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The one about Open Scholarship

Open scholarship represents a paradigm shift in how we approach research, teaching, and the dissemination of knowledge. At its core, it’s about making academic work more transparent, accessible, and collaborative. Where research findings are freely available to anyone in the world, where teaching materials are shared and improved upon, and where students actively contribute to a global knowledge commons.

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The one about the Roles of the Teacher

The role of teachers is evolving, necessitating a shift from traditional, control-oriented models to student-centred approaches. By relinquishing some control and focusing on individual assessment, differentiated support, and relationship-building, lecturers can foster engagement, mastery, and self-regulation. Reflecting on the diverse roles of teachers is crucial for effective teaching practices.

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#36 – Generative AI personas in physiotherapy education

In this conversation Leanne Wiles and Dean Walker discuss how they used generative AI tools like Claude and ChatGPT to simulate patient interactions for students in physiotherapy education, enhancing their communication and reasoning skills. Students interacted with AI personas portraying diverse health scenarios. The practice proved immersive and effective, displaying significant potential for flexible educational approaches in challenging healthcare communications.

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The one about Lectures

The value of lectures is evident when lecturers use an engaging, dynamic style that transcends traditional didactic methods. Lectures can foster deep learning and maintain student interest through active participation and well-prepared content, integrating modern insights from cognitive science. We need to consider the many nuances of lecture methods in different formats, like online settings, and teaching strategies that enhance learning outcomes by adapting to diverse learner preferences.

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#35 – Clinical supervision and the challenges of early autonomy

In this episode, Dr. Danelle Hess discusses the challenges physiotherapy students face during clinical placements in South Africa, such as managing caseloads with minimal supervision and dealing with complex cases like gunshot wounds. She also explores the mental health impacts and the strategies universities use to support students. Dr. Hess also emphasises the need for resilience and coping mechanisms for students in demanding healthcare environments.

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The one about Remote Work

The shift toward remote work, expedited by the global pandemic, has significant implications for various professions, particularly physiotherapy. This new era not only alters traditional office dynamics but also redefines job roles and demands organizational changes to adapt effectively. Key discussions involve readiness for a remote-first approach, potential benefits like increased accessibility and preventive care, and the reevaluation of physical presence necessities in professional practices. As we transition, adapting systems and mindsets becomes crucial for leveraging technology in fostering more flexible and efficient work environments.

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#34 – Remote-only physiotherapy management

In this episode with Ben Gordon, the discussion explores remote-only physiotherapy, augmented by technology. We talk about how virtual care reshapes physiotherapy’s principles, focusing on accessibility, preventative care, and a shift from physical interaction to software-supported decision-making. The conversation also covers challenges to traditional professional norms, urging a reimagined, patient-centric approach facilitated by technological advancements and regulatory adaptations.

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The one about Technology and the Human Spirit

In the face of ongoing integration of emerging technologies such as AI and digital tools, educators must continuously ask if these technologies truly benefit students, the profession, and humanity overall. Increasingly, we must engage in a deeper evaluation of technology’s human impact and underline the necessity for ethical technology creation, emphasising humane and responsible practices. Engagements like these are essential for shaping how future practitioners use technology in healthcare.

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#33 – Generative AI in health professions education

Ben and I talk to Lambert Schuwirth about the development of HPE-Bot, a chatbot based on the GPT language model, and its implications for health professions education. The conversation explores AI’s potential effects on teaching, assessment, and learner behaviour, raising concerns about accuracy and institutional adaptation. While we highlight the ongoing challenges with integrating AI into professional education, we tend to agree that the opportunities for driving much needed change, are significant.

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The one about the Purpose of Higher Education

As the global higher education sector faces ongoing financial pressures, the core purposes of universities—knowledge transmission, skill development, personal growth, and research—are increasingly being scrutinised. While commercial value in research and skills predominates, debates persist about the fundamental role of education amidst escalating costs and societal impacts. It remains important to critique higher education’s effectiveness and economic rationale, highlighting systemic issues and potential reforms.

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