Board of the website. The project is sponsored by Prous Science S.A.U., a part of Thomson Reuters.


The access to most of the resources requires free registration.


References:
Breaking news
Clinical Trials
Congress Reports

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New Tools for Educators in Second Life

Posted by drneelesh on July 2, 2010

Over 5000 educators use Second Life to teach including Harvard Law professors Charlie and Becca Nesson.  The new viewer promises to draw more teachers to the fold as virtual life is a lot easier for newbies and inworld tools are a whole lot more collaborative.

What new tools for educators are breathing life into Second Life?

HTML on a Prim

In Second Life, sharing websites has been slightly cumbersome.  In the old-old days, the only way to do it was to open a browser outside the SL platform.  While not terribly taxing, it was a pain for students to toggle back and forth.

Those days are long gone, and improvements and upgrades allowed you to set a parcel to a specific web page for viewing, but NOW you can actually WRITE ON the prim, click it, use YouTube, search for images, Google, check email, or even edit a collaborative wiki.

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This is an uber cool feature for teachers because it allows them to use a wiki as a live chalkboard.  While students will have to refresh their views to see updates, they won’t have to leave Second Life to do it.  Sweeeet.

Easy Peasy Menu

In the old viewer, the infamous pie wheel appeared when you right-clicked on yourself.  Now, life is not so complicated.  There is a menu bar on the right side that hosts all of the options you will need as a new or advanced user.

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This is truly helpful to teachers because most of the initial class time spent in world was devoted to trying to show students how to find things like their inventory (hair is really important in creating your second self!).  Everything a new resident needs is on this new side menu.

People Locator

One of the fair criticisms of Second Life is that there is never anybody in it.  That isn’t actually true, since 65,000 users are always logged in and millions of people have accounts.  The problem is, like in real life, people are scattered and pockets of people are hard to find.  It isn’t any different than real life; if you were to go to a bank at 3AM, you would hope to find it empty.

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Since Second Life is a 24 hour operation with people from every corner of the earth, there is a great chance you are logged in at a time when other folks are sleeping.  The new people locator helps you find the hot spot pockets of people.  If you want to send your students to do a survey or to observe avatar behavior, they can simply click on the people finder and teleport to the nearest cluster of people.

Easy Talk

The new viewer includes a much easier way to use the voice system.  Now there is one simple button to push, and you are able to chat away with your students.  The old menu wasn’t hard, but it was a bit cumbersome and not at all intuitive.  This one-button approach will help students get connected instantly.

Educators in Second Life

Educators will love the new Second Life viewer because it is easier to use and more functional.  Less time will be spent showing students how to wear shoes, and more time can be spent working in groups on collaborative content.

Lots of seasoned SL bloggers have been discussing the new viewer, and experienced users have mixed emotions about the new look and feel of it.  How do you feel about the new viewer?  Do you think it will be easier for educators to use, or should Linden Lab tweak it a bit before it goes out of Beta?

Image credit: Daniel Voyager
From- MakeUseOf.com

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>Best Practices in Maintaining Blogs

Posted by drneelesh on July 2, 2010

> I am a regular reader at ProBlogger and love the tips i get there.See the presentation below to get an overview of best blogging practices in a nutshell. 

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Asia Now Fastest-Growing Region for Twitter, India at Number 4 in Asia

Posted by drneelesh on July 2, 2010

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Asia Now First, Fastest-Growing Region for Twitter: “- Via ReadWriteWeb.com

According to a new study by Semiocast, Asia is now the region that produces the most Twitter posts, surpassing North America, which declined 7% in the last three months. Asia rose 5.5% in the same time period, to 37%. It is also the fastest-growing region in terms of Twitter use.The U.S. is still number one in terms of countries, with 25% of Twitter messages, down from 30% in March. But the second and third positions belong to Japan and Indonesia with 18% and 12% respectively. Indonesia knocked Brazil out of third position.
South Korea enters the top 10 at the 7th position. More than 2% of messages are sent from South Korea, up from 1% three months ago. India, the fourth Twitter nation in Asia, represents less than 1% of messages. The Paris-based real-time web data service surveyed 2.9 million messages on one day, June 22.

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It gets interesting for us in India.

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>Animated Explanations – The Heart and Blood Flow

Posted by drneelesh on June 27, 2010

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This interactive infographic explains the anatomy and function of the human heart. Find out how the blood flows through the different chambers and valves, and visualize the blood flow using the scroll bar.

Be patient . It might take a minute or so for the animation to load.

http://www.animatedexplanations.com/player.aspx?MovieID=342
The Human Heart Animated Explanations

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