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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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My experience with the blog

June 19, 2010

Dear colleagues,

Please allow me to share my views about the blog. When Professor Jose introduced us to the EBP blog, I could not contain the excitement. On that day, a better and educative face book like network had arrived. The fact that we could share our ideas, opinions, challenges, information and knowledge made it far much important and worthwhile than what I see on face book. I felt there is going to be a free flowing interaction between the lecturer and the students. To my utter disappointment, it wasn’t to be because I was never able to log in. This was at times devastating because I was not able to post anything I wanted to share with my colleagues. It made me trail behind sometimes and this was never good at all. What made it even worse is that substantial effort was made to rectify the problem but unfortunately, it was all in vain. Because of this, I couldn’t wait for the day the blog would come to an end and when we were finally told it is coming to an end, I was the happiest in class. (Simon)

Experience of EBP module

June 17, 2010

My experience to EBP had been exciting and quite challenging. As they say practice makes perfect, it had been so. My search for relevant literature directly related to my topic could not have been any better than it is right now. Thanks to EBP and my lecturer. Though not precisely perfect, my search skills are far better than before I did EBP. The ability to identify relevant literature, criticize it, disqualify it if it’s of substandard methodological quality was just awesome. The fact that it is research based makes it even better as it has added value to my research skills and we can add some of the literature we uncovered when doing our tasks to our thesis. That simply means adding quality information to our thesis. Some of the somewhat unpleasant experiences were that some databases were totally inaccessible and certain articles with good abstracts were not available in full text. I feel this somehow confined us to limited literature which could have been different had we had access to the inaccessible literature. In all, this is a module for every masters student to do. It’s a richly worth module to do. I had an awesome experience. (Simon)

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.

Final draft article

May 21, 2010

This is my reflection on the interpreting your achievement during this process. Please feel free to add or comment on this:

The knowledge gained during this process relates to evidence based practice and the ability to answer the WHAT, WHY and HOW of a clinical research question. In doing this you have also obtained the skill to find relevant articles and to understand the tools that can be used to evaluate the relevance of articles and the methodological quality of the articles. You have also learnt  the process of writing an article and a guide to the content needed under the different headings.

The skills gained during this process included writing an article, reflecting on the process and sharing of information obtained or gained.  You also gained the skills of searching for relevant articles and systematically screening the articles.

From what I have observed the attitude has been relatively positive and engaging.

please share with me your experience

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.

My reflections as a facilitator

April 28, 2010

Dear students. I am sharing my experience as a facilitator during this process and I hope you will share yours as students.

In setting up this blog I was thinking  of changing this course from using a didactic learning approach to using blended learning. This was a new area to me but I was interested in it as I wanted to improve the learning experience for the students during this course. From setting up this blog, to encouraging interaction from the students, to providing feedback and additional learning material, to stimulating discussion and also being prepared to put my ideas up for public scrutiny has been an enriching experience.

I have grown personally as a facilitator and have improved my knowledge on social networks and blended learning – I still do not always get the terms correct but I have progressed since day 1. During the introduction phase I learnt the importance of giving clear instructions and clear guidelines. I also realised the importance of preparing the student for what is to be expected. The methodology phase has made me realise that as a lecturer, teaching the theory relating to tools and techniques is not as effective as providing the student with the opportunity to apply the tools or techniques for themselves.

I also made contact with the barriers to e-learning such as internet access and computer skills of participants and the facilitator. I also realised that although this form of teaching allows for lots of interaction and flexibility, there is a need for TIME and also one needs to keep all stakeholder MOTIVATED.

I would like to hear what you as students have experienced thus far besides focusing on completing the tasks required.

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.