Using WebCt to implement a basic science competency education course

Lockman, Paul R., Gaasch, Julie A., Borges, Karin, Ehlo, Alan and Smith, Quentin R. (2008) Using WebCt to implement a basic science competency education course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72 2: Article 39. doi:10.5688/aj720239

Author Lockman, Paul R.
Gaasch, Julie A.
Borges, Karin
Ehlo, Alan
Smith, Quentin R.
Title Using WebCt to implement a basic science competency education course
Journal name American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9459
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5688/aj720239
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 72
Issue 2
Start page Article 39
Total pages 8
Place of publication Des Moines, Iowa
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Language eng
Subject 06 Biological Sciences
Formatted abstract
To implement a model of competency-based education in a basic science competency course using WebCT to improve doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students' understanding and long-term retention of course materials.


An anatomy-cell biology course was broken down into 23 modules, and worksheets and mirrored examinations were created for each module. Students were allowed to take the proctored examinations using WebCT as many times as they wanted, with each subsequent test containing a new random subset of questions. Examination scores and the number of attempts required to obtain a passing score were analyzed.


Student performance improved with the number of times a module examination was taken. Students who initially had low scores achieved final competency levels similar to those of students who initially had high scores. Score on module scores (didactic work) correlated with scores on practical work


Using WebCT to implement a model of competency-based education was effective in teaching foundational anatomy and cell biology to pharmacy students and could potentially be applied to other basic science courses.

Keyword Keller method
basic sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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