How Do You Teach Hands-on Skills In A Hybrid Environment?
Concurrent Session 9
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.
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emphasize hands-on skills – such as health education – have shied away from digital and hybrid learning, largely due to outdated perceptions that online learning consists solely of voice-over PowerPoints and text discussion boards that are not conducive to hands-on, human skills.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.