The aim of this presentation is to provide you with an insight into the structure of a unit I teach at Notre Dame University, where we have incorporated the idea of collaborative education as a method of teaching our undergraduate nursing student.
As a definition, “Collaborative education is an active learning experience crossing institutional, professional and historical boundaries”. That active learning experience is the essence of collaborative education, and is often expressed with the phrase, “learning by doing”. Academics and health care organisations become experts in the collaborative process only by immersion in it through actively working with each other in its design. They need to participate actively in the joint development of programs as well as with the students in the shared activities.
Clark-Burg, K. (2009). Collaborative education: An innovative method of teaching undergraduate nursing students. Paper presented at the 4th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing 2009: Innovation and Leadership in Clinical Practice, Research and Education. Perth, WA, 27-29 May, 2009.