TIMELINE

REPORT ON MIDTERM MEETING HELD ON 28.09.2021

On 28.09.2021 there was a Midterm meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project (Erasmus + program), which was organized by Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany) for the project consortium: Silesian University of Technology (SUT, Poland), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and. Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland). The meeting was held via zoom. The main objectives of the meeting were: (a) to discuss the results of the surveys and focus groups organized in all countries (b) to discuss and agree on the tasks and deadlines set by each partner (c) to define how the IO2 task will be implemented. Below is the agenda and the main outcomes of each agenda item:

  1. Introductory issue. Scope of midterm meeting
    • UzL opened the meeting, welcomed the participants.
    • UzL presented the meeting agenda and the scope of the Midterm meeting
  1. Report of the first Multiplier Event
    • SUT reported on the first Multiplier Event.
  2. Dissemination report (presentation of dissemination activities done by each partner)
    • Each partner submitted a Dissemination report for the period June 2021-August 2021.
  3. Status quo: what are the main outcomes from our research activities so far?
    • SUT presented the main results of the survey and the main results of the focus group interviews from each country
    • SUT presented the main outcomes of the project: 1. Definition of the training requirements with the use of international surveys (online questionnaire – at least 100 participants , interviews with therapists authorities, systemic review of existing learning programs in physiotherapy, especially in gait domain, data analysis); 2 Definition of the learning objectives; 3 Definition of the structure and specification of SMARTherapy+ tool;  4 Definition of educational methods and forms; 5 Developing an innovative project of curriculum in the field of gait physiotherapy.
    • SUT has proposed areas of medicine in which case studies will be conducted: orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics.
    • SUT presented and discussed the course structure.

     5. Discussion:

  • How are these results being used to develop the SMARTherapy+ curriculum (I01)
  • How will the curriculum be implemented when developing the training contents (IO2)
  1. Proposition of IO2 tasks’ schedule and discussion
  2. Management and financial aspects
  • PC discussed the key issues related to the project budget.
  1. Impact aspects
  • SUT presented the spectrum of dissemination activities:
  • ME1: Presentation of the curriculum and educational methods of SMARTherapy+ tool
  • ME2: Workshop on interactive SMARTherapy+ tool
  • ME3: Implementation of SMARTherapy+ tool into learning process at higher education
  1. Quality plan and first report; Establishing technical guidelines for material sourcing
  • AWF presented the Quality Plan that was developed.
  1. Questions & Discussion
  2. Steering Committee Meeting
  3. End of meeting

XVIII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASPECTS OF PRODUCTION ENGINEERING MAPE 2021

  • When: 14-17.09.2021         
  • Where: Zamość, Poland

The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences between specialists in production engineering, environmental management, production organization, health care, diagnostics and information systems, as well as to present research results and their practical application. Project members promoted and presented the results of the SMARTherapy+ project during this event.

“ZABRZE NOT ONLY FOR THE WEEKEND”

  • When: 10-11.07.2021         
  • Where: Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland

“Zabrze not only for the weekend” was the motto of the event that took place on 10-11 July 2021, at Ogrodzieniec Castle – the largest and one of the most famous buildings of its kind in Silesia, and the most popular of all castles on the Eagles’ Nests Trail.

Thanks to this two-day event, tourists from all over Poland visiting Ogrodzieniec Castle had the opportunity to see the results of the SMARTherapy+ project.

SEMINAR ON THE RESULTS OF A PROJECT

  • When: 26.06.2021         
  • Where: Bydgoszcz, online                                           

Seminar on the results of a project titled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe”  SMARTherapy+
under a patronage
of the Rector of University of Bydgoszcz
of the Rector of Khmelnytskyi National University

Link to the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/98068195766

COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL ENTITIES FOR THE PROJECT

On 15.03.2021 the framework agreement no. 118/ROZ0/RR4/2021 was concluded between the Silesian University of Technology and University of Bydgoszcz, one of the aims of which is cooperation of the parties for the implementation of the project “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+), no. 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292.

Priorities of the cooperation include organizing workshops and trainings as well as consultations and exchange of scientific information and experience in the field of advanced technologies in health care.

On 19.05.2021 at the Faculty of Organization and Management of Silesian University of Technology took place an official meeting inaugurating cooperation in the above mentioned scope. The meeting was attended by: representative of the Rector of Bydgoszcz University of Technology, Piotr Bojar, PhD, Manager of the SMARTherapy+ project, Joanna Bartnicka, PhD and Dean of the Faculty of Organization and Management, Prof. Jan Kaźmierczak.

RESULTS OF THE MIDTERM MEETING

On 14.05.2021 a Midterm meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project (Erasmus + programme) took place, which was attended by the project coordinator, Silesian University of Technology (SUT, Poland), participated together with the  Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany), and the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland).

The main objective of the project is the development of an innovative comprehensive and homogeneous in European level educational tool available online for teachers and students of medical health higher schools. Particularly the purpose of this educational tool is to provide  the possibility to create the high quality gait physiotherapy learning procedures, based on the up-to-date knowledge of physiotherapy and the modern & smart methodologies for effective forms of teaching. Training content will be developed focusing on the main interest areas of the health professionals in Europe, especially those involved in gait physiotherapy.

In this meeting they have dealt with issues related to the work done so far, mainly with the organization of discussion groups and the developing of a curriculum, activities aimed at detecting training needs on gait physiotherapy in the university context.

In addition, during the meeting the structure and content of the training materials to be developed within the framework of the project were exposed. On the other hand, different aspects related to the dissemination of the project, exploitation and quality have been commented.

The Erasmus + SMARTherapy+ project will provide free access teaching materials for the generation of training activities in gait physiotherapy assessment in medical schools.

COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL ENTITIES FOR THE PROJECT

  • Khmelnitsky National University

On 13.04.2021 a meeting was held on establishing cooperation between the Silesian University of Technology and Khmelnitsky National University in the implementation of the international project SMARTherapy+.

Present at the meeting:

From the side of Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organization and Management:

  • Joanna Bartnicka, Vice Dean for Education, SMARTherapy+ project manager
  • Agnieszka Ziętkiewicz

From the side of Khmelnytsky National University:

  • Oleg Polishchuk, Cooperation Coordinator, Director of the Ukrainian-Polish Center for European Integration
  • Serhiy Matyukh Prorector for Science and Didactics
  • Oleg Bazilchuk, Head of Department of Physiotherapy, ErgoTherapy

During the discussion, potential areas of cooperation were identified:

co-organization of a remote seminar presenting the topics of the project. The seminar should be attended by, among others, employees and students of the physiotherapy department of the above mentioned University. The aim of the seminar is to discuss the assumptions of the project and to conduct a series of lectures presenting knowledge in the field of gait physiotherapy. The seminar would also plan to discuss issues in response to the growing need for gait physiotherapy, which arises from three important phenomena:

1) Unhealthy, including sedentary lifestyles and the so-called kinesiophobia, or fear of pain due to movement.

2 ) An aging population. Age is a factor that increases the risk of gait dysfunction, such as slower gait or increased gait variability. These changes are further compounded by visual disturbances and an increased risk of falls, which can eventually lead to severe injuries.

3) The large number and variety of disease cases in both children and adults requiring intensive and professional gait rehabilitation. Within the framework of the seminar it is also planned to have an open discussion about the needs of gait physiotherapy not only in Poland, but also in Ukraine, and the whole European Union. It is important because there are no European standards of physiotherapist profession ensuring maximum safety and high quality of the therapy on the same level, there are no harmonized guidelines and standards in this field. There are also no commonly available and standardized didactic materials about gait physiotherapy.

Cooperation within Focus Group: participation of physiotherapy experts – employees of Khmelnitsky National University in the meeting on identification of training needs in the field of gait physiotherapy. The meeting of experts would be held remotely. The estimated duration of the meeting is about 1 h, and the preferred language remains to be agreed upon.

We conduct an expert interview questionnaire

which aims to identify educational needs in gait physiotherapy in Europe

The interview questionnaire was developed for the international project “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (nr 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292) funded by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education programme, Action 2, Year 2020, which is implemented by: Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany), Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland).
The answers obtained in the survey will be analysed in statistical summaries and will be used to develop a professional course in gait physiotherapy, as well as for research purposes.
Manner of conducting the interview: remotely using information technology to ensure recording and identification of the expert.

Focus group participants: physiotherapy experts.

Summary conclusion of the survey questionnaire

Thank you to all participants and institutions participating in the research!

The survey was addressed to academic teachers, specialists in the field of gait physiotherapy, and also to physiotherapy students supplementing their knowledge in the field of gait recovery.
The research was aimed to identify educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy in Europe. The respondents represented mainly project partners countries (Poland, Germany and Italy). Moreover, thanks to the participation of affiliated organisations, the sample was extended to other European countries.

Actuallu, we are in the process of conducting a qualitative-quantitative analysis of the research results.

Survey Questionnaire – Identifying educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy in Europe

We would appreciate it if you could take this 10-min survey, aiming to identify educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy in Europe.
The survey is addressed to academic teachers, specialists in the field of gait physiotherapy, and also to physiotherapy students supplementing their knowledge in the field of gait recovery.
The survey was developed within the framework of the international project entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (No. 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292) financed by the Erasmus+ Programme Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Action 2, 2020.
The partners of the project are the Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitaet zu Luebeck (Germany), Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education (Poland).
The survey is anonymous. The responses will be analysed statistically and synthesized in text and graphics. The results will help to define the subsequent steps of the research project aiming to provide a professional course on gait physiotherapy.

Survey in English language

Survey in Polish language

Survey in Italian language

Survey in German language

KICKOFF MEETING SMARTherapy+

Kickoff meeting was organized by Silesian University of Technology (SUT) on 19th November 2020 via zooma.eu. The main objectives of the meeting were: (a) to get to know the purpose and scope of the project by all participants from partner institutions (b) to discuss and agree on the tasks and deadlines set by each partner (c) to establish the Steering Committee and its responsibilities. The list of participants in the meeting included representatives of each partner: Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Universität zu Lübeck (UzL), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (FPM), Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education (AWF). The following is the agenda and the main results of each agenda item:

1. Welcome. Introductory issue. Scope of the kick-off meeting.

– The PC Project Coordinator opened the meeting, welcomed the participants and asked everyone to introduce themselves.

– The PC presented the meeting agenda and the scope of the kick-off meeting.

2. Brief presentation of the meeting participants and partner organizations.

– Each partner introduced the organization they represent.

3. Presentation of the aim and scope of the project

– PC presented the main objective of the project which is to develop an innovative, open and homogeneous at European level educational tool dedicated to the higher education system in health.  And the strategic objectives are: to reform the teaching methods and approach of secondary schools to medical education, which are based on the practical acquisition of knowledge from real and diverse physiotherapy cases. Adapting education to the digital age: the challenge is not only to provide current and future generations with technical skills related to new technologies, but also to build a new culture of collaboration, especially in critical conditions such as the current pandemics. Adapting new skills that provide opportunities to implement telemedicine-based therapeutic solutions.

4. Each of the Partners responsible for a specific part of the project presented the objectives, scope, tasks to be performed in the future: intellectual products and tasks, results, events.

– Partners decided to divide the tasks as follows:

  • WP1 Definition and standardization of SMARTherapy+ curriculum (Leader SUT)
  • WP2 Development and implementation of training content into SMARTherapy+ tool (Leader AWF)
  • WP3 Performance of preparatory course for physiotherapy teachers (Leader UzL)
  • WP5 Dissemination (Leader SUT)
  • WP6 Explotation of the course (Leader FPM)
  • WP7 Project management (Leader SUT)

5. Management and financial aspects

– PC presented the budget after adjustments made by the National Agency and defined the dates for the internal reports (every 6 months) and for the National Agency (interim report 15/01/2022; final report 60 days after the end of the project).

– The PC proposed a payment schedule, which are written in the grant agreement. Each Partner has agreed to it and has signed the Partnership Agreement.

6. Presentation of dissemination, exploitation, quality and impact aspects

– SUT presented the spectrum of dissemination activities:

ME1:  Presentation of the curriculum and educational methods of SMARTherapy+ tool

ME2: Workshop on interactive SMARTherapy+ tool

ME3:  Implementation of SMARTherapy+ tool into learning process at higher education

7. Establishing Steering Committee

It was agreed that the Steering Committee will consist of one person from each unit implementing the project. In accordance with the decision taken at the meeting, the Steering Committee is composed as follows: Joanna Bartnicka (SUT), Andrzej Myśliwiec (AWF), Esteban E. Pavan (FPM), Kerstin Lüdtke (UzL).

8. Presentation of the tasks in progress (T1.1) and discussion

– T1.1. online questionnaire, interviews with therapists authorities, systemic review of existing learning programs in physiotherapy, especially in gait domain, data analysis: (a) Preparation of questionnaire, (b) Conducting international survey, (c) Preparation of Focus group guide, (d) Conducting focus group panels with external experts to identify main objectives, procedures and possible structure of SMARTherapy+

-SUT presented a schedule for the task.

9. Close of the meeting

START PROJECT

The project entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+), No. 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292, obtained funding after applying to the Erasmus+ Call 2020 Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships in the field of Higher Education- strategic partnerships for innovation. The application received the highest scores, and was ranked first among all applications approved for funding.
The project is coordinated by the Silesian University of Technology. The group of project partners includes Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany), and the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland).
The project will be implemented in 27 months, from 01/11/2020 to 31/01/2023, and the granted amount funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union is EUR 253,260.

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