This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Podcasts as a Tool for Continuing Professional Development” and will be hosted by Stephanie Lancaster (@TheOutLoudOT).
Stephanie Lancaster has practiced as an OT for over 25 years. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Stephanie blogs at www.stephanielancaster.com and hosts a podcast for people interested in OT called On The air (www.OnTheAir.us). She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education in the field of Instructional Design & Technology and is writing a dissertation on the impact of podcasting on the education and growth of occupational therapy students.
Here is what Stephanie had to say… A podcast is generally described as a series of digital audio files that can be accessed online and downloaded and listened to on an electronic device. The term podcast was coined in 2004 by British journalist Ben Hammersley through a combination of the words iPod and broadcast. Since that time, podcast carriers such as iTunes have helped to propel this type of media file into popularity, with millions of downloads and live or on-demand daily across the globe. Podcasting has begun to be explored in formal education settings as an educational technology tool that has been used at an increased frequency in recent years for a variety of reasons. The range, flexibility, ease of use, accessibility, and affordability (most podcasts can be accessed for free) of podcasts make this medium a viable platform for learning not just for students but also for individuals seeking professional development, including occupational therapy practitioners. With a variety of learning opportunities available through listening to podcasts, this technology opens up options for learning about a wide variety of topics related to the practice of occupational therapy.
Questions for the OTalk Chat:
Q1: How often do you listen to podcasts?
Q2: What do you see as the benefits of listening to podcasts?
Q3: Do you feel that listening to podcasts helps you to learn and grow professionally?
Q4: How often you reflect on, think about, and/or talk about things you have heard on podcasts after you listen?
Q5: What podcast and/or podcast episode do you recommend that others in the field of OT listen to and why?
Chat Host: Stephanie Lancaster @TheOutLoudOT
On the #OTalk Account: @helenotuk
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