Experiential learning in community pharmacy: Online and remote teaching experience in Malaysian higher education

Innovation in experiential learning or assessment


  • N.S.A Rahman International Islamic University Malaysia
  • N.I.M. Nazar International Islamic University Malaysia
  • M.H. Elnaem International Islamic University Malaysia




Experiential Learning, Community Pharmacy, Malaysia, Online Teaching


Experiential learning provides opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom setting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were unable to complete their attachment modules in community pharmacy settings, thus a four week community pharmacy course was conducted via remote learning. Students were required to have a maximum of two hours of virtual discussion and consultation sessions with a faculty member (with community pharmacy background/experience) twice a week. In each week, students were required to complete all tasks given based on the activities proposed in the community pharmacy logbook. MyDispense (an online pharmacy simulation) and Access Pharmacy (McGraw-Hill) were utilised by students to practice their dispensing skills and familiarisation with non-prescription medications, respectively. Case discussions on responding to minor ailments were also touched on during the online sessions. Students were assessed via logbook, preceptor assessment and an online objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

Author Biographies

N.S.A Rahman, International Islamic University Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy

N.I.M. Nazar, International Islamic University Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy

M.H. Elnaem, International Islamic University Malaysia

International Islamic University Malaysia


McGraw-Hill Medical. (2020). Access Pharmacy. McGraw-Hill Medical. Available at: https://accesspharmacy.mhmedical.com

Miller, D., & Olesova, L., (2015). Designing and implementing experiential learning through multimedia-based activities and blogging. Available at: https://secure.onlinelearningconsortium.org/effective_practices/designing-and-implementing-experiential-learning-through-multimedia-based-activi

MyDispense (2020). Virtual Practice Environment for Teaching Safe Dispensing. Available at: https://info.mydispense.monash.edu





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