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Educational and Instructional Technology
This paper focuses on the use of game-based technology to effectively choose, prescribe, and safely use equipment, which are vital occupational therapy skills. A three-hour workshop was designed for 42 second year British occupational therapy students across two cohorts. The goal was for students to try out a variety of equipment ranging from small household and kitchen aids to elevating chairs and hoisting equipment. Students used the game-based technology during a class to encourage their engagement with practical aspects of equipment use and fitting. A short, optional survey indicated use of the game-based technology resulted in extremely high student engagement and faculty grading identified previously unnoticed student errors in the learning activity. After this workshop, students could enter practice with critical confidence rather than relying on fieldwork placements to provide adaptive equipment use skills.
Terri Grant, MSc is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Worcester. Relatively new to teaching after a 19-year career in the NHS, many of which were spent specialising in Stroke Rehabilitation, Terri has taken on the challenge with enthusiasm. Terri is committed to providing high-quality student experiences which will be remembered as fun as well as informative. She seeks to do this by blending real practice situations with engaging & competitive learning activities.
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Grant, T. (2019). Using Technology Enhanced Learning to Promote the Acquisition of Practical Skills in Occupational Therapy. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2019.030212
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