#FOAMed principles are being employed to deliver lifelong learning and enhance community awareness of dyslexia using social media platforms to design, deliver and share medical education resources. Following a webinar for dyslexia in medical and graduate education hosted by Dyslexic Advantage, attendee Dr Chris Ford decided to start a website and medical community designed specifically to assist dyslexic medical professionals.
I discovered my dyslexia during my third year of medical education. In doing so, I searched for resources to help facilitate learning, and came up with nothing. This was the impetus for creating a database of information for other students and lifelong learners such as myself. By using medical videos, podcasts , and techniques I saw a vast improvement in my grades as well as STEP examinations.
Dyslexia reflects broad-based differences in brain wiring. There are challenges in reading, writing, spelling and grammar as well as problems with attention, and working memory.
The FOAM resources being produced globally provide positive alternative learning strategies for learners with dyslexia as they overcome difficulties with sequencing and procedural learning. Potentially FOAM is assisting in education provision through the 140 character Tweets with short bursts of didactic learning; through vodcasts, podcasts and through procedural videos.
Great work World
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