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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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