Caring Professions Education and Practice

The COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath has significantly affected the way teaching and learning is offered in higher education and the way care is provided by caring professionals. The need for social distancing has demonstrated the potential of online learning and remote care service, revealing the many ways that digital technologies can complement and augment innovative education and care practices for caring professionals. In this study we draw on domestic, international, and cross-disciplinary evidence to identify in what ways innovative online education initiatives and digital technologies can be used to ensure students in caring professions have the essential digital economy skills and competencies needed to meet the evolving labour demands.


This work is co-funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Government of Canada’s Future Skills program.


Lorelli Nowell, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Nursing
Teaching Scholar
University of Calgary

Diane Lorenzetti, PhD

Health Sciences Library
University of Calgary

Michele Jacobsen, PhD

Werklund School of Education
Teaching Scholar
University of Calgary

Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci, PhD

Departments of Community Health Sciences and Surgery
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

  • Nowell, L., Lorenzetti, D. Jacobsen, M., Oddone-Paolucci, E., Lorenzetti, L. (2021) Translating caring competencies to remote working environments: A systematic review protocol. BMJ Open.
Evidence Brief:

This evidence brief highlights some of our research findings and their relevance to key policy areas related to working in the digital economy.The brief is intended to help engage with non-academic partners and effectively share information about our project with policy-makers and the wider public.