Summer is upon the School of Health Science and many DPT students are on their clinicals. Many of these students would like to continue research projects. Our Elon DPT program has students doing clinicals all around the country. So, how can we continue our research the students spread around the country?
One novel way that I am trying is called Google Hangout. Google Hangout allows up to 10 people to talk, share documents, YouTube, along with a whiteboard. I am sure it offers more tools that I am unaware of at this time. I currently have three research projects going with students spread around country. We meet once a week anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.
For example; one group is discussing aquatic therapy with a student in Ohio, South Carolina and Belize.
Continuity is the key for my graduate students to keep up with the projects and adjust the workload per their clinical work.
Like any new technology, there is always a learning curve. My advice to anyone wanting to use Google Hangout is first gather the people you’re going to use Google Hangout in the same room. Make sure how to invite each other in the “hangout.” Then play with many of the tools that Google Hangout has to offer. This will make the meetings more productive when you are talking at different parts of the country.
This summer I will have had nice continuity with my research students around the country. And, when students return in September we will hopefully have research papers and posters almost done.
Daryl Lawson is an associate professor at the School of Health Science in the department of Physical Therapy