Expanding voluntary active-learning opportunities for pharmacy students in a respiratory physiology module

Ernst, Hardy and Colthorpe, Kay (2008) Expanding voluntary active-learning opportunities for pharmacy students in a respiratory physiology module. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72 2: Article Number: 28.

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Author Ernst, Hardy
Colthorpe, Kay
Title Expanding voluntary active-learning opportunities for pharmacy students in a respiratory physiology module
Journal name American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9459
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 72
Issue 2
Start page Article Number: 28
Total pages 6
Editor J. T. DiPiro
Place of publication Alexandria VA, USA
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Abstract Objectives To expand voluntary active-learning opportunities for bachelor of pharmacy students enrolled in a third-year human physiology and pharmacology course and determine whether the additional course components improved learning outcomes. Design Additional voluntary active-learning opportunities including a large-class tutorial, additional formative assessment, and an online discussion were added to the Respiratory Physiology Module of the course. Examination scores were compared with those from previous years. A questionnaire was administered to assess students' perception of the active-learning components. Assessment Mean examination scores increased from 69.3% ± 24.4% in 2003 to 88.9% ± 13.4% in 2004 and 86.9% ± 17.6% in 2005, after the addition of the active-learning components. Students' overall perception of the value of the active-learning activities was positive. Summary The addition of voluntary active-learning course components to a required pharmacy course resulted in improved student examination scores, and decreased failure rate, and were accomplished at low cost and with little additional staff time.
Keyword active learning
online discussion forum
formative assessment
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