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Extending inter-professional learning through the use of a multi-disciplinary Wiki

Stephens, M, Robinson, L and McGrath, DM 2013, 'Extending inter-professional learning through the use of a multi-disciplinary Wiki' , Nurse Education in Practice, 13 (6) , pp. 492-498.

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Abstract

This paper reports our experiences of a student learning activity which employed a Wiki for student radiographers and nurses to build on an inter-professional learning event. The aim of the Wiki was to facilitate inter-professional learning for students who, having met face-to-face once for a classroom based activity, would not be timetabled to meet again. It was designed to allow students from differing disciplines to: construct knowledge together, learn from and about one another, and collaboratively produce a textual learning resource. 150 nursing and radiography undergraduates were provided with a PBL trigger related to the acute presentation of stroke. The students met once (5 mixed-discipline groups) to discuss the role of the professions and the outcomes for the trigger scenario. Further learning was enabled through the provision of a Wiki for each group. At week 4, all Wikis were made visible for group peer assessment. Wiki editing skills were provided by student ‘Wiki champions’, who cascaded training to their peers. We report and reflect on the students' evaluations of both the Wiki as process and outcome and discuss the value of Wikis for inter-professional learning. Findings show that, in addition to being an enjoyable and flexible learning experience, the Wiki satisfied its intended aims. There was a variation in the level and quality of student participation the causes of which are discussed. Ground rules for effective Wiki use are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education in Practice
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1471-5953
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Mrs Melanie Stephens
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 17:37
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34746

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