How Do You Teach Hands-on Skills In A Hybrid Environment?

Concurrent Session 9

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The proliferation of distance education programs in physical therapy require creativity in instructional design and delivery.  In an age where adult learners desire work-life balance during the pursuit of college degrees, hybrid education models may be used to leverage technology and optimize face to face time educators to provide broader access and engagement in adults wherever they are.  This session will present research from the past and new ideas for the future within physical therapy education.  Educators will learn how to change up the traditional voice-over PowerPoints and discussion boards to the use of new technologies to blend the best of traditional and emerging hybrid instructional methods to teach hands-on skills. 

 

Presenters

Kerry comes from a strategically diverse background with experience in patient care, teaching, technology, and team leadership. As an entrepreneur, she owned a successful rehabilitation staffing agency for 20+ years that served patients in the greater Cleveland area. Kerry served as an associate professor at the University of Findlay (2001-18) and taught orthopedics, therapeutic exercise, and documentation. Most recently, she accepted the role of Program Director at Hanover College and is working collaboratively to build a hybrid DPT program that uses technology and innovative instructional methods new to physical therapy education. She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Ohio and healthcare MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. Kerry completed her Doctor of Science in degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Being a life-long learner, she is in the process of completing her Doctor of Education degree. Her research interests include online teaching and learning; specifically, the exploration of how to teach “hands-on” skills in an online environment. She was awarded the accomplished graduate award from Bowling Green State University, The Medical College of Ohio and The University of Toledo. Kerry has lectured on numerous topics on a national level and local level as an invited speaker and an industry expert.

Additional Authors

Dr. Gagnon serves as the Director of Student Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor in Baylor University’s hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, one of the first DPT programs in the nation with an accelerated, hybrid curriculum. As Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Gagnon is responsible for uncovering novel solutions for humanizing online learning, keeping students connected, and providing student support in both virtual and face to face settings. She has played a key role in development of Evidence in Motion’s post-professional Hybrid Learning Certification (HLC), and serves as Co-Director of the program, working with experienced and novice health care educators to develop teaching expertise in hybrid and online learning environments.

Extended Abstract

The proliferation of distance education programs in all disciplines require creativity in instructional design and delivery.  In an age where adult learners desire work-life balance during the pursuit of college degrees, hybrid education models may be used to leverage technology and optimize face to face time educators to provide broader access and engagement in adults wherever they are. Many programs that emphasize hands-on skills – such as health education – have shied away from digital and hybrid learning, largely due to outdated perceptions that online learning consists solely of voice-over PowerPoints and text discussion boards that are not conducive to hands-on, human skills. This session will present a hybrid curricular model, built from the ground up, using innovative strategies to support students learning hands-on skills.  At the end of the session, the learner will discuss research that supports the use of hybrid learning to teach “hands on skills”, identify opportunities and challenges when teaching hands-on skills in a hybrid environment, and share strategies for leveraging technology to meet the needs of adult learners in a variety of educational programs. 

A brief “lecturette” will identify and describe the levels and progression of skill acquisition when learning “hands-on” skills.  Evidence will help support hybrid learning instructional methods in a variety of industries (healthcare, education, industry).  The presenters will share examples of hybrid learning used in their courses.  Small group discussion and reflection will engage audience members to share examples of their unique teaching strategies.  The session will conclude with interactive question/answers using polling software to stimulate more conversation and food for thought.  Copies of the lecturette materials and reference list will be posted on the conference website as a resource for participants.