Foundational Documents and Upcoming Workshops – February 22, 2019

Welcome to our second communication update for our renewed curriculum.

This communication draws attention to two key documents that are informing the curriculum renewal process and ultimately helping us achieve our MScPT vision: To develop highly skilled and competent physical therapy practitioners.  To this end, we also wanted to invite you to 2 upcoming workshops that might be of interest to you. 

The first key document informing our curriculum renewal process is the Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada.  This foundational document describes the essential competencies required of a physiotherapist in Canada throughout their career.  The development of this document was led by the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG) which includes participation by the Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (CCPUP), Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC), the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).  The Competency Profile has seven domains of physiotherapy practice.  Each domain has essential competencies and entry-to-practice milestones.  These milestones are abilities that are expected of all entry-to-practice physiotherapists.  We have developed an easy one-page reference document for the profile that you can view by clicking on the image below.

The second document is our one-page reference to the three foundational pillars that we introduced in the online presentation about the new MScPT curriculum.  These three pillars: Critical Thinking, Inquiry Mindset and Professionalism, will be intentionally integrated in our curriculum design from the development of a course or a single lecture, to small group cases, to site visits and clinical internships.  These pillars will underpin everything that we do.  Click on the image below for more details. 

Lastly, we will be holding two faculty development workshops in the next couple of months to support our efforts in developing a coherent curriculum that is consistent with our teaching and learning philosophy.  Although these workshops are specifically about course design, all who are interested are welcome to attend.

Principles of Backwards Course Design – Thursday April 18, 2019 from 1:30-3:30, Room 841

Student learning is a top priority for most faculty, yet we often find ourselves caught up in the day-to-day demands of teaching rather than focused on this ultimate goal. What happens when we create courses based on where we want to end up—with the emphasis on student success and learning? Specifically targeted to faculty teaching in the MScPT program, this workshop explores how you can make backwards course design work in your courses. We will focus on key principles that will integrate the three curriculum pillars of critical thinking, inquiry mindset, and professionalism into your course goals, outcomes, and assessments. Using your own upcoming courses, participants will first explore some of the theory around backwards course design and then put that theory into practice using concrete strategies that will help students achieve course goals and curriculum benchmarks.  Workshop participants should come prepared to work on an upcoming course that they are in the process of designing or re-designing. Please register by April 11, 2019 by accessing this link.

Principles of Effective Assessment Design – Thursday May 16, 2019 from 1:30-3:30, Room 841

Creating course assessments to measure content mastery and knowledge acquisition can be relatively straightforward, but assessing such foundational skills as critical thinking, inquiry mindset, and professionalism can be more challenging. In this workshop designed for faculty in the MScPT program, participants will explore how to align assessment strategies with these three key pillars of the curriculum. We will also discuss a variety of ways to check your students’ understanding, from quick and easy to more complex. Participants will revise one of their own existing assessments or assignments for use in the renewed MScPT curriculum. Workshop participants should come prepared with a print-out of an existing assessment or assignment. Please register by May 9, 2019 by accessing this link.