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Effectiveness of Discussion Board Usage for Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II

Keywords: Occupational Therapy , Fieldwork , Discussion Boards , Online Learning

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Occupational Therapy entry level students, like many allied health professionals, complete a series of internships or fieldwork competencies under the supervision of experienced occupational therapists prior to completing their degree and sitting for the national registration exam. When students leave the safety net of the university campus they often feel abandoned and disconnected from the very source that has helped them progress thus far into the profession. This study reviews the use of BlackBoard Discussion Board as a medium attempting to eliminate the feeling of displacement of these students. Results indicate that students are acclimatized to socialization and connections via a web-based medium and are open and willing to use it in resolving challenges faced during their Fieldwork II placement. The use of BlackBoard Discussion Board serves as a useful and meaningful tool to sustain positive connections with students completing their final clinical requirements off campus.

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