Critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession.
Author: Mike Pascoe
Dr. Mike Pascoe recently joined the faculty of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as a senior instructor of clinical anatomy. He is a closet voice-over specialist and a prolific social media contributor.
#CSM2013 is here! PT Think Tank and it’s contributors are all in attendance. We plan to provide highlights, quick summaries of sessions, and other insights right here on PT Think Tank as well as through the conference hashtag #CSM2013. If you are tweeting do not forget about the other hashtags curated and discussed in the #Physicaltherapy Hash Tag Project 2.0 . Not attending? Follow the hashtags at home and join the conversation.
CSM 2013 is quickly approaching, is your itinerary planned? (I know you’ve been networking before the conference)
Here in time to help is the APTA CSM 2013 App. Basically, the app contains most of the information about the schedule, speakers, exhibitors, venues, and San Diego you find be lugging around in the bulky paper directories you get at the registration table.
In lieu of yammering on more about the specific features, I recorded a quick demo of the app using my favorite app of 2012 – Reflector. Enjoy:
It was a huge success! How do you measure success? With these analytics of course, taken from the hour that the chat occurred:
66 twitter accounts participated
Most of these accounts were that of PT students of course, but we also saw PT faculty and PT programs participating.
486 tweets issued
This new hashtag stacks up well compared with other established PT hashtags, as illustrated by this fancy chart (note: the number on the chart is > 486 because this chart shows total tweets for the entire day):
389 tweets per hour, 7.36 tweets per participant
We expect to see these numbers jump once the word gets out about the tweetchat. A figure of 7.36 tweets per participant indicates that although there was a small group, they were all very engaged with one another.
155,083 impressions made
“Impressions” is a metric for how many impressions a healthcare hashtag has made in users’ tweet streams. Symplur computes total impressions by taking the number of tweets per participant and multiplying it with the number of followers that participant currently has. This is done for all participants in this time period and then finally the numbers are added up.
Being atop the mentions column means your tweets were interesting enough for others to respond back to you, the tweets column explains itself, the impressions column shows the heavy hitters whose tweets were viewed by the massive number of followers they have.
The topic of the first DPTStudent tweetchat was “Why PT?”. It was a great discussion, one that we suggest you relive by looking at the chat transcript.:
Tweetchats are a great forum to connect users with a common interest. #DPTStudent is bringing PT students from across the country together the exchange thoughts and ideas in a meaningful way. This is just another example of the power the PT profession can leverage by using emerging media. Let’s keep an eye on this and see how big it can get.
The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT <- say it, it’s fun!) will be happening very soon (Oct 1-5) in Quebec City, Canada. Specific details on the Conference Website.
The conference will showcase some of the most up-to-date information by the leaders in manual therapy. It is an opportunity not to be missed. You may not be able to attend, but fortunately the 21st century offers many ways for you to learn and to engage with those attending:
Live-blogging is live coverage of an event as it happens. The correspondent sitting in the lecture hall can share quotes from the speaker, links to relevant websites, photos, and more. The service we will use is called CoverItLive. You can check out their current event listings and view a live event right now to get a flavor of what this is like. You can also scroll through a transcript of the coverage of an event after it has concluded, here is an example from CSM2012. The best part of watching a live blogged session is your ability to contribute to the discussion remotely!
PTTT contributor Mike Pascoe had a successful pilot experience live-blogging five sessions from CSM2012 and is ready to step up his game for IFOMPT2012! We have dedicated a special page of PT Think Tank to IFOMPT Live Coverage. Mike Pascoe will be live-blogging all day, every day! Head over to the page and look at the sessions Mike Pascoe is planning on live-blogging. You can even sign up to receive email reminders a specified amount of time ahead of the event:
The following video was posted by PBS yesterday. Turn up the volume, click play, and enjoy:
Amazing. This video struck a nerve with me instantaneously. I was a young boy at the peak of popularity of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in the late 1980s and my grandparents allowed me to watch the show just about every time we stayed with them. Although I was entertained by the characters at that time, watching this remixed video now gives a deeper appreciation of the lessons taught by that great educator Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003).
These are those lessons:
You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.
It is good to be curious about many things.
Every person you see is someone different from every other person in the world.
There are so many people that can help us learn in this world.
Did you ever think of all the many things you can do?
All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.
You should have noticed that Mister Rogers’ voice sounds different in the video compared with what you remember from a kid. That is because the audio has been remixed using an “auto-tuned” style. I am so impressed that an aging network like PBS is reinventing itself by remixing and breathing new life into this iconic shows. Make sure you subscribe to their new pbsdigitalstudios YouTube channel to see what they roll out with next!
What other lessons did you hear in the video? @mpascoe
P.S. – Here is another video of Fred Rogers (1997) giving the best award acceptance speech in the history of mankind – http://youtu.be/Upm9LnuCBUM
Being an educator of PTs, I always look forward to the Pauline Cerasoli Lecture. I had planned to relay the action through live blogging, but lack of free WiFi or 3G coverage left me in the digital dark. I did manage to take several notes during the lecture, summarized below.
This year marked the 15th installation of the Cerasoli Lecture, which is now in memory of Pauline “Polly” Cerasoli (1939-2010). Polly Cerasoli was the director of my physical therapy program, a fact I and many of my colleagues are proud of. The lecture was given by Christine Baker, PT, EdD, a faculty member at the Univ of Texas Medical Branch.
Christine had two primary objectives of her lecture. She proudly listed them to begin her talk “as any good instructor would”:
Recognize benefits and challenges presented by technology
Appreciate current technology in the way it changes things
Having been in the game for many years, it was a treat to listen to Christine reflect back on the old workflows students, clinicians, and faculty members used to take care of daily tasks. Students went to class in a building, went to the library to do research, used card catalogues to locate papers, and typed out the bibliography citation by citation. Clinicians hand wrote charts and documentation. Faculty posted exam grades on a cork-board in the hallway, arranged by social security number to preserve anonymity. The ways we complete these tasks today have completely changed due to the introduction of new technologies. Although you could still read a summary of the lecture in Chicago on a printed page.
Christine then presented a wordle word cloud taken from what I believe was a document on educational technology (please keep in mind that you need to explain the source if you are going to use the ubiquitous wordle cloud). Key phrases that stood out included laptops, podcasts, and blogs; all new tools in this digital age. Those comfortable using these emerging digital tools fall into the category of digital “immigrant” or digital “native”. The digital immigrant speaks an outdated language and can be identified by their accent (e.g., I dialed a phone, I wrote an email). To connect effectively with the digital native, the immigrant must make an effort to adapt to the changing technological landscape.
I’d never though of this before, but Federal policies have actually facilitated digital literacy. Looking at the policy “A Nation at Risk” (1983), we find proficiency in computer science as a goal to be achieved by the completion of high school. You might be more familiar with George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” (2001), which stated that all 8th grade students have the ability to use computers to communicate with others. Digital literacy is becoming acquired at younger and younger ages. Christine actually knows of several kindergarten students presenting slide presentations to their classmates! Show-and-tell as we now it has changed.
What are the outcomes of this digital literacy? It seems that difference in student achievement between in-class lectures and online distance learning are shrinking. Students learn equally well in both formats. A review of the literature of technology use in the education of health care professionals shows that many tools are being utilized to facilitate learning, including:
Video modules for independent study of specific materials (Sanford et al 1996)
Hybrid/distance courses (English, 1998; Maring et al 2008; Bayliss & Wardon, 2011)
Web-based interactive tutorials (Perlman et al 2005)
Blogs (Goldman et al 2008)
Audience response systems (Wait et al 2009)
Computerized testing (Caudle et al 2011)
Podcasts and lecture recording (Allen & Katz 2011)
Christine did establish a mantra during her lecture “do not just use these toys, you need to know how to use them right.” Your students will not magically benefit from the fact you are using podcasts, you need to consider why you should use them and provide outcome measures to show how the students are benefitting from them. There are also intangible qualities of the education process that are hard to measure. It seems that students need to be part of a community to develop professional skills and would would argue that this can only comes from being in a classroom and socializing.
Christine offered some tips to faculty who choose to teach online:
Think about how to present material online
Do more than simply post PPT slides on the LMS (learning management system)
Consider how the materials will be consumed by the learners
Prepare the instructional environment, you are now the guy on the side instead of the guru in the front of the class
Monitor discussion boards, make yourself a presence in the course by providing feedback
Utilize departmental technology support
Consider establishing a distance education coordinator
Allow time to become familiar with technology before launching into content
Provide an orientation to the course and expectations
Christine also offered some tips from a student perspective in order to be successful learners online:
Be organized, carve out time, do not procrastinate
Participate, you will get out what they put into it
Be comfortable with technology, complete a technology readiness survey
Technology needs to be reliable, let faculty know when it isn’t
Utilize student support services
Christine also reviewed the types of interactions learners can expect to have in online courses:
Learner to content, occurs when the students reads and article or watches a podcast
Learner to learner, occurs during discussion forums, chats, study sessions over Skype
Learner to instructor, occurs when instructor provides feedback on assignments
Learning to interface, refers to the delivery of content, this often stressful to digital immigrants
Christine offered several benefits to computer-assisted instruction:
Students have more responsibility in participating and contributing information
Attracts student attention
Increases access to a variety of courses, scheduling ease
It is cost effective for the institution
Allows for the provision of immediate feedback
What about the PT clinic? Would you believe I have actually heard clinicians argue that they became PTs in order to avoid using technology? Guess what, technology is findings its way into the clinic. Computerized documentations through the use of EMR is the prime example. Several PT clinics also offer customized video clips of prescribed exercises for patients to take home and refer to. She mentioned the example of medical students using PDAs in the clinic to look up reference information. Christine encouraged those in the audience using technology to educate in the clinic to submit their studies to the Journal of PT Education.
Technology also has a role in EBP (evidence-based practice). New content delivery platforms are providing a myriad options for continuing education courses. No more travel to a distance facility (manual techniques are another story). Speaking of continuing education, technology can help clinicians stay on top of relevant literature by leveraging RSS feeds.
Christine then moved onto a summary of the ways technology has penetrated into physical therapy. Today’s PT student is expected to attend class, but can review video recordings of the class later. They also order their textbooks online (and in some cases download them) and pay their tuition online. Today’s physical therapist does not wear a white jacket with an APTA patch on the sleeve, use EMR for treatment documentation, attend continuing education online at their own pace and use RSS feeds to be alerted of new research. Today’s PT faculty use clickers to poll students and group sessions to facilitate problem solving, post grades online to LMS, use DVDs and YouTube to demonstrate techniques, email handouts, use smart boards for diagrams and save hundreds of article PDFs to flash drive.
Christine offered her visions of a future that will include electronic textbooks with rich media and embedded videos, social media use, and advents in tele-health for the delivery of health care especially for those in rural serving communities.
Christine energetically concluded her lecture by stating “I cannot wait to see what is ahead!”