Author Archive

Mindset change.

June 25, 2010

Sometimes it is important to track down the roots of various changes that occur in a group of people. One day it became fun in class after having got feedback for our various tasks that we were undertaking. The unusual thing was that students were ready to share their weaknesses and strength as per the feedback and even make fun about it. In normal circumstances a student feel bad about having been wrong and at times not ready to share the weakness with others. One student’s weakness was another’s strength and the sharing automatically eliminated the weaknesses. My point is that the mindset of a student hiding his/her weakness because he feels bad about it can be eliminated by such a process as we had in EBP where the mentality of openness and sharing of ideas was created and facilitated by the blog from the beginning. If at all open sharing of ideas and elimination of weakeness hiding culture can of any help to a student, then the embedded learning is suitable.

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Challenges experienced along Ebp course.

May 31, 2010

1. During writing, every statement seamed very important for the article. Selecting what to pick and what to leave was a challenge. However, a designed guide on how to trim a lot of information to sizeable but meaningful statements was helpful. 2. The blog could at times keep the posted comments pending and therefore denying the bloggers the opportunity to read on time.

2.b. There were some occasions whereby the blog would deny access to materials that were provided in it to guide the students during the course.

3. During the search for literature, some databases would only provide abstracts for articles that the writers thought were important and therefore denying and in-depth scrutiny of the study that was done.

Ebp should continue.

May 31, 2010

Allow me to share with you some learning comparative reflections that have been running through my mind since when i started acquiring research related knowledge.  Any physiotherapy Diploma held in Africa, entails clinical skills meant to treat a patient. Diploma holders in Physiotherapy therefore hardly possess research knowledge that can entrench evidence based practice in our clinical work. To be sincere, many physiotherapists engage in a Masters or a B.Sc program without an idea of how much about research they are supposed to undergo. EBP as part of our masters program has therefore contributed to a swing of insight pertaining to what a physiotherapist at our level should do in terms of practice and putting pieces of knowledge together. This course (EBP) came at a time when our knowledge on research was a key higher. However, our writing knowledge has been refined; our aspiration for further writing has been inspired. Now that we have been using a technologically viable resource (a blog), allow me to propose that this should not be the end of an interaction that adds knowledge. Actually, I take EBP, not as a module but as tool that can keep us unraveling further professional issues and sharing them for the benefit of the societies that we serve.

Blended learning.

May 14, 2010

I take a few minutes to share what i have been observing partaining to the blended learning that we are undertaking in ebp. I first acknowledge that my generation is one that is quite deep into the didactic learning. All along our learning process, writing of notes and face to face facilitition is what we have been through. Blended learning comes with a few technological demands which may not be available always. However it gives an oppotunity to share ideas and knowledge. I have observed that within a group of students lies a pool of ideas that may be half baked but spreading  them electronically within a short time between them and the facilitator creates better understanding. A blog like Ebppost can carry a huge quantity of latest material (information) compared to a shelf of books which may not be updated always. Exhaustive use of a professionally prepared learning blog definately add knowledge though with minimal face to face encounter with a facilitator. Acquaring latest information about a specific field is a crucial component of science today. It is only through such a method that this can quickly be achived by sharing information among a group of professionals. However, I guess time is an enemy to blended learning because it demands for more time on line. Any way i have not identified much deficits in this type of learning infact i endorse it.

Methodology

April 17, 2010

Dear ebppost. I have just noted something interesting when you explained the role of the READER by MAC Auley. We have always used it as a methodological quality tool. Now you mentioned that it is meant for relevance. This actually makes sense because that is what the name stands for. But now we are left without a tool for cross-sectional surveys. I’m i right by observing this and if that is the case, do you know of a tool for the cross-sectionals? I stand to be corrected.

Introduction feedback

April 17, 2010

Whenever a feed back is given, there is a tenderncy of changing of a mindset whereby sharing of the ideas may change what was prevoiusly thought to be right. I take this positively because that is what learning is all about. For example, i had concluded my introduction with a hypothesis but after the discussion, it just stuck in my mind that a hypothesis is never valid until it is statisitcally proven by the results.