Monday, 11 March 2013

A6: Learning with 'T's and '3D's: Embedding technology to improve self efficacy for undergraduate physiotherapists

Mel Lindley and Robin Gissing

Developing technology enhanced learning (TEL) within professional training programmes has been identified as a priority (JISC, 2004), providing an important role in the continuum of managed learning and the development of a safe, effective and more productive healthcare workforce (DH, 2011). Within technology enhanced learning, Tablet computing has been part of the New Media Consortium Horizon report in recent years, and this year is on '1 year' time to adoption (NMC, 2012). The impact of TEL on the development of clinical competence is well supported; however, there remains uncertainty as to the link between the acquisition of skills and the level of confidence of the practitioner.

This session will share how the Physiotherapy subject group at Sheffield Hallam University has approached developing and evaluating TEL resources when adopting a series of pedagogy led tablet based teaching.

In developing these new resources, staff have considered both conceptual gateways and the theory of experiential learning. Student feedback has been sought on key areas within the programme that, when not fully understood, act as barriers in the transference of theoretical concepts to clinical practice. Interactive tablet based content was subsequently designed, ranging from 3D and Augmented Reality to a variety of TedEd workbooks and mobile learning resources. These were then embedded within the Undergraduate Physiotherapy curriculum.

In order to assess the impact of these resources a cross-over trial was implemented to evaluate the development and application of theoretical knowledge and understanding to clinical practice. Student experience and perceived impact on preparedness for clinical practice and self-efficacy has also been evaluated.

All aspects of this work including teaching methods, resource development and the first stage of data collection will be discussed.

Department of Health (2011). A Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning. Available at:

Joint Information Systems Committee (2004) Effective Practice with e-Learning. Available at:

Nwe Media Consortium (2012) Horizon Report for Higher Education, Johnson, L., Adams, S., and Cummins, M., Austin, Texas

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