Impact of 3D Printing on Occupational Therapy Student Technology Efficacy

Kimberly Davis, Laura Gurney
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Abstract


This study examines a mixed methods experiment, evaluating the impact of 3D printing on Occupational Therapy student’s self-reported technology efficacy levels, before and after an educational module focused on 3D printing technology. Utilizing free and online software and university owned 3D printers, students were challenged to create client centered assistive devices. Software included free computer aided drafting software, slicing software, and an online design repository. Copyright and attribution licensing concepts were also addressed for design modification considerations and use in clinical settings. Participants explored adaptations of 3D designs to meet individualized client needs and integration of rehabilitative theories. Project-based implementation of 3D printing with ‘real world’ clients created increased student ‘buy-in’ and engagement. Participants were recruited from private, rural, higher education, occupational therapy students in pre-clinical lab courses. Comparisons between student groups exposed to 3D printing and a control group without exposure are assessed using quantitative and qualitative data. The control group expressed interest in further technology education in their field. Students show significant increases in technology focused self-efficacy between participant groups.

Keywords


3D printing, Interdisciplinary, Technology, Occupational therapy

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Davis, K. & Gurney, L. (2021). Impact of 3D printing on occupational therapy student technology efficacy. International Journal of Technology in Education and Science (IJTES), 5(4), 571-586. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijtes.278




DOI: https://doi.org/10.46328/ijtes.278

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