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Managing virtual world sessions for health science interprofessional education PROCEEDINGS

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

To address the need for interprofessional communications training for health science students, we developed and tested a virtual world (Second Life) for the delivery of a mock patient interview session. Health science students enrolled in an interdisciplinary course were assigned to interprofessional teams drawn from nine different health science disciplines. With the guidance of a facilitator, students planned and enacted a patient admission conference and a discharge conference with a standardized patient and family member. Our best practices session will review “lessons learned” centered around three aspects of the virtual learning context: a) Pre-session and in-session procedures for students, b) Pre-session and in-session procedures for facilitators, and c) Use of technologies and technical support to accomplish key activities within the session.

Citation

Boechler, P., King, S., Stroulia, E., Carbonaro, M., deJong, E., Wasniewski, E. & Chodos, D. (2010). Managing virtual world sessions for health science interprofessional education. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 610-615). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).