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How to Expand Your Skillset in Today's E-Learning Environment

When I graduated from the Masters in Physiotherapy program at McMaster in 2009 I was STOKED to practice and to learn as much as I possibly could. I spent thousands of dollars over the next few years taking tons of courses, meeting many awesome instructors and clinicians and learning lots of new skills.
 

Every time I walked back into the clinic on Monday morning after a course, I had forgotten half of what I had been taught AND had questions for the instructor. I’d go back to my notes and handouts, but I always knew I wasn’t maximizing on the course I had paid for.
 

Living in Toronto I also had the luxury of taking courses from top instructors, but when I moved to Thunder Bay, there were barely any courses to choose from. If I wanted to take a course I had to book a flight, pay for accommodation and, often, miss at least one day of work.
 

How was I supposed to keep up to date with the latest tools, techniques and theories if there were no instructors hosting courses where I lived?

Sure, I read research articles, followed my favorite instructors online and learned from my colleagues, but I still wanted to learn directly from those that I respected and looked up to.
 

We all know that continuing to learn throughout our careers is vital to high quality patient care, whether you work in a hospital, home care, school, private practice or for yourself. There is a lot of value in taking courses in person, with the instructor in front of you, watching you practice and providing feedback. But, there are many challenges to taking in-person courses.
 

Most courses are held on weekends, which takes away valuable personal or family time. Many courses are expensive and associated with travel and time off work - which is not always possible. And sometimes, after a weekend of learning, we forget some important points when we enter the clinic on Monday morning - wouldn’t it be nice to be able to review a certain portion of the course again?

 

 

Having the option to learn online provides the flexibility needed to meet all the needs of physiotherapists. Learn a new skill, brush up on something you’ve learned in the past, or learn from a new instructor.
 

Plus, online education is cheaper - no travel and accommodation expenses involved, and online courses are generally less expensive than live courses.
 

In addition to cost savings, online learning is accessible 24/7, it is available wherever you are, anytime, anywhere.
 

This is why the CPA has partnered with Embodia to create the PD (Professional Development) Marketplace - to provide the opportunity for online continuing education to physiotherapists across the country.

As a CPA member, you get additional discounts on all courses, free courses, and other perks.

 

 

Learn from all your favorite instructors from across the country. Learn more by watching the video below.
 

 

 

The PD Marketplace can do a lot of amazing things! Instead of having your courses and patient education all over the place, the PD Marketplace brings all your educational needs under one roof.

 

The PD Marketplace: Learning: Anytime, Anywhere

Ready to start now? Join the PD Marketplace now and check out the library of courses available, including many free ones as a special thank you for all the hard work you do every day. Click here to start. 
 

The PD Marketplace instructors teach more than the practical skills of their craft - they also teach their unique perspectives and share the professional experiences that got them to where they are today.
 

With your PD Marketplace account, hone your skills and find new ways of thinking with 24/7 access to Learning: anytime, anywhere!
 

Start here

 

Maggie Bergeron

Embodia Co-Founder

 

Comments

What I would like to see more, regardless of the delivery system, is that the education for PT undergoes a long overdue reformation.  There seems to be a lack of consensus across the country when one compares the pre-licensure programs for content, pedagogy and more of delivery.  An oversight mechanism that might be created to address quality assurance in the programs could and should be applied to continuing education efforts which to date, are unregulated and all over the map. 

If PT continuing education remains in the hands of private consultants offering an array of course materials without oversight, there exists a risk that quality will be more wishful thinking than evidence-based.  I have seen far too many courses offered that I question and I would like to understand how this endeavour will increase the rigor by which courses are screened to be offered.  It has been the wild west for a long time.

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