Video Overview of Syllabus: (Optional)
Foundations of Occupational Science for US-Based OTPs Syllabus
The purpose of this project is to enhance field occupational therapy practitioner literacy and orientation to foundational and emerging occupational science as it relates to contemporary practice application in the United States.
Overall Course Goals:
Each module will be dripped and released to students as they are created and will start with a video overview and a list of learning objectives that review the goals, purpose, activities, and content at the beginning of each module. A list of all upcoming module objectives can be viewed: here
Course Readings and Resources
There are no required textbooks or advanced reading required for this course. All included educational content, as well as recommended additional reading and course content references, will be included within each module to aid in the organization based on topic and syllabus concision. Any required content will be freely available to students within the module. Appealing to the learning theory of connectivism, this course will encourage students to explore publicly available online educational resources and supplemental materials outside of the course such as websites, podcasts, YouTube videos, and open-source journal publications to enhance their ongoing learning and orientation to Occupational Science. All materials included in this course are offered to students through creative commons, fair use, or explicit permission by the copyright holder for educational purposes.
Course Location and Duration:
To maximize accessibility to a diversity of occupational therapy practitioner field clinicians across the United States the curriculum has been designed to be completed remotely and asynchronously online. The full course can be accessed on this link with optional opportunities to connect virtually with the course facilitator and student community online through the course Upcoach hub. The modules are designed to be completed sequentially as they are released. While there is no hard deadline for course completion, students who complete the module content and activities will be rewarded and recognized for their achievements with completion certificates, bonus content, and entry for prizes. Students who complete all modules in the course will earn a cumulative certificate, entry for prizes, and priority access to future educational opportunities.
Capstone Course Duration:
October of 2022-November of 2022
(Module completion times will vary in length and are likely to vary between students. During this time frame, optional weekly office hours and monthly discussion groups will be available to all who enroll during the capstone course duration. Students who enroll during this window will have free lifetime access to any modules released and may complete materials and online learning activities and discussions in their own timeline. Office hours and monthly discussion groups may discontinue after November of 2022. Some students may complete all modules quickly; others may need more time. This course has been designed to be maximally accessible to the needs and time constraints of diverse OTPs in the US).
Monthly occupational Science Discussion Group (Optional):
Third Sunday of Every Month 1:00pm to 2:30pm PST (Starting Sunday, Novemeber, 20th)
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Course Facilitator Introduction and Methods of Contact:
Josephine (Josie) Jarvis is an occupational Therapist in Washington State who will be facilitating this course as her doctoral capstone project affiliated with the University of Utah Post-Professional Clinical Doctorate in occupational therapy. Josie was inspired to become an occupational Therapist by growing up with a cousin who lived with a rare chromosomal disorder. Seeking a practical career that would allow for integration of science, psychology, advocacy, and the humanities with a focus on taking constructive action for human wellbeing across the lifespan and globe, Josie rediscovered occupational therapy prior to completing her bachelor's degree. Josie's passion for translating occupational science into United States practice settings is informed by her lifelong investment in governmental advocacy and undergraduate background in interdisciplinary studies through The Evergreen State College. In 2012 she graduated with a BA in Social Science with an emphasis on governmental advocacy and BS in Evolutionary Biology focused on human physiological adaptations around cyclical time. She graduated with her Master’s of occupational therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2015, with a research focus on Executive Functioning in Adolescent School-Role Performance. She has been active in state and federal occupational therapy advocacy efforts through the Washington Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, including the 2014 Emerging Leader Development Program. Since obtaining her OTR/L license in 2016, Josie has practiced as a Clinical OT traveler and lifespan therapist in a variety of United States practice settings, including Post-Acute Care, Outpatient Pediatrics, School-Based Practice, Adult Transition Services, Mobile Outpatient Services, and currently Acute Care Orthopedics and Emerging Practice Development. She is passionate about empowering holistic occupation-based services across every practice setting in the United States with a strong foundation in scientific literacy in alignment with the AOTA 2025 Vision and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy's Commitment to Human Rights.
Where Josie Can be Contacted: (Please allow for up to 48hrs for a response)
Program Philosophy, Mission & Vision
This course design is heavily informed by the philosophy and values of:
Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
This curriculum will provide a remotely accessible transformative learning experience through the combined application of connectivism, transformational learning, narrative learning, social learning, vicarious learning, behaviorism, principles of occupation-centered education, game-based learning models, and established best practices for remote asynchronous online learning with compliance with AOTA’s approved provider guidelines (currently developing a program for future approval) and NBCOT professional development units for online learning communities.
Standards for Completion
Benefits of Completion:
Guidelines for Constructive Dialog/Discussion: (From Professor Rachel Hershberg of the University of Washington Tacoma)
Disability, Accessibility, and Mental Health Accommodation
If you have any kind of disability, whether apparent or non-apparent, learning, emotional, physical, sensory, or cognitive, and you need accommodations or alternatives to lectures, assignments, or exams, please feel free to contact me (via email josiejarvisOT@gmail.com or the purple chat icon in the bottom right corner) to discuss reasonable accommodations for your access needs.
Efforts have been made, when possible, to offer transcription of videos and audio, along with English subtitles, as well as automated adaptation of much of the website through the accessibility widget in the bottom left corner of the course. There are many areas of the course that may not be modified by the widget's functionality. Please contact customer support via the purple chat icon in the bottom right corner if you require an additional modification of a course resource or activity to enable your successful participation and learning in the course.
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Materials in this course—unless otherwise indicated—are protected by United States copyright law [Title 17, U.S. Code]. Materials are presented in an educational context for personal use and study and should not be shared, distributed, or sold in print—or digitally—outside the course without permission.
As a student, your ability to post or link to copyrighted material is also governed by United States copyright law. The law allows for students to post or link to copyrighted materials within the course environment when the materials are pertinent to course work. Instructors—or other staff of the institution—reserve the right to delete or disable your post or link if, in their judgment, it would involve a violation of copyright law.
Financial and Non-Financial Interests
The course facilitator and course platform are not currently receiving any financial compensation related to this course or any of the resources promoted within the course. Many of the specialists who have been interviewed in this course may be affiliated with publications that they receive compensation for outside of this course and platform. While efforts have been made to include a diverse representation of perspectives related to Occupational Science, the course facilitator (Josephine Jarvis) has been limited by bias toward publications in the English language. Many of the interviews included in this course were facilitated through personal and professional networking events and may not represent a wholly representative selection of perspectives of occupational science worldwide. As an introductory course, we encourage students to develop broader and deeper learning beyond this course for appreciation for a diversity of perspectives and orientation to perspectives on occupational science and occupational therapy throughout the globe.
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This course has been made possible by the support and investment of countless educators, mentors, colleagues, clients, family members, and friends throughout my life this project was supported in development by contributors of the University of Utah Capstone Project Committee: