Kudos to the AOTA and NBCOT for organizing the first Education Summit for OT and OTA faculty. Sessions focused on pedagogy and instructional design, capacity building, and foundations for OT/OTA education and practice. Although the ratio of OTA to OT related content was disappointingly low (approximately 1:15 for plenary sessions and 1:19 for poster sessions), I was able to make connections with like-minded individuals who are interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the possibility of collaborating. What questions do you have about teaching and learning related to OTA education? Here are some of mine...
What variables are predictors of success in an OTA program?
Are the characteristics of OTA students different than those of OT students? If so, in what way?
How is OTA education different from OT education?
Can we generalize the findings from studies related to OT education to OTA education?
Does the profession value research related to the education of OTA practitioners?
I would love to hear your ideas.