Expand Rehabilitation Research & Clinical Capacity

Groundbreaking Imagination

Groundbreaking Imagination

Expand rehabilitation research and clinical capacity to address burgeoning demographic needs.

The support and wellbeing of our faculty will be a prominent feature in expanding capacity in the Rehab Sector.

Technology and collaboration are critical in advancing this goal. Inherent in dealing with the large Rehab Sector across the GTA and the various institutions where our faculty and trainees work we will need to collaborate widely across the sector and use technology to achieve our goals.

2019 Dean's Report Highlights: This working group seek to expand rehabilitation research and clinical capacity to address burgeoning demographic needs. To that end, they have explored opportunities to expand teaching and research activity, as well as spur curriculum innovation. Over the next year, the working group intends to pilot and integrate new learning strategies and tools into new and existing courses.

The Team

Decanal Sponsor: Allan Kaplan

Working Group Members

  • Kaki Narh Blackwood, Education Vice Deans
  • Angela Colantonio, Director, Rehabilitation Science Institute 
  • Jaimie Coleman, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Siobhan Donaghy, Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy
  • Leanna Graham, Director, Professional Practice & Policy, Collaborative Academic Practice, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital
  • Susan Jaglal, Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Allan Kaplan, Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs
  • Rosemary Martino, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Erin Miller, Student Representative
  • Golda Milo-Manson, Vice-President, Medicine and Academic Affairs, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Susan Rappolt, Chair, Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy
  • Larry Robertson, Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program and Program Chief, St. John’s Hospital
  • Samantha Seaton, Student Representative
  • Pascal van Lieshout, Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Jennifer Wadds, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Yana Yunusova, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science
  • Rachel Zulla, Graduate Affairs Officer, Graduate and Life Sciences Education 


2019 Dean's Report Update

A. The working group has accomplished the following to date:

  • Developed a comprehensive logic model to inform the activities, resources and outputs needed to accomplish our objective.
  • Completed a literature review and used this research to facilitate focus groups comprised of a broad range of stakeholders to determine the current state of engagement of clinical faculty, as well as opportunities and recommended implementation of strategies moving forward. The summary report will inform the development of a strategic plan, communication strategy and early implementation of the plan by August 2020. 

B. Over the next year, the working group aims to accomplish the following:

  • Pilot blended learning strategies guide & tools (nearing completion)
    • Using flipped classroom & computer supported collaborative interaction strategies
    • Develop a best practice guide for introducing digital learning tools into the curriculum
  • Integrate blended learning strategy tools into  existing courses
    • Identify (2-3) existing courses interested in integrating digital tools and blended learning strategies to increase capacity, flexibility and reach.
    • Integrate hybrid (in person and online) teaching strategies to allow for multiple types and levels of student engagement and experience into identified courses. 
    • Review teaching and student experience and learning of technology-supported blending learning strategies to refine and improve guide to best practices.
    • Establish Faculty model and support structure for e-Moderating blended learning. 
  • Identify 10 additional courses to supplement existing teaching with digital blended learning strategies and tools.