NWHSU leaders, staffers to present at London conference

Rob Karwath for NWHSU | October 24, 2018

NWHSU will be well represented at the 10th Education Conference of the World Federation of Chiropractic and the Association of Chiropractic this week in London.

Northwestern Health Sciences University will be well represented at the 10th Education Conference of the World Federation of Chiropractic and the Association of Chiropractic, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday in London.

Northwestern interim President and CEO Deb Bushway is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Thursday at the international meeting. Her message will focus on innovation in competency-based chiropractic education.

Bushway is one of the world’s top authorities on competency-based education. She recently co-authored a book, “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education.” Earlier this year, she also testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions as part of an effort to inform Congress on the subject as it considers changing its oversight in this area.

Competency-based education is an approach to learning that focuses on the knowledge, skills and abilities that students must master rather than simply the amount of time they spend in class, often measured by credit hours.

In a fast-changing world, competency-based education has been discussed as one solution to allow students to make progress toward degrees quicker and at less cost based on their demonstrated competencies in certain areas rather than solely based on a courses-and-credit-hours approach.

The World Federation of Chiropractic represents chiropractors in 88 countries and has an official affiliation with the World Health Organization. The Association of Chiropractic Colleges is the primary network of chiropractic higher education institutions. It also works to promote the work of chiropractic in contributing to worldwide health and wellness.

The three-day worldwide conference is for “educators, academics, association leaders, students and anyone with an interest in chiropractic education,” the organizations say.

“We encourage you to join us in showcasing the leadership that thrives within the international chiropractic educational community, and inspiring the students of today to become the chiropractors of
tomorrow,” the groups say in their statement welcoming participants.

They add: “In an age where collaborative, patient-centered care is championed, we are delighted to invite thought leaders from outside chiropractic to bring new teaching and learning perspectives, future-focused innovations and groundbreaking technologies to the educational arena.”

In addition to Bushway, also representing Northwestern at the conference are:

  • Michelle Maiers, Northwestern’s executive director of research and policy, who will moderate a panel about building consensus on sustainability in chiropractic education. Maiers recently was named to the Executive Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which manages the daily affairs of the organization. Maiers also is scheduled to speak at the conference on building public health competencies in chiropractic as well as on mentoring.
  • Beth Antoine, a clinical fellow in Northwestern’s Human Performance Center, who will speak on preparing chiropractors to enter the world of sports and providing health care for athletes.
  • Paul Osterbauer, an associate professor of chiropractic, who will discuss how chiropractors’ retention of skills is affected by force-sensing feedback.
  • Noni Threinen, an adjunct professor of chiropractic, who will speak on differences in online and face-to-face learning as well as on enhancing student learning and engagement through technology and course design.
  • Dung Mao, an instructional designer and educational technology specialist. They will present together on differences in online and face-to-face learning as well as on enhancing student learning and engagement through technology and course design.

More information about the three-day conference is available here.

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