Cerebral Palsy Course

Over 8 weeks in September and October 2016 Physiopedia, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, delivered it’s fifth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of Cerebral Palsy (CP). 14,010 participants formally registered for the Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy course, this represented 179 countries and 84% were physiotherapists.

The course was delivered in the new online learning platform Physiopedia Plus that has been specifically developed to deliver online education and professional development to Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists worldwide. The platform provides a personalised learning environment for the student that records all learning activities and achievements in an innovative learning dashboard. The learning activities including the books, quizzes, discussions and certificates are provided securely once a user has logged into the system. Every user also has the opportunity to record a reflective note on each learning activity, particularly important for countries where evidence of professional development is output based such as the UK.

To complete the course, participants had to complete 62 learning activities including 6 case study related activities, 6 quizzes and 12 contributions to the discussion forum. Over the 8 weeks of the course nearly 124,000 learning activities were logged by the system. To pass the course and receive a certificate of completion the participants were required to pass the final quiz with an 80% pass rate and submit an assignment that demonstrated their learning from the course. At the date of this report over 700 people had completed the course and downloaded their certificate.

by Rachel Lowe extracted from physiospot                   

Physical Activity and Exercise

The Physiotherapy, Exercise and Physical Activity Course was a huge success. The course was designed to help healthcare professionals to get up, get moving and tackle physical activity and sedentary lifestyles around the world.

As part of the assessment participants of the course submitted a case study and some excellent contributions were provided and demonstrates what amazing work and ideas are out there. Why don’t you check out some of the content created?

The first case study is all about how mental health can be positively effected by physical activity. More specifically how physical activity improves social, mood self-esteem and depression, positive changes which can all be passed on to the family.

This case study investigates how a 10 week physical activity programme can improve ‘the silent killer’ hypertension. It is always good to recap the basics when it comes to the important physiological effects of exercise.

Motivational Interviewing is perhaps something you aren’t used to but it is a technique which all therapists should employ. Seriously, have a look and tell us if you don’t agree!

If videos are more your thing then check out this Elevator Pitch. Pre-school sitting activities are on the rise. This is worrying when low literacy ability is associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Watch the video to find out how workshops can make a difference.

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Extracted from physiospot by Rachel Lowe