One of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been a widespread global shutdown of university campuses. Educators from every discipline have been tasked with undertaking an unprecedented wholesale reorganisation of teaching, learning and assessment activities from face to face to online delivery in a matter of days often whilst continuing to deliver their programmes. The practical nature of many of the learning outcomes and high contact hours of physiotherapy programmes provide additional challenges for educators to negotiate.
Two of our founding beliefs at In Beta are the benefits of collaboration between peers, and the power of digital technology to enable sharing of knowledge and experiences. It seemed sensible to try and facilitate sharing of existing knowledge and resources, to reduce, in any way we can, the workload for educators negotiating this pedagogical shift as they support their students and families in these extraordinary times
As always, the idea is to enable collaboration. Please consider lending your own resources, knowledge and experience to your colleagues through one of the initiatives below.
Ben and Michael
Sharing existing online teaching resources
As physio courses look to move their teaching online in response to Covid-19, let’s not reinvent the wheel, but instead make use of the great existing online content already out there.
We have set up a Google Drive for useful resources that can be shared for others to use. The drive can be added to by anyone. Please consider sharing any papers or resources relevant to online learning in a physiotherapy context here. Within the drive are three Google docs which are open to editing:
The first Google Doc has links to existing online resources such as eLearning packages, recorded lectures, TED talks, podcasts. Please add links to this document to absolutely any existing, openly accessible, online learning resources that may be useful for physio educators moving their teaching online. This is about content that lecturers may find useful for teaching.
The second Google Doc has links to videos of practical clinical skills and patient case studies which could be used as part of learning activities to develop clinical skills and reasoning. Please add links to this document to existing, publicly accessible videos which you use in your teaching which may be useful for demonstration of practical skills or online case study discussions. This is specifically about videos of patients/simulated patients that might be useful for clinical skill instruction or patient case studies.
A third Google Doc has links to resources for physio educators who are being asked to move their teaching and assessment online but who have little experience in this domain. Please add links to resources that may help educators new to online teaching and learning. This is less about suggesting specific platforms for use and more about how to change our thinking around teaching, learning and assessment. This is about how to think differently about the practice of teaching and learning online.
The following Zoom conference calls are open to any physiotherapy or related educators who wish to join the conversation. The idea is for participants to share their ideas, knowledge and experiences on the topic. If you have particular expertise and would like some dedicated time to share this please let us know at the start.
27th March 10:00 – 11:00 UK time – Teaching practical skills online
A discussion and opportunity to share experiences and ideas about how to teach practical skills online for physiotherapy educators moving teaching online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please share any relevant articles or resources in the dedicated Google drive for this discussion
Thanks to everyone who took part. You can find a podcast of the conversation audio on our podcast pages, or the video of the discussion is available here:
7th April 20:00 – 21:00 UK time -Assessing practical skills online
A discussion and opportunity to share experiences and ideas about how to assess practical skills online for physiotherapy educators moving assessment online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please share any relevant articles or resources in the dedicated Google drive for this discussion
Thanks to everyone who took part. The video of the discussion is available here:
More dates and topics TBC