Building interprofessional learning sustainability: development and evaluation of an interprofessional learning placement resource
The workplace setting is ideal for health care students on placement to develop interprofessional competencies through relevant, authentic and engaging interprofessional learning (IPL) experiences. Stand-alone structured IPL programs, where the primary focus is on IPL, are often labour intensive, logistically difficult to timetable and challenging to sustain. A practical, scalable and sustainable approach to promoting IPL is to build IPL experiences into each discipline’s regular placements. Thus, IPL becomes part of usual placement practice, rather than being treated separately. This approach capitalizes on currently under-utilized informal IPL opportunities within the workplace. We have used an educational design research methodology to develop and evaluate a stakeholder-informed set of authentic, practical and relevant IPL activities for use by students and their educators when on placement. Through an iterative cyclic process utilizing surveys, focus groups, workshops and interviews with students, placement site educators and academics, we have developed a publicly available interactive website containing the IPL activities. Student learning data are captured via an online form at https://health-ipl.sydney.edu.au/. Importantly, we have extracted a set of design principles that enable others to build on the learnings from this study. Future analytic data collected from our website will enable this approach to IPL to have impact in the longer term.
Article submitted: 3/10/2018
Article accepted: 26/11/2018
Publish date: 17/12/2018
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