Some of the best work on Physiopedia has been created by physiotherapy students who have taken part in our Educational Projects. For students the projects offer an opportunity to create lasting resources for others on a global scale, for educators it offers an opportunity to involve their students in the knowledge creation process. This is a unique opportunity and students are often as excited about the projects as we are.
Put simply, students create resources in Physiopedia based on the content of their module or course content. This then demonstrates their understanding of a topic as well as contributing to this professional resource. The projects can provide opportunities for students to practice reviewing and disseminating literature related to current guidelines in a contemporary way. It is an interactive forum between educators and students allowing collaboration, and exposure to international learning opportunities. It really is a creative and unique way to develop academic skills such as reflection, critical assessment, writing and referencing skills.
The Neuromotor Function Project
A really excellent example of how the projects on PP come together to link learning skills and knowledge creation is the Neuromotor Function Project which forms part of the “Neuromotor Function II” module in the first year of the MSc in Physical Therapy at Queens University. The students work in groups and create or update pages on PP that relate to neurological conditions which affect movement problems in adults.
Last year there were some top quality articles created including the topical subject of “Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Stroke” and “Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Management of Parkinson’s Disease“. These pages are created with the utmost quality and care in keeping with the PP house rules. To ensure this quality there is a guide for students too!
Clearly content creation is an important part of PP but the refresh and review aspect of the projects is arguably more important. Thanks to Queen’s University there are numerous pages which are updated to keep clinicans up-to-date with the latest evidence to give their patients the best treatment possible.
It can definitely be said that some of the best work on Physiopedia has been created by Physiotherapy Students who have taken part in our educational projects and Queen’s University are a shining example of that.
18 months ago Rachael Lowe interviewed Dr Kathleen Norman from Queen’s about her experience of running a student assignment on Physiopedia.
About Physiopedia’s Projects
We have an entire page dedicated to our growing list of past and present projects. If you would like to find out more about how to create your own content development project we have a step-by-step guide to help explain what you need to do.