The main purpose of this educational session is to provide clinical and academic instructors with practical strategies for engaging the Generation Y physical therapy student. Generation Y students are known to be tech-savvy, feedback-dependent, kinesthetic and visual learners. This session will explain characteristics of Generation Y which have an impact on the learning experiences in physical therapy curriculums and clinical education. Each characteristic will be followed-up with a practical strategy for participants to implement in their academic or clinical education programs. Participants will learn communication and teaching skills to enhance learning experiences in the classroom and clinical setting.

Meet our Speaker

Angela Holland, PT, DPT, GCS is Director of Clinical Education/Assistant Professor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Angel Holland is a native of Clarksville, AR and completed her undergraduate Biology degree from Oklahoma Christian University, followed by her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. She later completed her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. She has been a physical therapist for over 18 years, where she has spent the majority of her career in the field of home health and served as the Director of Therapy for a home health agency in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Holland has also served as a documentation auditor since 2009. She is an ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics. In 2014, Dr. Holland was hired by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the Director of Clinical Education, where she developed the curriculum for the clinical education program for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Besides her role of Director of Clinical Education at UAMS, she is an assistant professor and teaches courses in Professional Issues, Documentation, Administration and Management, Teaching & Learning, and Clinical Reasoning. She serves as the Associate Director for Interprofessional Education for the Northwest Campus of UAMS. She serves on the Nominating Committee for the Clinical Education SIG for the Education Section of APTA. Her areas of research include learning styles of Generation Y students, professional learning communities, and faculty/leadership development. She enjoys presenting continuing education courses and faculty development workshops to enhance teaching strategies related to the learning styles of the Generation Y student. She is currently an Ed.D. candidate in Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Arkansas. Aside from her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

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Completion Instructions

Listen to the presentation, complete the assessment with a 70% or higher score, complete course evaluation, print certificate.

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Angela Holland, PT, DPT, GCS

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the educational session, the participant will:
  1. Identify and assess characteristics of Generation Y learners to appropriately develop learning encounters.
  2. Design and modify learning experiences to engage the Generation Y physical therapy student.
  3. Identify communication strategies for Generation Y students to effectively provide feedback and problem resolution.
  4. Examine 4 critical focus areas in clinical education for the Generation Y physical therapy student and identify practical strategies for student engagement.

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Type:E-Learning Course
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Domains:For Educators, Generation Y, Angel Holland, Clinical Education

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.2
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  09/29/2021
Available discounts:
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    (until 12/31/2030)
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    (until 12/31/2030)
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