Get started with an introduction to the curriculum and the three foundational pillars that support it in this 20-minute online presentation.
- One of these pillars emphasizes the adoption of an Inquiry Mindset, which we characterize as a set of behaviours that will prepare students to succeed as physical therapists. We are excited to share with you how this pillar shapes the overall teaching and learning environment in the new MScPT curriculum in this brief 10-minute online presentation on the Inquiry Mindset. Throughout the presentation, we describe concrete examples where an inquiry mindset may be fostered in the curriculum. At the end of the presentation, we invite you to submit your ideas of how an Inquiry Mindset might be observed in physical therapy practice.
- Another pillar emphasizes the development of skills related to Critical Thinking, which we characterize as the ability to arrive at the best possible evidence-informed decisions by effectively engaging with various forms of knowledge. We are excited to share with you how this pillar shapes the overall teaching and learning environment in the new MScPT curriculum in this brief 10-minute online presentation on Critical Thinking. Throughout the presentation, we describe concrete examples of how faculty can foster critical thinking across the curriculum. At the end of the presentation, we invite you to submit your ideas of how critical thinking can be observed in physical therapy practice.
- Lastly, the pillar of Professionalism emphasizes the importance of acting with integrity and respect, demonstrating leadership within and outside the profession, and working towards the development of a physical therapy identity that reflects these core values. In this 18-minute online presentation on Professionalism, we provide an overview of how professionalism is defined and fostered in the new MScPT curriculum. Throughout the presentation, we use concrete examples to articulate how the associated behaviours and attitudes are valued and promoted to support our students in developing integrity, respect and leadership within and beyond the profession. At the end of the presentation, we invite you to submit your ideas of what Professionalism looks like in your experience.
Faculty Development Modules
Tips for Remote Teaching
This module provides tips for remote teaching. It introduces 3 main types of interactions in remote teaching (student-content, student-student, and student-instructor), provides strategies for engaging students in a remote setting, as well as highlighting how to utilize features in Bb Collaborate.
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This module introduces participants to the role and characteristics of constructive feedback, proposes best practices for effective feedback and explores a few different feedback models. It provides educators with strategies to improve the feedback process and an understanding of some of the common challenges and barriers to effective feedback.
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This module introduces asking questions as a teaching and learning strategy with learners. It describes best practices for questioning in the acquisition of clinical skills and considerations for some strategies to deal with student responses.
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Participating in the MScPT Teaching and Learning Environment
This module provides an overview of what our teaching and learning philosophy is and how it intersects with instruction across the MScPT program, from clinics to classrooms. Throughout the presentation, we use concrete examples to articulate how instructors can actively participate in the teaching and learning environment by focusing on one or more of five key areas. These five areas are modelling educational values, using a common language to talk about teaching and learning, providing room for students to grow, pairing support for students alongside challenges, and making use of diverse and authentic teaching strategies. We hope that the ideas provided here will inspire you to put some of the principles of the renewed curriculum into action in your teaching context!
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Establishing and Maintaining a Positive Educational Climate
This module focuses on establishing and maintaining a positive learning climate in your teaching context. This module provides an overview of the importance of the educational climate, along with concrete examples and strategies for building a positive climate. You will also find case scenarios specific to different teaching contexts within the MScPT program. The module is 10-25 minutes long, depending on how much depth you choose to go into. Keep an eye out for additional upcoming modules over the next weeks and months!
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Modelling a Culture of Thinking
This module discusses what it means to establish a culture of thinking and its benefits to teaching and learning. We will then take you through examples of what we mean by “thinking” in the profession of physical therapy, and explore ways of thinking that support deep and meaningful understanding. Throughout the module, we consider concrete strategies that can be adapted to your own specific teaching and learning context. This module is designed to take anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes.
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Tip Sheets for Instructors in the MScPT Program
We are pleased to share a new series of information tip sheets specifically designed for each of the main teaching roles within the new curriculum. Here you can find a basic overview of what each role entails, with key responsibilities and expectations. We also suggest simple strategies for connecting your teaching in each context with the three key pillars of the new curriculum – Critical Thinking, Inquiry Mindset, and Professionalism. If you’re looking for ways to integrate the pillars into your planning, or want to try something new on the fly, these tip sheets are a great place to start.
Please feel free to review the tip sheets that are most relevant to your role in the curriculum and if you have any other ideas or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org