Can we effectively teach postgraduate physiotherapists online?

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Title Can we effectively teach postgraduate physiotherapists online?
Author Laakso, Liisa; Tuttle, Neil Alan; Constantinou, Maria
Publication Title Innovate and Educate Conference
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Clinical Education and Training Queensland, Queensland Government
Abstract In response to work-life imbalance, financial, workforce and demographic factors, modern clinical education has seen the development of distance education tools including podcasts, vodcasts, web-conferencing and electronic access to the literature. For allied health professionals such advances coincide with increasing pressures in our living environment – e.g., blurring of professional lines and changes in profession structures. In the light of these factors, what is our vision for postgraduate, discipline-specific education? Specifically, can we use e-Education strategies successfully to up-skill and retain workforce? We will use an example of an Australian postgraduate physiotherapy program utilising blended learning principles (including intensive on-campus blocks and flexible delivery modes) to consider an alternative structure for postgraduate clinical learning. In self-reflection questionnaires of students and staff, we surveyed a range of indicators including perceptions of online education and competency development. We found that at the outset of the program whilst students agreed that electronic media can be useful tools for learning physiotherapy, students were not all agreed that an online course was an effective method for learning the principles of patient assessment and treatment. The results will demonstrate that this notion evolves with time and fluctuates with the multi-dimensional nature of not only postgraduate education but also flexible learning.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Conference name Innovate and Educate Conference
Location Brisbane Convention Centre
Date From 2010-03-11
Date To 2010-03-12
Date Accessioned 2011-02-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Musculoskeletal Research; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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