Open Forum - Educational Conferences
During the past decade Osteopathy in Europe has been expanding at an enormous speed. There is a strong trend towards university validated courses, requiring a constant improvement of the quality of Osteopathic Education.
Most schools are striving for growth and improvement on their own and with limited resources whereas cooperation and exchange can help us to learn from each other and take the profession to a new, academic level together. Based on this idea OsEAN has launched the "Open Forum" conferences for osteopathic Education in 2009: in a cooperative atmoshpere schools are sharing new concepts and best practice - rather than reinventing the wheel again and again in each school and each country.
In February 2010 the OsEAN schools have launched a European student exchange project: During an evaluation period of 2 years it will be possible for the students of the OsEAN schools to spend up to 7 days at any other school, attending courses and/or a teaching clinic.
There will be no extra charges for the foreign course but of course, costs for travel and accommodation will apply.
Language skills of the host school’s language is obviously useful, in some cases it might be possible to have another student at the receiving school helping out as a translator, or to attend courses that are delivered in English.
In the past osteopathy was often taught by apprenticeship like a craft: a master of his craft was regarded as a good teacher. Nowadays, in an academic environment that is much more complex, additional skills are required to teach and train students up to 21st century standards.
Recognizing this need for didactic and communicative competence of osteopathic lecturers, the OsEAN member schools have initiated a teachers‘ training programme with the following modules: