Okay I have just found out I now have two flickr accounts, not sure how that happened, no idea on how to link the photos onto the blog, no instructions were on the tute sheet, at times IT is so frustrating!
Ethical issues that may arise from using images captured, stored and distributed using IT; you need informed concern if there is a person in these images and the images need to be of a standard that any parent may want to show their young child.
Images can be used in OT as a teaching tool, to be able to show a client how a change in performing an occupation may benefit them, how to do the new requirement and images can also show that a client isn't the only one going through what experiencing and so put them at rest
Digital images are stored within the computer hard drive, very convenient until that hard drive dies.
So to make sure that precious memories are not lost it is wise to have another copy, possibly on a disc or external hard drive even may be getting them printed off and stored in an album. I must admit than I look at the photos I have that are in album more that the ones I have stored on my desk top computer. Now I need to upload some pictures, wish me luck...
"A new technology is rarely superior to an old one in every feature" hmm... Not too sure I agree or disagree with this statement. How many of us have to replace a cell phone after it 'just' comes out of warranty?
New is flasher, prettier, lighter in weight, faster, more complex to learn. Where as with an older piece of equipment the operation is well known, the machine is 'worn in' and quite possibly even still not all options are used. Take the example of a sewing machine I purchased when I first started working, my first big purchased, an old Bernina which I traded in for a new model when my children were little, so I could sew stretch fabric, but the machine turned out to be of lesser quality so I ended up trading it in again on an older model and buying an over-locker.
On both my fieldwork placements last year IT was mainly as a data storage and sharing medium, which was quite heavily guarded. In my first placement a health in aging ward I only used the computer for ordering equipment and I was still watched by my supervisor. I was fine with this as I surely did not want to stumble onto something I shouldn't be viewing. In my second placement in a special needs school, the only IT I got to use was the computer used for educational programs for the children.
Within OT practice I think that IT is quite usable as a practice tool, if videoing is needed then consent is needed by the participant, and can be used to educate and 'socialize' people that may not be able to get out into society comfortably. Below is a link to a blog that sums it great.
Ethical implications of captured images and information - everything that has been mentioned in tute 1, (yes I'm still on tute 1) acknowledgment of intellectual property, social justice and informed consent seem like really good places to me. If consideration for other peoples situation is taken into account then there shouldn't any problems.
I have always tried to get my children to think of the other persons point of view asking them "how would you feel in the situation"? I think we all need to ask ourselves that question form time to time when we are able to create something with other peoples information, images etc.
Informed Consent - Merriam-Webster online dictionary has a medical point of view on this by stating that it's a consent to surgery form. I ask is it really just that any more?
I suggest that in today's age informed consent needs to have broader spectrum, with the advent of privacy laws we need to make sure that what ever we ask of other people, be it on a professional level or personal level we need to make sure that whom ever we are asking to comply with our wishes that they fully understand what it is we are asking and what we are asking of them. There is nothing worse that realizing after the fact that we didn't comprehend what was being asked of us.
This is even of more importance with Information Technology (IT), as we practice our growing Occupational Therapy (OT) knowledge we need to consider who we deal with, they need to have a knowing, an assumption if you will, that we have their best interests at heart and would never knowing put them in a position of feeling used, treated poorly, taken for as just a number - that would not be socially just-able.
Social Justice - what does that mean? Lets break it down, in my Collins New English Dictionary (2001) social means a community, relating to human society and justice means the quality of being just, administration by law prescribing to accepted principles. So one could take it that social justice is the prescribing of principles to human society..?
Last year in a paper Concepts in Health I learnt that social justice was mainly recognition and redistribution, meaning that societies wealth (what ever is of importance) should be redistributed. I also learnt that well before my time Aristotle said "Treat the equal equally, and treat the unequal unequally". That doesn't seem fair at first does it? But looking deeper into it as regards to the disadvantaged (the unequal) we really do need to treat the unequally unequally to have any justice in society, for if we continue to treat the disadvantaged with the same expectations we have of the advantaged it would be like continuing to place them at the end of life's ques, they would always feel dumped on.
Collins new english dictionary (2001, 2nd ed.) HarperCollins Publishers 1997
Intellectual property is an idea, invention or process that derives from the work of the mind or intellect, (Merriam-Webster, 2011). This property can be registered to protect ones thoughts and work. Something I should have thought about when a work colleague & I created systems for the work place a few years back. Meaning that becasue it was work related we shouldn't have put so much of our own thoughts into creating the system we thought would work the best but, then only we knew what wwould have been the best process,, so it would have defleated the purpose really. Interestingly the first registration was made in 1845
Merriam-Webster (2011) on line dictonary, retrieved March 23, 2011
For our tutorials we have questions to comment on. I finally found my misplaced tute questions today and now need to play catch up.
I need to comment on this form of technology and prevalent it is in our society;
The note I have found on tutorial 1 page is "as a mature student I struggle with this forum at this stage, as I don't really like the idea of my personal ramblings being out in the world wide web for anyone and everyone to see". I am comfortable with using technology to some degree, as most of the features available on the items I use, I either don't know about or don't use as I have other systems in place that I have used for a longer period of time.
What may limit my use of items? Is the time it takes for me to learn the use of such options and a lack of patience! I do worry that I will break the device.
How prevalent is the use in our society? Well, back in the day... :) true, when I was at high school the teacher in my typing class was the only person to use the new school computer and it was for school use only. In the early 90's as preschoolers my children were lucky enough to have a computer at home - how times have changed!