Assessing Interprofessional Competencies in an Asynchronous, Online Environment: A Roadmap to Success

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Heidi C. Sanborn, MSN, RN, CCRN
College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Development of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) in 2011 has supported faculty as they work to incorporate intperprofessional skills into learning objectives and activities.  Yet the majority of advances in competency-based education focus on face-to-face courses and clinical experiences. Developing meaningful interprofessional education activitiesfor on-line programs has been a significant challenge due to lack of research specific to cloud-based, asynchronous education.  This presentation will share the results of a program-wide effort to revise learning outcomes and associated learning activities and assessments to effectively develop interprofessional competency for learners in the online baccalaureate completion program curriculum at Arizona State University.  The curriculum consists of ten nursing courses offered to both concurrent enrollment pre-licensure students as well as current registered nurses in an entirely online format.   Through a collaborative process with the program faculty, the unit level objectives and assignments were reviewed and revised in order to more closely reflect the IPEC competencies. The revision of courses will take effect in the spring 2015 semester.