OER1117 Oral Presentation ppt

Thursday 12 May 10.55 Cockcroft Theatre

Transforming interprofessional education through Open Educational Resources

Ming Nie, University of Leicester
Liz Anderson, University of Leicester
Jacqui Williams, De Montfort University
Ali Ewing, University of Northampton
Rob Howe, University of Northampton
Alejandro Armellini, University of Leicester

Conference Theme: Academic practice and digital scholarship; collaboration and communities

Abstract: This presentation reports on the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Health and Social Care. The study is conducted as part of a JISC and HEA funded project called TIGER (Transforming Interprofessional Groups through Educational Resources, http://www.northampton.ac.uk/tiger). IPE occurs when students learn about each other's professional practice to enable more effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (Barr, 2002). IPE remains an emerging field within Health and Social Care curricula (Barr and Ross, 2006) with very few open materials to inform and guide HEI academic leaders in the design and delivery of relevant learning materials. There is a strong need for sharing IPE materials locally, nationally (CIPW, 2007) and internationally (WHO, 2010). The IPE students also have a need for accessing learning materials or resources at work placements. Developing materials as OERs will enable flexible use for academic, practitioners and students. TIGER aims to addresses this need.
Since 2002, the University of Leicester, the University of Northampton and De Montfort University have worked collaboratively to develop interprofessional learning (IPL) materials. These are now being released as reusable and customisable OERs. TIGER will evaluate the influence of OERs on the three stakeholders: academics, learners and practitioners. We will showcase examples of how academics at the three institutions have changed their teaching practice as a result of incorporating OERs into their teaching. We will discuss the benefits and challenges involved in the pedagogical design of OERs and designing for openness in IPE, showing evidence of the impact of OERs on students, including the benefits and value that OERs offer to student learning and how students use them. We will share our experience of engaging learners to contribute to the development of OERs. Examples of OERs enabling wider access for IPE practitioners in the workplace will be shown. The development of OERs plays an ongoing important role in fostering collaborations between the three institutions and their associated IPE communities. This presentation will share the key challenges and benefits of this collaborative effort.

Keywords: oer; ipe; ipl; collaboration


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Barr, H. and Ross, F. (2006). Mainstreaming interprofessional education in the United Kingdom, a position paper. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 20(2), 96-104.

CIPW (2007). Creating an Interprofessional workforce: An education and training framework for Health and Social Care in England. UK Centres for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), London, Department of Health. http://www.caipe.org.uk/resources/creating-an-interprofessional-workforce-framework/

WHO (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organisation 2010. http://www.who.int/hrh/resources/framework_action/en/index.html