How IDS Paved My Future

Since I was in high school I wanted my career to be in a field where I could benefit the lives of other I did not want to live life just making money. My mother recently went back to college and got her master’s degree; now she is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She works with people of all ages that need a little more help to live a normal life just like everyone else. This is why I choose to go into my program of Pre-Occupational Therapy. I not only wanted to fulfil my dreams of working in a field that helps others, but to also be able to follow in the footsteps of my wonderful mother. Pre-Occupational Therapy is a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. These actives are designed to help people in need to be able to fulfill their goals in life whether they are trying to get a job or to go to work. No other major at PSU could meet the needs of Pre-Occupational Therapy because there so many prerequisite classes that are needed from many disciplines. Plymouth State University simply does not offer the standard major of Occupational Therapy (OT).

Pre-Occupational Therapy requires many courses from many disciplines that a contract had to be formed. This contract contains courses mostly from the disciplines of biology and psychology. This is due to having to know a lot about a patient’s body, their psychological state, and their disabilities that are limiting them from having a normal life. The first course in the contract is IS2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. This course is one of the key building blocks to my own major. It builds a structure opportunity to frame and plan a deliberate and thoughtful interdisciplinary program of study. My next course in my contact is IS4420 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar. This course is closely related to the IDS Intro class and is the other key building block to my major. This course is in my contract because it gives me a chance as a senior to reflect. When I am older and ready to graduate I get a chance to look back at my accomplishments and even my failures. Through this I am able to celebrate what I did and learn from what I could have done better. This course will teach me what it really means to be an educated person and how to take what I have learned and apply it into the real working world.

The next class on my contract is PE2731 Motor Development. In this course I will examine and analyze changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes, and the factors that affect them. This is greatly important to my program because as an Occupational Therapist we need to understand the underlying process of the development of motor functions and how those functions can relate to mental or physical disabilities. The next course in the contract is PE3270 Motor Learning. In Motor Learning I will be examining the theoretical foundations and related literature that underlie the learning, performing, and retention of motor skills with implications for teaching, coaching, and physical rehabilitation. This course is very key to my program; OT is about taking our knowledge, and sharing and teaching that information to those with disabilities so they can have a normal structured life. Continuing on the list the next course on the contract is PE3570 Kinesiology. In this course I will be studying the application of biomechanical principles and concepts to human movement. The course examines both qualitative and quantitative perspectives of muscular movement, the mechanics and analysis of human motion. This class in a fundamental class to all health sciences programs. In OT when working with a patient with a motor disability knowing how the body moves and what the mechanics of the movements are is extremely important. We need to understand what is happening and why the body is moving in certain ways to fully understand the disability.

The next course on the contract is PS2010 General Psychology. This will help me understand psychology as a scientific study. Having this knowledge is key to understanding the brain and how we think. While treating other we need to know what they are thinking and how they feel; this is important so we can design our intervention around the patient. The next course is PS2010 Lifespan Development Psychology. This course teaches the principles underlying physical, cognitive, emotional and social development through the life-span. Life is very crazy and unpredictable. OT’s need to understand predisposing conditions for certain disabilities in life. PS4320 Abnormal Psychology teaches the causes and methods of treatment of the major forms of psychopathology. This may be one of the most important classes on my contract. As an OT our job is to take others with disabilities and be able to recognize their conditions and treat them in the best way possible.  The next course is PS3170 Child Development. This course will hold information about an individual’s process of development from the end of infancy to the beginning of adolescence. The content includes factors affecting intellectual, social and physical development. This is also another key course because this stage of life is a very sensitive period for developing problems throughout life. OT’s also need to treat children so this course is very important. The next course is PS3100 Adult Psychology. The content that this course will hold will be the physical, intellectual, social and ethical development between puberty and adulthood. It is important that we understand the development of the brain and body throughout all stages of life. In the field we will be working with varies populations of patients.

The next course in my contract is S02220 Foundations of Sociology. In this course we will learn and analyze issues that arise from social class, race, gender, religion and politics. This information is needed because we need to understand how the lives and environments of others can relate to certain disabilities. We can use this information to understand and diagnose people of certain environments which than allows us to determine the best treatments.

The next course in my contract is HE3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living. In this course we learn about fundamental concepts of nutrition that are relevant to developing professionals in health field. This course allows me to understand how foods effect healthy living. HE3700 Drug Behavior will help me understand current scientific information regarding the relationship of drugs to mental and physical health. This is another key course to my program of Pre-OT because I will be working with patients that are prescribed varies drugs. Knowing what certain drugs do and when to inform a patient to take certain drugs is key.

The next course is SW3500 Health and Sociology. In this course we will examine current issues and problems in health, illness and health care delivery from a domestic and global perspective. As professionals in the health field I feel as though is a fundamental class we all should take. We need to understand the problems that people face through issues that prevent healthy living. The next course is MA2300 Statistics. This course is my QRCO course and it consist of both descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistics is important to every discipline and its uses when interpreting data. In my program I can use it to understand the evidence supporting OT research.

My next course is BI4780 NeuroBiology. This course examines the function of the nervous system in the brain and body. This course is another key course to my program. As OT’s, we work with people who have disabilities that mostly arise from nervous system dysfunction. It is important to how abnormalities occur in the system. The next class is BI2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. This class is another fundamental class that all health profession need. This course examines the systems with in of the entire human body and how they work. Without this class every other health course I would take I would be lost because I would not have the fundamental information. Lastly the last class on my contract is BI2140 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. This class goes hand in hand with the lecture part of A&P. It is just as important because it allows students to get hands on experience to what they are learning in lecture. Without this lab it would be hard to understand the concepts of the body because there is no visual aid to correspond with the lecture information.

I know that Pre-Occupational Therapy was a very interdisciplinary major, but as I reviewed my contract I got to fully see just how many disciplinaries are incorporated into the program. The major’s key disciplines are biology and psychology, but there are others such as health and math. This is incredible to see because as an interdisciplinary program I believe the more disciplines that are intertwined together the more there is to be learned. I will take all this and mix it together with my previous knowledge to continue my pursuit of an OT degree.

Linda Levy: Athletic Training

In this interview with Linda Levy you will see how every major has interdisciplinary studies some how integrated into their major. Professor Levy speaks on what she teaches, where she went to graduation school, and how she first began to get interest in her field of study. Professor Levy also talks about her research and how she would have to collaborate with other scholars from multiple fields to conduct research and work. She is a firm believer in interdisciplinary studies and goes in depth about how all colleges should have a interdisciplinary program and also how her major Athletic Training has interdisciplinary roots tied into it. Lastly professor Levy opens up a little bit about her personal life explaining what she does in her free time and you can find that what she does can be closes related to her field of Athletic Training.


Interview With Linda Levy

Deandre Wooding, Plymouth State University IDS Major

Majors nowadays are all so specific, even though there are many offered there is no room for personalization; but isnt that the point? If this is what we are going to do for their rest of our lives we should be able to personalize it to our skills with some regulation of the school. I went out to look for a scholar’s option on the topic and I reached out to Professor Linda Levy. Professor Levy is a person I have know since I was a freshmen at Plymouth State University. She was one of my first professor and always was their when I needed assistance.

Linda Levy

I started the interview with asking her what she teaches now; she responded with a combination of course in the Athletic Training field.  These courses were Introduction to Athletic Training, Prevention & Care of Injuries in Active Populations, Administration of Athletic Training/Athletic Training Administration, and the BOC Test Prep/Current Issues in Athletic Training. The following question was in my interest of what she studied in graduation school, she respond with Educational Leadership. This help her build the foundations of being a program director and a department chair; more simply put it helped her know how to be a leader in an educational setting. I then proceed to ask her how she got her interest in Athletic Training (AT). She respond that when she was in undergraduate school she studied physical education because they really didn’t have AT at the time. When she ended up taking a elective class that was like our Prevention and Care class offered here at PSU she feel in love with it and went on by saying she hardly had to study and got A’s. In my mind I was thinking “wow, how lucky”.

In hopes of getting some insight of interdisciplinary studies I asked her if she still does any research and if she does, does she collaborate with people from different fields. Professor Levy responded with that she does not do any research at the moment, but she and other collages back in graduation school conducted research that were doing similar kinds of work. To get more out of the question I asked her what the benefits and challenges of that process was. She said that she got to learn a lot about different points of views and how the other scholars study clinical education. The four of them created a supervisory model of how to teach in a clinical setting and this model has even been cited and place in a textbook. A challenged she faced was that all of them were at different institutions so all the work mostly was conducted electronically. So when they had to show the model at a conference that had to show up hours early to meet face to face and go over the presentation. I asked Professor Levy if she believes that all colleges should offer an  interdisciplinary program. She responded with “I do” and I believe this because in any class you take these courses are with students in other disciplines. These programs help people understand what other students know and their insights from their perspective. Even when you get out in the working world you are going to have to work with people from different programs and this will help you understand the full approach to the problem, whatever that may be. She lastly states that this process is called ” inter-professional education”. Professor Levy herself to this day even conducts interdisciplinary; she is on the IDS counsel and is an advisory to many IDS students. Still on the topic of interdisciplinary work I asked her what she thought were the best courses someone in the Athletic Training major should take outside of their major. She proceed to say even though PSU has a AT prefix there are still many course outside this prefix. These classes consist of general medical information that can be taught from a non AT point of view, nutrition classes, and pharmacology. She made a last remark about how its very similar to the whole sports medicine umbrella; that sports medicine has all these different spokes on it that need to work together.

To finish up my interview I wanted to get to know Professor Levy a little bit more outside of the educational setting and to see if what she did outside of academics some how came back into her interest of Athletic Training. I proceeded to ask her what her favorite pass time actives were. She responded “oh boy, that depends on the season”. I like to ride my motorcycle, I like to curl , golf, ski, go up to my camp and boat, and honestly just be out in the snow no matter what i’m doing. She said that she doesn’t really have a favorite, I guess it just depends on the day. With all these activities she enjoys doing I noticed a pattern of them all being outdoors and staying active. Which makes perfect sense to me because that is connected and intertwined with what she really loves to do and that is teach Athletic Training.

Overall this was a great interview with Linda Levy to the point where it felt like more of a conversation than an interview. It was interesting to get a scholars point of view on interdisciplinary studies and I will defiantly keep this conversation in the back of my head as I go through the rest of my schooling.






Domain And Technology Readings

These three posts all worked together and are related to advancement in technology and how these advancements can help our education system. They mainly focus on the topic of a personal web domain/blog for students to work and learn from. These web domains allow a student to specifically learn the best way for them and allow them to work more in-depth on their own subject they are studying. This works well for our IDS education because it creates a platform for us to be specific about our own subject and have a database that we can keep for the rest of our career because the information is not stuck in a school based sever. Aubrey Watters quote of “Contrary to what happens at most schools, where a student’s work exists only inside a learning management system and cannot be accessed once the semester is over – the domain and all its content are the student’s to take with them. It is, after all, their education, their intellectual development, their work”. The domains also help get away from the normal boring school setting, in “Do I Own My Domain if You Grade It” Andrew Rikard states “The web is a network for conversations, and if students still see their audience as a teacher with a red pen, then nothing changes”. I think this semester we will be learning in a entirely new way which I am excited about. We will have more personalized and fun learning in comparison to the standard way. Overall I thought the articles made good points in the fact that with Moore’s Law as technology keeps growing we as a society and education system have to grow with it.