Guest post by @Heatherclarinet about how she has used Social Media for CPD

Here is a guest post by Heather O’Leary (@Heatherclarinet), who reflects here on how her use of Social Media has contributed to her Continuing Professional Development:

I first began using social media (SM) professionally after rediscovering my twitter account, and a slow Saturday afternoon searching by interest. I began tweeting about my experiences as an OT student; lectures I’d just been too, articles I had just read, and calls for help with assignments! I then started my blog when I struggled to fit everything I had to say into 140 characters! My main outputs of SM are on twitter, participating formally in OTuesday, NHSSM and more recently, OTalk and OChat. I also use twitter for informal discussions with OT students from other universities, practicing OTs and academics (a personal highlight was a tweet from E Duncan!).

I get a lot of benefits from my use of SM, the main one being the opportunity to communicate with so many other people, each with their own interesting stories and viewpoints on current issues. It allows exposure to a wider range of opinions – and with NHSSM, not just from OT perspectives – which breeds constructive debates. Another benefit of using SM is the speed at which information in shared. Previously we talked of how journals bypassed text books in getting information out there, now with SM your news, findings, thoughts and experiences are spread to a waiting audience instantly! I also find  SM is a nice fall back for those days when the work can get too much, as a gentle reminder of why OT is so fantastic, why we do it, and mostly importantly why we love it!

 Thank you so much for your post, Heather, I’m sure it’s going to be useful to lots of other OTs to firm up their thinking about how Social Media has helped them in their development.

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#Occhat topic – Tuesday 29th November – The occupied self: the role of occupation in identity

#Occhat Tuesday 29th November 2011 8-9pm GMT
The occupied self: the role of occupation in identity
Dr Jackie Taylor from Salford University will be joining us to discuss her research into the relationship between occupation and identity and how this knowledge can be applied in OT practice.
To make best use of this opportunity you are encouraged to listen to Dr.Taylor’s presentation from last year’s World OT day online conference before the session and consider some questions or points you would wish to discuss further.
To access the presentation please use this link http://ot4ot.weebly.com/world-ot-day-schedule.html then scroll down to find presentation 9: Rebuilding damaged identities through occupation.

(Posted on Behalf of Chris Genter)

 


#occhat – The occupied self: the role of occupation in identity

Date: 29/11/2011  Host: @JackieTaylor19

Blog Post  –  Transcript  –   Post Chat Summary