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Social Media Learning
When asked “what’s one experience you’ve found very valuable,” many share stories of how they found interporfessional education (IPE) workshops to one of their most beneficial learning experiences because they are enlightening (nursing, medical and dental students are all surprised abut what the other knows and where this knowledge overlaps) and as preparing them for an interdisciplinary workplace of the future.
However, because of conflicting schedules between staff and students at medical, dental, and nursing schools, these workshops are held annually during the summer. Not all who would like to attend can.
Conflicting schedules make face-to-face workshops difficult to arrange
Working with OHNEP Program Director Erin Hartnett, we created an NYU Meyers profile on Figure 1, an image-sharing social media app for registered healthcare providers and students. We posted an inter professional case with a question and responded with an answer 24 hours later. Figure1’s Community Engagement team was helpful in recommending when and what to post in terms of photos and copy.
The project’s success (20,000 views in 24 hours) was shared in a presentation to faculty as well as a talk with the president of the inter professional education student group at NYU. shared that I would be happy to pass over management of the account and guide the first few posts with anyone who was interested in taking this project further.
From this project I learned that successful experiments that address student needs and constraints can fail to take the next steps if the future leader is not engaged in progressing the project.