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#COT2016 – Learning from conference using social and digital media

Zoe Parker, the College’s Education Officer gives a rundown on how to reflect and find out more about annual conference for CPD. Follow Zoe on Twitter.

Even if you could not attend in person there are plenty of ways you can use the content from conference and the responses on Twitter as the inspiration for CPD activity.

If you did attend you may like to explore some of the links below to help with reflection and to see the things you missed because you couldn’t be in two (or more) places at once.

At the student fringe meeting delegates were asked to identify learning intentions and these were tweeted about afterwards too. You can check them out on twitter by looking under the hashtag #CPDCOT (or sometimes people posted at #COTCPD).

One lovely intention from @dherby123 was: listen, learn, understand and remember to enable me to reach my potential as an OT. This may become my own mantra as to the purpose of CPD.

Before embarking on your conference-related CPD you might like to set yourself three main learning objectives and then review later to see if you have met them.

After the conference OTalk asked people for their three takeaway points and you can find those in OTalk’s twitterfeed.

Here are some examples to whet your appetite:

We’ve created a microsite where you can visit to see videos of the keynote presentations and more and more content will be there throughout this month.


So even if, like me, you were not able to attend in person this time, I hope that you will also feel some of the excitement and inspiration it generated for the profession.

When you’ve visited the microsite you might like to choose three takeaway points of your own.

Please comment below on the most useful thing for your practice that you learned when re/visiting conference virtually through social media.


3 thoughts on “#COT2016 – Learning from conference using social and digital media

  1. It’s great to see that #COT2016 inspired so many people to engage in CPD, but more importantly, in new and exciting ways. This post shows that CPD is not only a valuable exercise for professional development, but also an opportunity to be creative to highlight how we are all flourishing as budding OT’s as seen by Ailsa’s beautiful flower.

    Posted by Kelly Hiscox | July 21, 2016, 15:47
  2. You’ve inspired me I’ve created a storify to add to my CPD portfolio. Thanks!

    Posted by katybergson | July 31, 2016, 18:48
  3. Thank you so much Kelly and Katy for posting comments here – it really makes my day when it happens – lovely to hear you’re inspired Katy and don’t forget (both!) that commenting here counts in itself as a CPD action worth recording in your log!

    Posted by Zoe Parker (@cotcpd) | August 2, 2016, 10:52

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