Welcome to Meerkat Mobius, a forum for many-to-many problem-solving and mentoring. Being a health professions educator, specifically in the digital space, can be a lonely job. When given a forum to easily engage with and learn from one another, we can raise each other up and collectively accelerate personal and professional development.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to create an intellectual space for educators, who work with digital technologies, aspiring for iterative improvement in medical education. Our vision is that Meerkat Mobius will provide a robust, active, and engaged community of innovative individuals that will accelerate the advancement of medical education globally.

Meerkat Mobius exists because we believe this growth comes not only through connection and promotion of success but also fast and furious learning from our failures. We want to explore the incredible breadth of experience and wisdom together so that we can accelerate progress.

To that end, we value all voices regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, or creed. In fact, diversity and intersectionality of backgrounds broaden our individual perspective and enhance our ability to engage and empathize with each other. In this space, inclusivity and respect are fostered and expected.


Rules of Engagement

Introduce yourself.
Introduce yourself to others in the forum in the HELLO, My Name Is thread. This will help us get to know each other and foster a welcoming, positive learning environment.

Ask questions.
If you find something confusing or want to know more, do not hesitate to ask questions. Make sure to post these in the appropriate thread or create a new one if it doesn’t already exist.

Participate.
Try to avoid “hiding” in the background; it is not fair to lurk and let others do all the work. Contribute actively to discussions to gain as much as possible from the forum and to provide others with the opportunity to learn from your experiences.

Do not dominate a discussion.
Share your knowledge, but not to the point of excluding others. If you have something to offer, please share it, but allow everyone to contribute equally to a discussion. Avoid posting multiple, rapid-fire posts in a text-message-like format.

Maintain professionalism and intellectual rigor in your posts.
Challenge yourself and others to provide thoughtful, articulate input and commentary on topics discussed in the forum. Reread and check your posts to edit for clarity and mechanics. Where applicable and possible, we welcome literature and high-quality resources that support or enhance the discussion.

Be tactful.
Be critical of ideas, but remember there are other people involved. Make every attempt to give a respectful and kind response. Remain cognizant of the limitations imposed by online communication and the loss of subtleties of in-person communication that increase the likelihood of misunderstanding. Recall that behind every avatar is a human being who may not interpret a hastily typed post the way its writer intended.

Forgive others’ mistakes.
Just because you do not agree with a member’s post does not mean that they are wrong. Instead, offer a different or personal perspective to encourage further discussion.

Read the whole thread before posting.
Read all the posts in a thread before responding to avoid repeating what others have already said. Make every effort to contribute clarifying information or a new idea to a discussion or to amplify those voices which you believe would be helpful to others.

Be concise.
Make your point clearly and efficiently. Remain respectful of others’ time; avoid posting repetitive information or unnecessarily wordy posts without new content or perspectives.

Cite your sources.
If you use a source, please cite it properly. Give credit where credit is due and include links where appropriate and whenever possible.

Maintain confidentiality.
Respect each others’ privacy. Do not share personal information others may share. Along those lines, be mindful of what you post, as even the safest of internet spaces are not 100% private. Do not post patient information that would violate HIPPA or unprofessional content.

Report technical problems.
If you notice something in the platform is not working properly, please let us know as soon as possible by posting in the Support thread.

*Adapted from: https://ctl.wiley.com/sample-discussion-board-ground-rules/


FAQ

  • Q: I am new to discourse. Is there anything I need to know about how it works?
  • Q: Who can see what is posted here?
    • A: Only members of the Meerkat Mobius community can view or search for the content contained here. It is not available on search engines. Our goal is to create a space where members feel safe to ask tough questions and provide thoughtful insight and mentorship to others in the community.
  • Q: Who started Meerkat Mobius and what was the impetus behind it?
    • A: See our About section above.
  • Q: Who can join Meerkat Mobius?
    • A: Currently, membership to the Meerkat mob is limited to an invitation from medical educators within our community.
  • Q: What are the costs of membership?
    • A: There are different tiers of membership. Currently, a basic membership costs $3 per month and allows for reading threads and content. Founding membership costs $10 per month for preferred access and capabilities including creating threads.
  • Q: What kinds of things should I post on Meerkat Mobius?
    • A: There is no problem too big and no question too small for Meerkat Mobius. We encourage you to shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll end up among the stars!
  • Q: How do I adjust my email and notification settings?
    • A: Click on your avatar => Account => Preferences => Email or Notifications
  • Q: Does the Meerkat Mobius team ever have synchronous/live events?
    • A: Not yet, but we hope to. synchronous/live events have many ways of taking place, including, but not limited to web-conferencing, digital happy hours, Discord channels, or even ask-me-anything sessions. If you have ideas or suggestions for synchronous live events, please share them with the group here and we will try to make them a reality.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.