OT4OT Team Members
How Did We Meet?
This group came together through the power of online networking; each of us had separately been involved in using social media from around 2007, particularly blogs and Facebook, but we had yet to connect. Connection occurred organically across the globe driven by a combination of shared passion and serendipity. Our first whole group face to face meeting occurred at the WFOT Congress in 2014, Yokahama, Japan.
Please scroll down to meet the team . . .
University of Salford,
School of Health Sciences,
Frederick Road, Salford.
M6 6PU. UK.
I graduated as an occupational therapist from Liverpool in the UK in 1991. Since then I have worked in Mental Health, Palliative Care (my passion) and in education.
Currently I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford, and have been involved in the development of an online MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy. This stimulated my interest in Web 2.0 applications, in particular the power of online social networking for personal and professional development. I am currently involved in a project with a UK NHS Trust which seeks to explore the use of online networking in
relation to team-work and am also working with Angela Hook on the development and application of virtual reality tool in occupational therapy education.
I use Facebook (a lot), blogs (read and learn more than write), wikis (for all sorts of collaborations and planning), Skype (for student tutorials), Second Life (at the behest of my colleague), Google Drive (loving these), wiziq (for open access webcasts), and Elluminate (for teaching).
Eastern Washington University,
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box R,
Spokane. WA 99202-1675.
I have been an occupational therapist since 1978, working as a clinician and educator in Canada and the US. I recently completed my PhD
in Rehabilitation Science, using narrative inquiry to explore therapists’ experiences of occupation-based practice.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University. When not teaching or learning about occupational therapy, I spend time in my studio working as a glass artist.
I am often labeled as an early adopter/evangelist when it comes to technology. While teaching at University of British Columbia (1994 – 97),
I developed online resources for students, traveled around the province teaching clinicians about the potential of the web, wrote a column
(“Web Goddess”) for the Canadian OT Association practice magazine, tried out WebCT, and taught myself how to design web-sites. While teaching in Texas, I became familiar with distance learning using interactive TV to connect three campuses. During a four-year break from working as an OT, I worked in my studio, Much of my learning came from participating in online fora related to my artist/artisan interests.
This experience fueled my interest in online communities of practice.
Since resuming my OT career I have continued to use technology for teaching. I love my iPhone and hope at some point to have time to learn about developing apps. My blog speaks to my interests in art, design and occupational therapy. I am a member of the OTalk2US team on
Twitter. I spend far too much time on Facebook and on Twitter, where I share information about OT and/or art.
To find out more about Susan visit her digital dossier: http:sburwash.wordpress.com
University of the Sunshine Coast,
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC,
Queensland 4558. Australia.
I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1989 at LaTrobe University, Melbourne and later did my Master’s in OT at the University of Queensland and have recently completed my PhD looking at the role of digital technologies in information management and knowledge transfer in occupational therapy.
I work at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia as a senior lecturer and I have also taught at University of Alberta in Canada and Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
As an OT I have worked in the area of mental health, vocational rehabilitation and in a private surgical hospital, mostly with older adults.
I became passionate about using online technology about 15 years ago and became more involved in using this technology when I started teaching occupational therapy at Deakin University in Australia.
I brought my passion and interest in online technology with me when I moved to the University of Alberta in 2007 where I met like-minded spirits Susan Burwash and Rashid Kashani. While working there I completed several research projects using online technology. One project looked at students perceptions of using a wiki for group work collaboration, the second project looked at identifying safe ways to teach people with an acquired brain injury how to access the online world through blogs and Facebook. The third project looked at how to safely teach people with ABI to use Facebook to connect online.
I routinely use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, PebblePad, Blogger, WordPress, Google Drive, SlideShare, iMovie, Pinterest and wikis.
To find out more about Anita visit her ePortfolio: http://www.virtualot.com
University of Salford,
School of Health Sciences,
Salford. M6 6PU. UK.
My professional career in occupational therapy started within the field of forensic mental health, moving into managing mental health occupational therapy services before entering the world of education in 2000 at University of Salford, UK where I became a Senior Lecturer in 2006.
My interest in using technology as a tool to enhance learning and development has developed over time since the inception in 2006 of our MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programme which is delivered totally online and incorporates principles of e-learning and virtual learning communities, international interaction and negotiated assessments.
I use online tools to develop professional and personal skills and I continue to learn everyday from my networks. In addition to my involvement with the OT4OT team I have been involved in a number of projects related to online technology including wikiflash, research into using Second Life as a teaching and learning opportunity and Occubuzz – an app for occupational balance.
I use Facebook, Blogger and WordPress, wikis, Skype, Collaborate, Slideshare, Learn.ist, LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with a diverse network locally and globally to enhance my professional development.
To find out more about Angela visit her work profile page: http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk
Department of Occupational Therapy,
635 Commonwealth Ave,
Boston. MA. 02215 USA.
I am a clinical professor and the program director of the on-line post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy at Boston University (BU), Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I have worked at BU for 31 years. I teach courses on-campus such as Analysis & Adaptation of Occupation and Professional Service Management and on-line courses such as Educational Theory & Practice, Practicum in Social Policy & Disability, & Health
Care Management. I am a faculty in residence and live on-campus at BU. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts,
a Master of Science in occupational therapy at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
I am a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA); and have received 35 awards and honors including being a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland; the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT); received the
Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003; and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award.
I have authored or co-authored more than 58 peer reviewed journal articles; 19 book chapters, and 17 books such as: Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competency (2 editions), The Occupational Therapy Manager, The Quick Reference Dictionary for Occupational Therapy
(6 editions), Ergonomics for Therapists (2 editions), Health Professional as Educator and Work Practice: International Perspectives. Dr. Jacobs is the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
(IOS Press, The Netherlands). I have delivered over 350 presentations to consumers, professionals, academicians, students, and policymakers
over the past two decades.
My research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, we examine the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among populations of university and middle school aged students, particularly in notebook computing, use of tablets such as iPads, backpack use, and the use of technology games such as WiiFit.
I co-developed with Dr. Nancy Baker the Telerehabilitation Computer Ergonomics System (tele-CES) for computer users. The tele-CES is a
remote systematic ergonomics assessment used to evaluate computer users. We received a 5 year NIDRR grant titled, Project Career. It is an interprofessional demonstration designed to improve the employment success of undergraduate college and university students with
traumatic brain injury (TBI). We are using telehealth technologies to provide e-mentoring. I enjoy technology and am an early adopter.
The University of Sydney,
C43 – Cumberland Campus,
The University of Sydney,
Lidcombe, NSW 2141 Australia.
Kia ora . . . I am an occupational therapist, educator and researcher. I’ve taught in occupational therapy programmes in Australia, Scotland and New Zealand. I am currently working at the University of Sydney in Australia. I have been an early adopter of technology since my early days as
an OT (1983) even taking night classes for a little while as I strongly believed that computers would one day be important for our profession.
My research interests are centered around learning, whether that be for children with disabilities attending their local schools, learning of undergraduate students, or that of my colleagues in practice. As part of this I’ve researched the use of technology to support professional learning of both occupational therapists and educators, and in the last couple of years have actively worked to increase our profession’s understanding of the possibilities of social networking tools to support our professional development. I recently completed a Doctor of Education from the University of Otago where I examined the extent to which New Zealand occupational therapists are ready to be
I have used blogging, twitter, most of the Google tools, wikis, social bookmarking, Facebook and LinkedIn to ‘meet’ and come to know the