Title: W(e)Learn: a framework for online interprofessional education

Authors: Colla J. MacDonald, Emma J. Stodel, Terrie Lynn Thompson, Lynn Casimiro

Addresses: Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, 145 Jean Jacques Lussiers, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Learning 4 Excellence, 749 Long Point Circle, Ottawa, Ontario K1T 4H5, Canada. ' University of Alberta, 600 Butchart Wynd, Edmonton, Alberta T6R 1P9, Canada. ' Academic Health Council, University of Ottawa, 1 Stewart St., Room 124, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada

Abstract: A framework is required to guide online Interprofessional Education (IPE) (Casimiro et al., 2009). The purpose of this paper is to present such a framework: W(e)Learn. W(e)Learn can be used as a quality standard and a guide to design, develop, deliver and evaluate online IPE in both pre- and post-qualification educational settings. The framework is presented in the spirit that educational programs have defining features that, when carefully designed with the appropriate blend of factors, can help achieve desired outcomes. W(e)Learn must now be applied in various contexts to assess its constructs and its applicability.

Keywords: electronic healthcare; interprofessional education; learning frameworks; online learning; educational framework; e-learning; W(e)Learn; web-based learning; interprofessional care; collaborative practice; electronic learning; e-healthcare.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2009.026271

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2009 Vol.5 No.1, pp.33 - 47

Available online: 05 Jun 2009 *

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