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 and wholesale reorganisation of teaching, learning and assessment activities, moving from face-to-face to online delivery in a matter of days. The practical nature of many of the learning outcomes and high contact hours of physiotherapy programmes provide additional challenges for educators to negotiate.
This episode is the result of our observation that physio educators from around the world are expressing concerns about how we might, as a profession, deal with the very likely possibility of the pandemic affecting our ability to continue with the practical components of our courses. We thought that this discussion might be an opportunity for the global community to share experiences and ideas about how to teach practical skills remotely as we increasingly see physio educators moving their programmes online.
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 part of this we’re also trying to collect and share any relevant articles or resources in a dedicated folder in Google drive for this discussion.
In addition to the audio recording you can download the text chat here.