Reading the Jisc guide ”Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach” the concept of conveniency suddenly appeared to me in a new shape.
At the Academic primary health centers we promote interprofessional learning in many forms. It is something the universities strongly wish for us to mediate to the students during their clinical studies. Interprofessional learning opportunities are sometimes tricky to arrange and to motivate to in the clinical every day-work though. The motive is often held to be lack of time and logistical problems to arrange such meetings (Silén, 2013).
The Jisc guide ”Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach” (2016) reveals something interesting in their study of what motivates different types of engagement with the digital environment for learning. It says that ”people trust people”, which among other things means that students tend to learn from each other, and seek information from peers in many educational situations. It´s about trust, and it´s about convenience.
I thought to myself that supporting interprofessional learning on student level, and at the same time offering and inspiring to digital environments for doing so, might just be a very promising combo! It enables convenience from two angels. The peer resource is viewed by students as”trustable” in terms of what is considered required quality for the learning task (a.a.), and digital communication and information have the potential of creating convenience in the matter of connecting people.
Building interprofessional teams of students, in the digital world, we wouldn´t have to wait for the clinical situations to happen, nor necessarily for the students to leave the universities and come to the clinical studies to get started. They could just start learning, reflecting, and building knowledge together and from each other´s professions all from the beginning.
Silén, C. (2013). Lärande i verksamhetsförlagd utbildning, VFU. I C. Silén & K. Bolander Laksov (Red.), Att skapa pedagogiska möten i medicin och vård. (s. 77-116). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Jisc guide ”Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach” (2016).