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Learning-Centered Update May 4, 2012

Learning-Centered College Updates

Greetings all,

This edition of our Learning College Updates comes to you from Denise Diganfilippo, Dean of Academic Affairs. Denise provides a thought provoking set of thoughts and questions on how learning across the curriculum impacts the quality of health care delivery. These insights will help prepare us as we move into the new Health Sciences Building this fall. Thanks Denise!

Paradise Valley Community College is committed to the learning centered college philosophy.  The passion for learning emerges from this philosophy through engagement.  It is well documented in the education arena that students who are engaged in learning experience greater academic success.  Since, this week is National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the nursing profession and nursing education thanking them for all they do to promote our quality of life.  Throughout the history of nursing education, active learning has been present.  Recently there has been a resurgence of interprofessional education and practice (IPEP) which was first established in the early 1980’s.  Widespread patient error in US hospitals associated with substantial preventable mortality and morbidity, as well as major quality issues, has revealed the inadequacies in costly systems of care delivery (IOM, 2000, 2001).  Across discipline skills such as communication have been identified as core competencies required to improve care delivery.   

Interprofessional education and practice is positioned to prepare healthcare workers for the future improving the quality of healthcare delivery, but the nation’s health is an issue for everyone.  The linkage between education and health is well known.  Consider the following questions.

What contributions can you and the disciplines/areas you represent make that will impact the health of your community, your nation?

How can we make learning more relevant through “cross-discipline connections/relationships, with social sciences informing one to be socially responsible with hard sciences, with art as a valid means of exploration and expression, and with a holistic view of the world created through questioning, exposure, and openness developing teams” for the future?

(Tamra Excell, March, 2010)

Check out this link related to preparing for the future.

Preparing Students for the Future

Education empowers individuals to learn to work together and work to learn together.  Keeping that in mind, take some time to reflect on the words of the President of the United States, Barack Obama . . .

“And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future.  What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country.  What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” 

Stay tuned for a live demonstration of IPEP at the Grand Opening for our new Health Sciences facility in September 2012.