Knowledge that transcends borders: ECR students collaborate with their peers in the United States

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For more than two years, the Colombian School of Rehabilitation (ECR) has been carrying out various activities for the internationalization of the curriculum with Stockton University, such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects in Technology and Professional Affairs courses; activities have also been derived from the academic missions that Professor Victoria Schindler has led in the course of professional performance in mental health.

In the process of professional training for students in the seventh semester, it is important to consolidate skills for professional reasoning, based on evidence-based practice. In Professional Affairs, teachers Diana Ramírez (ECR) together with Megan Pappan (Stockton), worked to strengthen the professional reasoning of students through a collaborative exercise integrated into a MOOC on the virtual campus, where students from both universities They interacted through forums and synchronous meetings, socializing the results of the developed unit.

On the other hand, in the field of Technology, teachers Vanessa Wiesner (ECR) and Kimberly Furphy (Stockton), have developed in the subject Orthosis and Adaptations II, projects where students based on case studies related to different occupational areas and fields of professional action, have been able to analyze characteristics of the person, occupation, context and technology, to design and develop low-cost assistive technologies. Each case is assigned to a group from the ECR and a group from Stockton, to develop it in 1 month and present results in a synchronous final meeting, comparing the technological solution reached by each of the groups, favoring interaction and feedback between students and teachers.

From this, a YouTube channel was created with videos of some of the assistive technologies presented by the students. “These types of activities contribute to the curriculum and to meaningful learning, in addition to allowing the student to benefit from additional competences to those of the course, such as intercultural and second language skills, which will be essential for their professional life”, says Vanessa Wiesner, ECR teacher .

For the students it has also represented an “important challenge by having a certain time to give a solution to a problem, which will also be analyzed by the other university, and then see which result was the most assertive and best argued.” In this way , “Learning makes sense and motivates to show good results”, complement Gied Cuellar, Laura Novoa and Sofía Diaz, ECR students of Occupational Therapy.

The process that has been developed with Stockton University is articulated to the construction of proposed approach strategies for the classes and allows students to exchange experiences with students from another social context of reference and enrich their integral vision, thus contributing to improve their  intercultural and communicative skills in a second language.



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