Before you begin

This website includes a number of videos and audio files to supplement the information and guidance.

As these files are rather large, you will need to have a broadband connection or an appropriate data plan for your mobile device in order to view them properly. A "dial up" connection cannot deliver the material at sufficient speed.

Using the Site

The site has primarily been developed with the needs of occupational therapy practice educators in mind and has a strong emphasis on practical application - "What do I have to know/do to use the SPEF-R© properly?"

Consequently the training package is organised into three modules containing critical information and actions needed at different times throughout students' practice placements.

It is recommended that you systematically work your way from module one to module three. You may complete the training individually, with other colleagues, or perhaps within the context of a workshop.

It will be helpful to have your copy of the SPEF-R© Package to refer to as you go. Navigation bars, more information boxes and the search function will help you locate specific information quickly if the need arises. Each web page is print friendly. You will also find:

  • links to useful websites and additional readings
  • short vignettes which expand and highlight key information 
  • activity sheets to accompany vignettes to help you identify and apply current evaluation and feedback principles 
  • audio recordings of responses to Frequently Asked Questions with links to transcripts

Connect to the multi-media clips to see how using the SPEF-R© may play out in real life! If your computer does not support these resources, as an alternative you can click on the link to read the scripts of the FAQs.

For ease of reading, students have been referred to singularly as either he or she in alternating sections throughout the site. It is recognised that practice educators will often have more than one student at a time.

You may wish to read an introduction and welcome to the site by Associate Professor Sylvia Rodger.

Site evaluation

Please spend a few minutes completing the site evaluation when you have finished the package. The link will take you to the survey. The web based Zoomerang© platform ensures your responses will be anonymous so be as honest as you wish. As you work your way through the modules please keep track of any comments and/or suggestions you have for us so that you can be as specific as possible when you complete the evaluation. Your feedback will be used to update and improve the site for future users and is very much appreciated.

The project team

Merrill Turpin (Project Leader)
Cate Fitzgerald
Sylvia Rodger
Judy Jones
Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland

Clair Hughes
Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), The University of Queensland


This website was established by Web Services of The University of Queensland in consultation with the project team. The team would like to acknowledge funding received from The University of Queensland Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant Scheme which made the development of this training web site possible.

The project team would like to thank Alice Schwarz Brunold, Design and Desktop Publishing, The University of Queensland (Gatton) and Gayle Paltridge, web designer, for transforming our content drafts into the format you have on your screen. The team would also like to thank the following colleagues who participated in the production of the multi media resources, Sharon Alexis, Clara Chan, David Dickson, Cate Fitzgerald, Nick Flynn, Sue Holley, Anne-Marie Hunter, Judy Jones, Chrisdell McLaren, Anne Poulsen, Helen Uhlman, Melody Webb and the actors who played occupational therapy students, Alice Andrewartha, Jordan Fitzgerald, Richard Moore and Natasha Pizzica.