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Presented at:

Collaborating Across Borders, III

Interprofessional Collaboration:

From Concept to Preparation to Practice

November 19 - 21, 2011

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Tucson, Arizona USA


Background/ Rationale: It has been established that Interprofessional Education (IPE) offers a solution to foster teamwork and improve patient care and should be implemented early in professional role development. Thomas Jefferson University has been providing IPE to interprofessional healthcare students for over 5 years. A long term strategic goal was identified to “create innovative learning environments that support interprofessional education including state-of-the-art technologies”. In actualizing this goal, the curriculum was enhanced with technology supported collaborative learning techniques to assist in group processing and reflection. Combining traditional IPE activities with technology supported components incorporated the advantages of both delivery methods, such as the richness face to face interactions promote and the ease of engagement, depth of discussion, and time on task that technology supported interactions encourage. Technology-mediated communication afforded students greater flexibility, additional reflection time, and encouraged enhanced collaboration among students.

Description: This demo will explore how integrating innovative technology into an IPE curriculum can encourage collaboration and facilitate IPE using the media of 1) asynchronous online discussions for reflection, 2) social network wiki sites to assist in the completion and collaboration of group assignments, and 3) online survey data collection to evaluate effective group functioning. The technology tools to enhance collaborative learning outcomes included features of a Learning Management System (Blackboard®) such as:

1. an asynchronous discussion board that enabled students to participate by posting messages to multiple and concurrent topics of discussion,

2. a wiki tool that allowed students to complete, edit, and view assignments and projects,

3. an online team performance survey that assessed team performance to encourage effective group processing and team building.

Brief overview: The demonstration will involve showcasing the web based Blackboard course shell used as the platform for the technologies. Examples of completed wiki’s, discussion forums, surveys, and data will be reviewed and shared.