I just read a paper “The influence of empowerment, authentic leadership, and professional professional practice environments on nurses’ perceived interprofessional collaboration” written in Dec 2014 by a group of RNs. Sandra Regan, Heather K.S. Laschinger and Carol A. Wong all of whom have achieved their PHDs.
This paper talks about the importance of collaboration between all health care professions that when all health care providers communicate with each other the client or patient is the winner, in that they get the best care possible. Also mentioned that when all health care providers communicate with each other job satisfaction and retention of nurses increases. Organizational supports need to be in place for this model to work such as leadership who are role models, encouragement from the organization for nurses to share their knowledge and help others to learn, respect for each other and education about how to work in as a team.
After reading this paper, I thought about what I had been learning about Instructor Presence in a course. If the instructor is the mentor or role model and encourages collaboration between learners then the learning increases, the learners achieve the goals and objectives of the course and the learners are ready to move on with their learning. The learner will have greater satisfaction with the learning and will share the learning with others, so everyone wins. Teaching presence is when the instructor guides and instructs the learning experience, social presence is when the instructor gets to know the learner as a person and cognitive presence is when the instructor supports and mentors the learner to gain the knowledge, skills and ability to move on with their learning. ( If we think of instructors as the organization, then we must as instructors role model and promote the collaboration between all learners so that the learner becomes the winner!
Just some of my interesting readings and thoughts.
Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. M. (2016). The Online Teaching Survival Guide (Second ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.