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Turkish Erasmus Professor visits King's Physiotherapy

The Academic Department of Physiotherapy hosted an Erasmus visitor earlier this month: Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Şebnem Avci from Abant İzzet Baysal University in Bolu, Turkey.

The purpose of her trip was to compare and contrast physiotherapy educational models and curricula between her home institution and King’s, with the aim of discovering new learning approaches to implement within her university’s physiotherapy programmes.

During her three-day visit she met with Dr Lindsay Bearne, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, to discuss how research underpins and is embedded into the pre-registration and postgraduate programmes at King’s. 

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Assistant Professor Avci explored the Department’s use of technology enhanced learning with Teaching Fellow and researcher James Alexander, who demonstrated the range of online opportunities available to support student learning.

She commented: ‘I observed lectures, seminars and practical teaching. I asked questions and received really enlightening and fruitful information to take back to my colleagues in Bolu. Having the vast majority of course materials online and available to students is fantastic, we have nothing like this yet at our school.

‘Everything was organised perfectly and everyone I met was so helpful and friendly, I really enjoyed being here.’

Assistant Professor Avci gave a presentation to the Physiotherapy Department where she shared details of academic life at Abant İzzet Baysal University and discussed the notable differences in physiotherapy educational provision she’d witnessed during her stay. She observed that the recruitment strategies for potential students utilised by King’s are: ‘Very unlike methods used at home. Only academic test scores are used to select students as opposed to the multiple factors being taken into consideration at King’s.’