The Interprofessional Education (IPE) programme involves undergraduate health and social care students from NUIG and UCD. These students work in small inter-professional groups with students from various health and social care disciplines within and outside the university to explore decision making in the context of inter-professional practice. The unit is built around some of the key competencies of IPE as identified by Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel (2011), namely roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teamwork, and is facilitated online using the Curatr (social learning) system.
As the students are from different disciplines / institutions, there are varying levels of credits awarded (in some cases no ECTS credits are awarded). Students may earn badges within Curatr as they complete various tasks or activities. Students who successfully finish the entire module are awarded a certificate of completion, along with a digital badge (issues via OBF) to verify and recognise their participation. Over 200 badges were awarded to students in 2015.