Meeting Challenges in Blending Virtual and Hands-On Teaching

There are many occupations that involve development of manual skills as critical elements of their practice. These can present a major challenge when teaching employees and students during a time when social distancing is required and when travel is limited. One example would be massage therapy.

Bill Brandon interviewed Leena Guptha, DO, MBA, BCTMB, Academic Dean of Online Education at the Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, and learned how blended delivery techniques and learning experience design is resolving those challenges. Dr. Gupta shared the way that her college is making the transition to effective use of the virtual classroom, and also the lessons learned in making the transition. Bill Brandon believes that her experience reported here will be valuable in fields outside of health and medicine, especially the work done to prepare the on-ground faculty for virtual delivery and its integration with the hands-on sessions.

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