Students desire more hands-on learning outside the classroom. Students identified significant value in community-engaged learning opportunities to utilize skills across the occupational therapy process. The community partner felt supported by OTD students. The needs of the community partner were identified. Students and staff decided an art mural would enhance the outdoor leisure space and promote engagement among participants. The redesigned space was anticipated to increase participation outdoors and the likelihood of increased sun exposure. Sun safety posters were placed by the back door. The overall response to the finished project was overwhelmingly positive from academic faculty, program staff and participants.
Community-Engaged Learning, Aging, Engagement
Analyze ways students benefit from community-engaged learning in the OTD curriculum.
Generate a list of how a community can benefit from community engaged learning in the OTD curriculum.
Describe how an outdoor mural can promote leisure engagement among aging adults.
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