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Internships and Distance Learning. Tricia Berry, MATL, OTR/L Director of Clinical Placement Kaplan University. WHY?. Benefits to school. Integrates students into their community Additional venue for student success Receives feedback regarding student skills

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Internships and distance learning

Internships and Distance Learning

Tricia Berry, MATL, OTR/L

Director of Clinical Placement

Kaplan University



Benefits to school
Benefits to school

  • Integrates students into their community

  • Additional venue for student success

  • Receives feedback regarding student skills

  • Opportunities for program modification

  • Career placement


Benefits to business
Benefits to business

  • Additional staff assistance (unpaid?)

  • Foster professional development

  • Develop training/management skills

  • Potential development of existing employees


Benefits to student
Benefits to student

  • Gains experience and confidence

  • Non-class opportunities

  • Builds resume for employment

  • Opportunity to remediate skills

  • Bridge to employment



Distance education challenges
Distance Education Challenges

  • Students and staff spread across numerous communities

  • Lack of face to face contact with students

  • No opportunities to verify hands on skills prior to externship


Pre program planning
Pre-program planning

  • Identify potential program

  • Conduct feasability analysis by program

    • Trends for profession

    • Specialized market needs

    • Regulatory requirements

    • Competition for sites

  • Collate data to determine if viable


Additional considerations
Additional considerations

  • Mandatory or optional

  • Paid or unpaid

  • Who arranges for site

    • Student

    • University staff

    • Collaborative effort


Implementation
Implementation

  • Early notification to student

  • Develop documentation

    • Legal agreements

    • Marketing materials

    • Student and site requirements

  • Consider system to forecast needs

  • Determine how to stay connected


Implementation considerations
Implementation considerations

  • Ensuring sites are appropriate

  • Student and site orientations

  • Documentation

    • Hours completed

    • Skills completed

    • Reporting absences/missed hours

    • Problem resolution

  • Consistent contact for site

  • Overcommunication to students



Post implementation
Post-Implementation

  • Be willing to learn as you go

  • Gather feedback

    • Students

    • Internship sites

    • Employers

  • Make modifications as needed


Questions and discussion

Questions and discussion

Contact information:

Tricia Berry

[email protected]

(515)490-2621


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