I’m an Associate Professor and Departmental Chair in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) where I conduct research into the use of digital technologies in the classroom and their influence on teacher and student relationships. My Ph.D. evaluated the use of technology-mediated practices for clinical education and led to the development of design principles for blended learning environments in health profession education. More recently I have been developing an area of research on the impact of artificial intelligence in clinical practice and health professions education. I believe that machine learning will have an important influence on clinical decision-making and that the 21st-century healthcare agenda should not be driven solely by the values of governments, private venture capitalists and software developers in the global north.
I am the editor of OpenPhysio, a new open access journal with a focus on physiotherapy education that aims to challenge traditional assumptions about academic publication and research dissemination. I am also the co-founder of In Beta, an international community of practice that aims to develop a series of conversations around the practice-based experiences of physiotherapy educators from around the world.
I love technology. No, seriously. In ways that some people may consider to be disturbed. I prefer winter to summer. I read a lot with the intention of learning how to be less wrong. I like mountain biking and would like to do it more often but the reality is that mountains are steep and getting up early on the weekend is a hassle. I have completed 13 independent skydives and 2 bungee jumps. I have wrestled a crocodile.
relating to critical physiotherapy (about 100 words): I’m interested in the value of a critical pedagogy to think differently about the taken-for-granted assumptions we have about how to approach higher and professional education.
Any other thoughts about you and the CPN: I’m inspired by the diversity of ideas that are shared and discussed by network members. Even if I don’t always agree with the perspectives being shared, I find that I’m constantly challenged to re-evaluate what I accept as “ground truth”.
Relevant critical publications:
Rowe, M. (2018). A critical pedagogy for online learning in physiotherapy education. In Gibson, B., Nicholls, D., Setchell, J. & Synne Groven, K. (Eds.) Manipulating practices: A critical physiotherapy reader. Cappelen Damm Akademisk, Norway.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Current position: Associate Professor and Departmental Chair, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape