Conference Contribution Details
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Dympna Casey (NUIG), Louise Campbell, Heike Felzmann, Caroline Hills, Eimear Burke, Martin Power, Yvonne Finn, Rosemary Geoghegan, Pauline Meskell, Geraldine McDarby (UIG), Andrew Hunter (NUIG), David Seedhouse (CEO Values Exchange System), Clare Carroll (NUIG), Josephine Boland, Tara Magdalinski (University College Dublin), Marie Tierney (NUIG)
The 15th Educational Technology Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association
Evaluating the use of values-based digital technology to facilitate inter-professional education (IPE)
University of Limerick
Poster Presentation (Refereed)
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Inter-professional Education (IPE) takes place when at least two professions learn with, from and about one another to enhance collaborative practice. How best to implement IPE is a major challenge. Large student numbers and difficulties synchronising timetables are barriers to uptake. So far few educationalists have explored the use of digital technology as a means of overcoming these barriers. NUIG and UCD are implementing a pilot study funded by the National Forum, to evaluate the impact of a digital technology based IPE programme designed to promote collaborative practice within undergraduate health care disciplines. The IPE Values Exchange system (VX)The six week programme focuses on values-based decision-making and ethically problematic health care situations. The VX system provides a rich pedagogical framework for exploring values and challenging preconceptions. The educational model underpinning VX draws on several pedagogical approaches including student-centred learning, and problem and group based learning. It is a specifically designed highly networked environment which utilises a range of interactive learning tools enabling students to work collaboratively to solve specific shared problems. Design: In total 206 students enrolled on the programme and a mixed methods study was used to evaluate it. A qualitative descriptive design utilizing interviews with students (n=47) was undertaken initially and from this a survey was created and circulated to all students. Findings A preliminary analysis of the data reveals that the majority of students recognize the value of IPE and feels that the programme content and online VX system has great potential. However, they identified a number of barriers to their learning. These included structural problems with the online VX system; the lack of credits assigned to the work and the lack of engagement of some students which hindered the interdisciplinary focus. This paper presents the evaluation findings and recommendations for future implementation of the programme.
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