Program Session

13 - Teaching Together: Combining Diverse Expertise into Collaborative Interdisciplinary Instruction

Tuesday, May 30
4:05 PM - 4:10 PM
Room: 611

Objectives: A medical librarian and a nurse educator partnered to teach online courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at a midwestern university. The goal of this instruction partnership was to improve students’ professional writing skills, knowledge of information literacy and evidence-based practice concepts, and ability to integrate evidence into practice.

Methods: Previously published nursing education literature indicates that collaborations between librarians and nursing faculty are positive experiences for educators and can improve student learning. For this interdisciplinary collaboration the medical librarian and nurse educator worked together to develop a new course that focused on the basics of library research and professional writing in healthcare and co-taught an existing course on research and evidence based practice.

Results: After two years of this interdisciplinary instruction collaboration, both instructors have learned from each other new strategies for learning experiences, assessment, and evaluation. Student feedback during and after each course is very positive; the students have appreciated having instructors with different subject expertise developing assignments and guiding their learning.

Conclusion: The instructors have gained collaboration strategies that will be helpful to others interested in interdisciplinary instruction. The lightning talk will share tips and tools for successful interdisciplinary collaboration in health sciences distance education.

Keywords: interdisciplinary education, embedded librarianship, information literacy



Program Session

Rebecca C. McCall

Clinical Librarian
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Rebecca Carlson McCall, MLS, AHIP, is a Clinical Librarian in the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from Concordia University-Portland. Her research interests include information literacy for adult learners and interdisciplinary collaboration in health sciences education.

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Cindy Todd

RN-BSN Instructor
Mercy College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Southwest Baptist University
Springfield, Missouri

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