Infusion of Technology in the OTA Curriculum
to Facilitate Digital Literacy
The OTA program at Roane State has been a pioneer in the integration of technology into the classroom. Here are some examples of how the students in the OTA program have utilized mobile technology for various projects and learning experiences.
Program Use of Technology
Students are enrolled into the Student Information Area upon admittance to the OTA program. In this area students post an introduction and upload a photo of them. They become familiar with News, Content, Discussions, Classlist, Email, and Dropbox features of the learning management system prior to the start of classes.
This platform is used to provide synchronous instruction to on-campus and distance cohorts of OTA students. Students communicate in the virtual environment using a headset microphone and text chat. Lessons are recorded and uploaded into the course to enable students to review materials. Adobe Connect is also used to for virtual orientation, advising and meetings.
Student-Centered Use of Technology
OTA 102 – Introduction to Occupational Therapy
The capstone project for this introductory course is an informative 2 minute video about the practice of occupational therapy. Students work in small groups to create a video using Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. Selected video projects are uploaded to YouTube for viewing by the general public.
OTA 107 – Therapeutic Activities
“Glog” Digital Treatment Plan
One of the summative assessments for this first semester course is the creation of a treatment plan for a hypothetical client. Student teams use Glogster, a free web-based tool, to create an interactive digital poster depicting their treatment plan. “Glogs” are shared with peers and may be listed for public access.
OTA 110 – Theory and Treatment of Psychosocial Dysfunction
This assignment requires students to create a PowerPoint slide that contains an image that is personally meaningful to the student. The image is accompanied by a recorded narrative in the students’ voice which elaborates on the meaning and significance of the image. The assignment is modeled after PhotoVoice methodology traditionally associated with grassroots social action.
**Citations from PhotoVoice assignment: https://www.flickr.com/photos/16447874@N02/2213755013/ (Purple Door Photo) www.Живая Земля.ru (Large dog/Small cat photo)
OTA 117 – Neurological Theory and Treatment
Digital Learning Object
Students are tasked with creating a digital learning object for a neurological concept assigned by the instructor. Students are given the option of using Prezi or PowerPoint presentation tools but must record their learning objects with Screenr, a free web-based screen capture tool. Digital learning objects are transferred to the course Learning Object Repository (LOR).
OTA 210 – Theory and Treatment of Physical Disabilities
Diigo Social Bookmarking
Throughout the semester, students identify web-based resources relevant to course topics to share in the Diigo Social Bookmarking Group RSCC OTA 210. At the end of the semester, students submit a 1-2 page reflection paper that evaluates the effectiveness of the tool for creating a shared repository for use in clinical practice.
OTA 212 – Practice Management
Marketing Assignment – Weebly Web Page
Each student identifies a target audience and develops a web page to inform potential consumers of the unique benefits of occupational therapy. Web pages are created with and hosted by Weebly, a free web-based resource. Web pages are showcased during a synchronous class meeting in this hybrid course.
OTA 216 – Pediatric Theory and Practice
iPad App Project
Students develop a treatment plan for a child that consists of a problem, a short-term goal, and three therapeutic activities. One of the three activities must be an iPad app. Students are challenged to use activity analysis and critical thinking skills to evaluate the benefits and limitations of the chosen app.