Using Multi-media Technology to Facilitate the Learning of Physical Therapy Documentation: Maximizing Engagement or Entertaining Diversion?
Abstract: Teaching entry level physical therapy students to document patient care is challenging due to the tedious nature of this task. Multi-media technology is often used to spark interest during traditionally mundane learning experiences. Whether the approach produces meaningful learning or is simply an entertaining diversion is questioned. This presentation will summarize how an academic physical therapy program has assessed the effect of multi-media on learning of medical documentation. In this course, multi-media, popular culture video and audio clips are used to introduce and reinforce course concepts in a manner meant to maximize student engagement. Measures of perceived learning indicate that students consider this to be an effective method of presenting course material which improves their mastery of the information. Performance based measures suggest that since integrating this format into the curriculum, students are able to better apply principles of medical documentation.