WCPT’s new dedicated YouTube channel exhibiting presentations from the WCPT Congress in Amsterdam last year has attracted nearly 4000 viewers and 100 subscribers in just six weeks. Everyone now has the opportunity to watch key sessions and listen to top experts in their field discussing the profession’s hottest topics.
The YouTube initiative forms part of WCPT’s continued efforts to facilitate information exchange across the profession, so there’s no charge for subscribing to this channel or for viewing as many sessions as you like.
Four discussion panels and eight focused symposia have been selected to view. If you download a discussion panel film, you’ll also have the option to download the accompanying PowerPoint presentations. The focused symposia include full audio recordings with counterpart PowerPoint slides.
According to Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy, putting this content online is about WCPT reaching out with professional knowledge – extending access for those who were not able to attend the sessions and allowing everybody interested to learn from the international speakers.
“Sessions were intended to be thought-provoking and to allow open discussion around particular topics,” she says. “Making them available gives the congress content longevity – although we recognise that there will be research developments which will in the future date some of the presentations.”
Initial YouTube viewing figures are very encouraging. “We’ve had good feedback about them too, with people saying that this is an important addition to our content,” says Tracy Bury. “As we’d hoped, there’s been a chain reaction, with member organisations and other sites picking up on it and promoting the videos via Facebook and Twitter.”
She explains that the YouTube videos provide visual content from the congress but do not include formal learning objectives or assessments. “Even though we’re not packaging them as an educational resource, we recognise that they can be useful to physical therapists who engage in continuous learning through critical reflection on theory and practice. I’d like to think that people will think about how they can apply what they view and hear in the videos in their own practices and with their patients.”
For those interested in online learning, WCPT has developed partnerships with two providers of online training – Greatseminarsonline and Educata – and is interested in creating partnerships with others. You can find out more about these partnerships, WCPT’s guidelines for delivering quality continuing professional development and a directory of volunteer speakers from various clinical areas for local programmes at www.wcpt.org/node/27531.
“Online learning can provide access to international expertise and new theories and practice developments. While it doesn’t replace active, hands-on learning with a tutor, it may be an economical and convenient alternative. While recognising that access to IT infrastructure varies across the world, technology is developing quickly and may provide innovative interactive learning opportunities, so it is likely to be a growth area,” says Tracy Bury.
Watch the YouTube films at www.youtube.com/user/theWCPT.
The sessions are also accessible via the WCPT website and include: