Event Title

Utilizing a wiki to promote evidence-based practice and collaborative learning between physical therapist students, clinical instructors and academic faculty in a doctor of physical therapy program

Presenter(s)

E. Lonnemann
T. Noteboom

Location

Melnick

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

16-1-2010 11:00 AM

End Date

16-1-2010 11:30 AM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This presentation describes the development of two fully editable websites or “wikis,” for use in a doctor of physical therapy program. The focus of these Wikis is student summative learning and potential collaboration with the clinical physical therapy community, facilitating the communal acquisition of knowledge rather than that of the individual learner.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to 1) describe a rubric for a course assignment utilizing an internal Wiki in two physical therapy courses. 2) provide a forum that connects academic programs and clinical faculty, and 3) discuss the use of web-based interactive communication for professional development with emphasis on evidence-based practice (EBP).

METHODOLOGY: Description A rubric was created for wiki page development in two courses at two universities: Musculoskeletal Management, and Pathophysiology of Complex Patient Problems. Requirements included: description of the disorder, clinical presentation, diagnostic tests, medical/physical therapy management, and references including links to current best evidence and multimedia. Clinical instructors (CI’s) will be invited to review student submissions, edit pages and add clinical case reports or descriptions.

RESULTS: Summary of Use: The APTA Education Strategic Plan (2006-2020) promotes physical therapist (PT) continued professional competence and clinical application of EBP guidelines. The model presented describes an effective strategy to provide: 1) student practice in reviewing and disseminating professional literature related to current EBP guidelines; 2) an interactive forum between CI’s and students for collaborative learning; 3) an ongoing forum to present contemporary clinical practice standards and expectations; 4) student exposure to nationwide clinical practice; and 5) academic appreciation to CI’s for contributions to the training of future clinicians.

CONCLUSIONS: Key Words: wiki, collaborative learning, clinical instructors, evidence based practice

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Utilizing a wiki to promote evidence-based practice and collaborative learning between physical therapist students, clinical instructors and academic faculty in a doctor of physical therapy program

Melnick

INTRODUCTION: This presentation describes the development of two fully editable websites or “wikis,” for use in a doctor of physical therapy program. The focus of these Wikis is student summative learning and potential collaboration with the clinical physical therapy community, facilitating the communal acquisition of knowledge rather than that of the individual learner.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to 1) describe a rubric for a course assignment utilizing an internal Wiki in two physical therapy courses. 2) provide a forum that connects academic programs and clinical faculty, and 3) discuss the use of web-based interactive communication for professional development with emphasis on evidence-based practice (EBP).

METHODOLOGY: Description A rubric was created for wiki page development in two courses at two universities: Musculoskeletal Management, and Pathophysiology of Complex Patient Problems. Requirements included: description of the disorder, clinical presentation, diagnostic tests, medical/physical therapy management, and references including links to current best evidence and multimedia. Clinical instructors (CI’s) will be invited to review student submissions, edit pages and add clinical case reports or descriptions.

RESULTS: Summary of Use: The APTA Education Strategic Plan (2006-2020) promotes physical therapist (PT) continued professional competence and clinical application of EBP guidelines. The model presented describes an effective strategy to provide: 1) student practice in reviewing and disseminating professional literature related to current EBP guidelines; 2) an interactive forum between CI’s and students for collaborative learning; 3) an ongoing forum to present contemporary clinical practice standards and expectations; 4) student exposure to nationwide clinical practice; and 5) academic appreciation to CI’s for contributions to the training of future clinicians.

CONCLUSIONS: Key Words: wiki, collaborative learning, clinical instructors, evidence based practice