David J. Kupfer

Why Disseminate via the Web?

Posted on July 22, 2009

David J. Kupfer (bio) explains how web-based conference materials support trainees.

I think the first thing to realize is that not everybody learns or works the same way, number one. Number two, many of us don't have opportunities on a 9:00 to 5:00 to sit down either in a class or sit down even at a computer.

So much of the, it seems to me, learning opportunities, exchange of information, back and forth with your peers, being able to integrate learning, I think, has to come from the availability of a 24/7 system.

Furthermore, I would say, and particularly say in bipolar disorder, since survey after survey will show that many people are either extreme morning people or extreme evening people, that again doesn't work in the 9:00 to 5:00 schedule. Some of us learn best at, I certainly would learn best somewhere between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. I don't learn and absorb as much at other times of the day.

Having the availability of going online, and listening to wisdom, and even interacting and seeing systematically what may have been presented to me at other times in the 24-hour cycle, when I was not in the position to absorb it as well, is absolutely vital.

And so I think the notion of having things that are available that I have at my control, which may be what I call the "two minute drill" in terms of what you see with football teams having to score a touchdown in the last two minutes, versus the flexibility of saying, "Okay, I now have an hour or 45 minutes, and I can listen to this person's complete lecture," really needs to be left up to the person using the system.


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