As Education Intern here at the College of Occupational Therapists, I am always thinking of ideas about how students can become more involved with us and also with each other. I feel that social media is a great way for students to communicate with each other. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you all about an exciting new development.
From the beginning of April, every Thursday between 12 and 1pm, we will be holding a student Twitter chat. Myself and different members of staff will be hosting chats which will discuss different topics. Zoe Parker, who is the College’s Education Manager for Lifelong Learning, will be hosting a general CPD chat on the first Thursday of every month. On the last Thursday of every month, Zoe and I will host a joint CPD chat specifically for students. The third Thursday of every month will vary.
On the second Thursday of every month, myself and my colleague Anita Volkert, who is the Education Manager for Pre-Registration Policy, will hold a joint chat. This will start on 10 April. We would like students to tell us in our first chat what they would like to gain from these sessions and what topics they would like to discuss each week. Each week the theme will be different in order to ensure variety and that we cover as many topics as we can which are important to students.
Along the line, we are also planning to involve other healthcare profession students in our chats. This will help build communication between students across the professions and contribute to multi-disciplinary team working. It will also give students a chance to gain knowledge about each other’s professions.
All occupational therapy students are welcome to join in. Simply follow the @COTstudents Twitter account and, during the chats, use the hashtag #COTstudentchat. We will advertise the dates to remind you and also let you know who is holding the chat and the topic.
So between now and 10 April, we would like students to think about the following:
- What would you like to gain from taking part in the chats?
- What topics do you feel are important to you?
These chats will provide a great opportunity for students to discuss and share ideas and get to know a few members of staff at the College and their role in relation to students.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me:
Anna Welsh, Education Intern: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to communicating with you all, hearing your ideas and developing great discussions.