ERIC Number: EJ1179847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Psychomotor Skills, Physical Therapy, and a Hybrid Course: A Case Study
Lazinski, Melissa J.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v18 n4 p57-69 2017
This article describes a 1-credit hour laboratory course focused on psychomotor and affective objectives of performing surface palpation. It was part of the first-year curriculum of the Nova Southeastern University Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (HDPT). The course was converted to hybrid from an existing traditional course that met weekly. The redesigned hybrid course occurred in a 16-week semester with four face-to-face on-campus institutes. Four-day on-campus institutes took place throughout the semester at the end of every fourth week (Thursday through Sunday). The class met for a 3-hour face-to-face lab session at each on-campus institute for a total of 12 face-to-face instructional hours. Subjects were 123 first-year DPT students (71 females) from three successive cohorts spanning 2012-2014 (cohorts A, B, C respectively). Outcomes were analyzed including (1) student performance scores on practical skills assessments; (2) online engagement rates; and (3) student course evaluations. Performance scores and engagement rates were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Course evaluation rating scores were analyzed using descriptive statistics and comments were thematically analyzed. The outcomes of the study demonstrate a significant savings in face-to-face time with favorable learning outcomes and student satisfaction.
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Physical Therapy, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Laboratories, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Skill Development, Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Student Evaluation, Scores, Statistical Analysis, Course Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Student Satisfaction, Case Studies, Interaction, Online Surveys
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