Application of Learning Theories to Professional Practice


About the Course 
The purpose of this basic, introductory course is to provide a brief discussion about the use of learning theories, a general overview of two learning theories, and discussion of case studies to foster understanding and application. Novice educators or practitioners would benefit from this course as they start to navigate teaching and learning scenarios with students, clients, families, and organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the importance of using theory to guide various teaching and learning experiences throughout professional practice
  • Compare and contrast two contemporary learning theories.
  • Apply contemporary learning theories to professional practice and education
  • Recall teaching and learning strategies within a case study about professional practice 

About the Author  
Whitney Henderson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree [2006] and Master’s degree [2008] in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Clinical Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy [2017] from Creighton University. Whitney possesses experience across a variety of settings primarily treating individuals with neurological conditions. She has been in academia for approximately 8 years and teaches a variety of content related to the evaluation and treatment of adults. She also supervises students in a pro-bono practicum clinic and engages in research related to neurological populations and professional education.  Whitney has a variety of experiences related to teaching and learning.  She has published a book titled Effective Teaching: Instructional Methods and Strategies for Occupational Therapy Education. She has also conducted 4 research projects, published 4 papers, created a 4-part continuing education model, presented more than 10 presentations, and received 1 grant related to teaching and learning topics. Whitney also mentors students in teaching practicums and has implemented many creative methods of teaching [e.g. plickers, podcast creation, TORSH, Flipgrid] throughout her courses. She owns a private consulting company that works with educators to rethink their teaching and learning practices. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a one-hour commitment of time. 
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest* 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (Provider #9118). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition. Florida Board of Occupational Therapy – (Provider #50-4007); Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy; Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; Louisiana State Board Of Medical Examiners; South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy; and Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy.

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