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Different ways to run an OPTEACH EDUCATION SESSION

There are important principles underlying OPTEACH, but it is a flexible approach that can be amended to suit your setting or requirements. The format can be adapted or adjusted to use technology or not. For example, the following could all be run as OPTEACH educational sessions:

  • A tutorial group in which students are video-recorded interacting with the older person and reviewing the video to critique their own skills (see Example 1)
  • Creating a role play in a clinical setting (teaching laboratory) for students to analyse (see Example 2)
  • Using a previously recorded video with a couple in their home, to assist the learners to identify social and environmental factors that impact on care needs (see Example 3)
  • An individual interview with an older person (either live or pre-recorded) in which they discuss their experiences or views on a given topic (see Example 4)
  • Using photos of age related changes, medical treatments or events experienced by an older person, which provide rich learning opportunities especially from a clinical perspective (see Example 5)
  • Writing case studies of the lived experience of an older person which can highlight the context of ageing over the lifespan (see Example 6)

Each of these formats has their own strengths and limitations. Click on the pathways box below to find out more, and get information that will help you make the most of the learning opportunities.

In order to build your confidence in using technology in OPTEACH formats, an experienced videographer, Matt Olsen, shares his expertise on working with older people.