Interprofessional learning and virtual communities: an opportunity for the future

Walsh, Mike and van Soeren, Mary (2012) Interprofessional learning and virtual communities: an opportunity for the future. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 (1). pp. 43-48.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2011.620187

Abstract

As various agencies increasingly advocate interprofessional care (IPC), it is paramount that the educational implications of this approach are considered. Interprofessional learning (IPL) is necessary for IPC and this paper argues that an emerging educational model, narrative-based virtual communities (VCs), meets this goal. We therefore argue for the fusion of narrative pedagogy with the VC approach to further the IPL agenda. Using stories to teach is not new. Technological innovations now make the possibility of using narrative, a way to enable students to experience greater reality in complex situations. Recently, two multimedia VCs have been developed. Here, we review the use of “The Neighborhood” and “Stilwell”, as IPL tools. Early evaluation of these communities has been very positive and they offer a unique and innovative approach to IPL in ways that immerse learners from many professions into the context of the lives of individuals requiring health and social care, and the people who provide that service. Thus, it is possible to more fully realize and teach about collaboration and partnerships among professionals and patients.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-9567
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Nursing, Health and Professional Practice > Midwifery
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2014 13:50
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 15:16
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1537

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