Applying Master Adaptive Learning to Interprofessional Teams

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Accreditation Information
The recording of this session has been accredited for Interprofessional Continuing Education credit (IPCE) as enduring material. After watching this recording, you may claim IPCE credit by clicking this link. Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit is available to claim through December 31, 2021. Please see details below.

Master adaptive learning has been adopted as a conceptual underpinning for professional development and continuous lifelong learning. The ability to adapt expertise to routine and uncommon situation is essential in all the health professions. Master adaptive learning encourages agility and creativity and provides ways to do this across the continuum of learning and clinical situations. To date, however, the concepts and strategies associated with master adaptive learning have been applied primarily at the level of individual learner.

This seminar explores how elements critical in developing “master adaptive learners” have value and application to interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Participants will discuss its role in how we understand and facilitate learning in teams. The ability to reframe problems and propose novel solutions and innovation is needed now more than ever. Through interactive dialogue, we hope to stimulate a knowledge community developing insights into teaching and learning strategies that can be used in developing master adaptive teams in IPECP.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe elements of the master adaptive learner applied to learners and team learner development in the professions.
  2. Experiment with teaching and learning strategies that can facilitate adaptable interprofessional learner teams.
  3. Generate 2-3 exercises for master adaptive learning in IPE.

Active Learning Strategies

Following a brief overview of key concepts and framework for fostering the development of the master adaptive learners, participants will move into facilitated small groups using Zoom break out rooms. Panelists will guide participants through a fishbowl session, discussing and then experimenting with the application of master adaptive learner concepts and techniques to interprofessional teams. Each small group will generate a master adaptive learning exercise for team development and practice. Small groups will record the main points of their conversations on zoom and do a brief report-out. Ultimately these documents will be uploaded to a Google doc and distributed back to those participants who desire the information.



Each participant will record his/her understanding of the concept of master adaptive learners at the beginning of the session and to describe the extent to which the session helped them to recognize and share what they perceive as currently present in IPECP. Additionally, throughout and prior to the end of the session, participants will be encouraged to use the chat feature within Zoom. At the end of the session, participants will be asked to reflect on the most important point they gained from the session.



  • Welcome and introductions (5 minutes)
  • Overview of key concepts – master adaptive learners (10 minutes)
  • Break out into small groups * (facilitated small group discussion) (25 minutes)
  • Large group report back (15 minutes)
  • Online form activity
  • Chat Summary
Accreditation Details

In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change