Virtual Service Learning: An Exploration into How Physical Therapy Students Make Meaning of Professional Skill Development Online

Pamela Donlan, Ann Golub-Victor


This study explores the perceived effect of a virtual service-learning (SL) experience upon the development of professional skills among physical therapist students. A qualitative case study approach was used to analyze reflection papers through the lens of the constructivist learning theory. Data revealed that virtual SL strengthens communication, fosters adaptability, and cultivates leadership practices. Findings suggest that virtual SL may be less likely to enhance certain affective skills that are crucial to patient centered care.


physical therapy, professional skills, virtual service learning, reflection

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