Teaching with Errordiary

We have found that the real world data collected through Errordiary provides a good basis for engaging exercises to teach students and train professionals. Below you can find details of some of the ways we have done this.

Human Error

We have used this data to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students about the theory of human error, and how some eminent researchers have proposed to categorise different types of error – usually in terms of their underlying psychological causes. Read more here.

Resilience Strategies

We have also used the data to introduce people to our research on resilience strategies. Within this work we run a fun exercise which mimics the exercise we carried out for our paper: “Cognitive Resilience: Can we use Twitter to make strategies more tangible?” The beauty of this is it gets people really engaged and thinking about the challenges and opportunities of analysing this data in this manner. The paper can be referenced to show how we validated out work. Read more here.

Qualitative Data Analysis

We have also used Errordiary data to give PhD students an introductory taste of thematic analysis. However, rather than drawing themes from a long piece of text we present them with different posts from Errordiary. This is similar to the exercise above but the focus is on the process of qualitative data analysis rather than resilience strategies. Read more here.

Patient Safety Education and Errordiary

Patient safety is an important and very broad area. Many useful resources are being developed and collated on the interweb. Here we outline three unique selling points for applying Errordiary to patient safety education. These are not proven, we’re still exploring the area, so we’d welcome feedback on what is of value, where focus should be, and how things could be improved. We’ve listed some useful resources at the bottom of… Read more here.

We know others use this material in their teaching and training. We’d love to showcase that here too so please get in touch!

There is room in the discussion forum for talking about these materials, teaching opportunities, challenges and issues.