The Journey and Roadmap of a Competency-based Virtual Interprofessional Teaching and Learning Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
Interprofessional Competencies

Description of Session:

The evolution of virtual teaching during the pandemic has revolutionized health professional education, creating a decade of change within the span of a week. (Langlois, 2020, Lackie et al., 2020). At the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education (formerly named the Centre for Interprofessional Education), curriculum and pedagogy pivoted to virtual delivery to serve the needs of stakeholders/organizations.

This seminar will walk participants through the roadmap and journey of a virtual interprofessional teaching and learning program (VITAL). This was developed to create an accessible education program for interprofessional competencies (CIHC, 2010) during the pandemic. The program was delivered over six virtual modules (90min ea.) to reduce screen fatigue. Though foci/objectives remained on collaborative competency development and interprofessional education pedagogy, virtual delivery allowed role modeling of interactive transformative learning and critical reflection on virtual facilitation strategies. A co-facilitation model allowed multiple monitoring and emergent adaptation to participant virtual engagement.

Outcomes and evaluations of this program were strong and comments demonstrated impact to individual learners and to organizations as learners applied their learning to create change in their teams. Strong partnerships, integration of organizational small group facilitators with orientation/debriefs and feedback mechanisms resulted in program co-creation and innovation with each iteration. Examples include a seventh project application module to further apply learnings for transformative change and new team simulation videos were developed with an international fellowship program. The sustainability and capacity of the program has been enhanced with an open registration program and scaling custom programs from local to international organizations across the system. The program was recognized as the recipient of the 2022 Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development in the category of Excellence or Innovation in Program Development and Design

Learning Objectives:
• Apply interprofessional collaborative competencies in virtual teaching and learning context
• Reflect on communication, conflict and psychological safety using virtual team video case scenarios and interactive discussion
• Contrast virtual engagement and facilitation strategies for interprofessional education and practice programs

This seminar supports the Nexus Summit priority theme of Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education. In alignment with Nexus priorities, this seminar will specifically highlight interprofessional practice and education curriculum, technology-driven models, virtual collaborations, continuing professional development and faculty/preceptor development.

Active Learning Strategies, Actionable skills and Practice Knowledge for Participants:
Teaching content will be framed in a 1 hour seminar around interprofessional competencies, experiencing theory bursts and interactive virtual strategies used in the 6 modules. Participants will experience virtual activities (small group breakouts, team simulation videos, polling and use of chat boxes/reactions) to consider engagement and facilitation strategies for their own interprofessional education and practice programs. A final small group reflection opportunity in the spirit of transformative education will support participants to implement change in their practice and teaching.

Topics and IPECP Competencies covered:
Module 1: IPE Foundations
Module 2: Role Clarity
Module 3: Communication and Conflict
Module 4: Relationship Centred Care/Collaborative Resilience
Module 5: Team Psychological Safety
Module 6: Virtual Facilitation and Application to your Context