Innovation in Collaborative Online Learning Yields Sustainable Model for University-wide Interprofessional Education

Meredith Quinene, Keith A. Krolick, Andrea Berndt, Temple A. Ratcliffe, Rebecca Moote, Bonnie Blankmeyer, Moshtagh R. Farokhi, Le'Keisha Johnson, Lark A. Ford, Joseph A. Zorek

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BACKGROUND: Growing health professional accreditation mandates and expectations for interprofessional education (IPE) have led to heightened interest amongst health professions educators and administrators in the creation and development of effective and sustainable IPE programming. IPE ACTIVITY: At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, an institution-wide initiative called Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC) was initiated to strengthen IPE knowledge and skills, increase IPE offerings, and integrate IPE into curricula. In 2020, stakeholders developed, implemented, and evaluated a university-wide IPE activity called the LINC Common IPE Experience, which includes three collaborative online learning modules that students complete synchronously using a videoconference platform without direct faculty facilitation. Mini-lectures, interprofessional discussions, and authentic case studies using innovative media facilitated meaningful engagement of 977 students from 26 different educational programs. DISCUSSION: Quantitative and qualitative results from evaluations demonstrated significant student engagement, increased awareness and understanding of teamwork, progress towards interprofessional competency development, and benefits related to professional development. The LINC Common IPE Experience provides a valuable example of a robust, high-impact foundational IPE activity that can serve as a sustainable model for university-wide IPE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-29
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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