Using Slack to Facilitate Virtual Small Groups for Individualized Interactive Instruction.
AEM Educ Train
Individualized interactive instruction provides an opportunity for significant innovation and advances in curriculum design. We describe the development and implementation of virtual small group exercises into the curriculum of an emergency medicine residency training program using a free social media and communication platform (Slack). Two virtual small group exercises, one case-based and one open-ended, were trialed during the 2016 to 2017 academic year. We found that the exercises were feasible to implement in a learner group where 66% (41/62) had little or no prior experience with Slack. There was a trend toward a more favorable rating of the quality of the dialogue and of the task-technology fit for the case-based format as opposed to the open-ended educational activity.