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Professor Margaret Lily, Senior Lecturer Maria Prellwitz, Professor Virginia Dickie and Assistant Professor Gunilla Isaksson.

Online Course with an international perspective

Published: 24 February 2015

For a few years, research and education in occupational therapy have collaborated with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. Now a joint interdisciplinary online course is planned, which will focus on people's participation based on different life situations.

Virginia Dickie is a world-renowned researcher in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina. She has over 1.5 years been involved in both teaching and research in occupational therapy at Luleå University of Technology. She is one of the initiators of the online course, which will focus on people's participation based on different life situations. The course is given on master and doctoral level and starts in January 2016.

– The concept of participation is more frequently used, and this is the first time that Luleå University of Technology provides a full course on the subject, says Margareta Lilja, professor in occupational therapy.

Visits and video conferencing

External Funding has been obtained from The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, to initiate collaboration in occupational therapy between the two universities. In October last year, Margareta Lilja and some colleagues went to the University of North Carolina to begin the cooperation. Since then, a number of videoconferences have been held and in June, representatives from Chapel Hill will visit Luleå University of Technology.

Learning from each other

The cooperation with Virginia Dickie and the University of North Carolina means a lot for both research and education in occupational therapy at Luleå University of Technology.

– Virginia has a large worldwide network that we have access to. Our ambition is to continue our cooperation and that we in the future can write research applications and articles together. Hopefully in the long-term, the cooperation may involve the entire Department of Health Sciences, says Margareta Lilja.

– Occupational therapy at The University of North Carolina has a strong research focus on children while here at the university in Luleå it has stronger research on elderly and rehabilitation for adults. I see this as a good platform for further cooperation where we can learn much from each other, says Virginia Dickie.