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3 Quick Icebreakers for the Virtual Interprofessional Classroom

By Kelly Ramella – May 20, 2020

In the latest contribution to our Teaming at a Distance series, author Kelly Ramella shares tips and activities that can be integrated into the virtual classroom to kickstart conversations about interprofessional education (IPE).

Virtual icebreakers with interprofessional education classes is a helpful way to connect with students, reduce stress, and create an engaging learning environment. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started playing virtually. 

Ready in 3, 2, 1.....Go!

#1  Share advice or a quote you live by. 

  • Type all the quotes in the chat to save for everyone to reference later.
  • Begin a discussion on how to mobilize the advice to support vulnerable populations during physical distancing.

#2  Ask teams to draw pictures of what it takes to be healthy.

#3  Play a competitive game between interprofessional teams.

  • Read a brain teaser, for example: I am light as a feather, yet an average person can’t hold me for more than one minute. What am I?
  • Participants call out their name if they know the answer.
  • Keep score with each team.

It is AMAZING how you will quickly learn special knowledge and talents of team members!

  • After the game, lead the team in a discussion of importance of brain health and physical activity, and brainstorm how interprofessional teams can address the need for physical activity. 
  • Listen to Healthy Brain Happy Life with Wendy Suzuki.


About the Author

Kelly RamellaKelly Ramella, is an Associate Clinical Professor serving as the coordinator of the Therapeutic Tecreation Program and faculty with the School of Community Resources and Development and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She shapes the therapeutic recreation curriculum and advances interprofessional education to prepare allied health professionals for rewarding careers, and equips them with the competencies to work collaboratively to impact community well-being. Through her innovative teaching strategies, and service roles, students are afforded countless opportunities to practice their skills and explore career possibilities. The partnerships she initiates and maintains not only provide students with meaningful learning experiences, but result in the expansion of services to people in our community. Recognizing the critical role of collaboration to develop inclusive and healthy communities, Kelly initiates and leads creative projects to enhance community-engaged interprofessional education.


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