Teaching Small Group Collaboration to Large Groups

The Interprofessional Case Series focuses on providing interactive learning experiences for over 500 students from five health science schools. Student-led small groups are essential to learning.

The Interprofessional Case Series focuses on providing interactive learning experiences for over 500 students from five health science schools. Student-led small groups are essential to learning.

One of the greatest challenges for interprofessional education is providing worthwhile experiences for large numbers of students that teach them how to collaborate. Usually large lecture halls are used for big classes, but interprofessional collaboration requires students to learn with, from, and about each other by engaging in content as small groups. To overcome these obstacles, the Interprofessional Case Series, led by Sharon Lanning from the School of Dentistry, uses small group work in a large class setting to talk about interprofessional practice concepts.

The sessions, held in the School of Medicine’s learning studies, enrolls over 500 students and relies on mini-lectures at the beginning and end of each session to emphasize key points. However, the majority of the sessions are spent in small interprofessional groups of 5-6. Within these groups is where the most powerful student learning happens – just ask any of the students.

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