Make it 3D!: A New Online Paradigm for Continuing Professional Development of Clinical Instructors
Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 3
Abstract: The purpose of this presentation was to discuss a new paradigm for continuing education of clinical instructors by introducing the Constructivist Tri-Dimensional (CTD) model for the design of an online curriculum. Based on Problem Based Learning, Self-Regulated Learning, and Adult Learning Theory, the CTD model was designed to facilitate interactive, collaborative, and authentic learning. We conducted experimental research with twenty one physical therapy clinical instructors to explore how the participants perceived the usefulness of the online curriculum structured around the CTD model in improving their knowledge in student mentoring. Results showed that the CTD-inspired module was effective in that the participants perceived an improvement in the quality of their mentoring skills and they were able to maintain best practices. In this presentation, we will share our research design and results.