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Research Article  |   July 1994
Using Audioteleconferencing to Link Occupational Therapy Graduate Students in the United States and Canada
Author Affiliations
  • Maralynne D. Mitcham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (Formerly Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy Educational Department), College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29425
  • Barbara J. O’Shea, MS, OT(C), is Professor and Director, School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health professions, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Special Issue on CAN/AM 1994 – The Joint Annual Conference of AOTA and CAOT
Research Article   |   July 1994
Using Audioteleconferencing to Link Occupational Therapy Graduate Students in the United States and Canada
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 619-625. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.619
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 619-625. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.619
Abstract

Lack of access to graduate education in the United States and Canada is a frustration for many occupational therapists who wish to further their careers. One way to overcome lack of access is to use technology to bridge the distances. The occupational therapy schools at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, have collaborated for several years to provide graduate occupational therapy courses via audioteleconferencing. A general overview of the progress made in the project, as well as its design and unique features, is discussed. The major recommendation is that more occupational therapy schools could use distance education to collaborate when resources are few and needs are great. Such efforts benefit both faculty members and students.