Satisfaction, and Self-Reported Learning in Response to Active Learning Course Activity in Veterinary

Authors

  • Jennifer L Buur Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California
  • Paul Gordon-Ross Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California
  • John H Tegzes Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California
  • Lyon Lee Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California
  • Gini Barrett Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California
  • Joseph J Bertone Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, California

Keywords:

Active learning, General Pharmacology, Laboratory, Student-Centered

Abstract

Background: The active learning session is a well-established method to promote deep learning. However, traditional veterinary pharmacology laboratories have been removed from most curriculums. Pharmacology has become a list of therapeutics that encourages rote memorization.

Aim: Student attitudes about pharmacology were explored after participation in a novel, student-centered activity.

Method: Students participated in a laboratory activity, “Iron Pharmacologist”, that asked teams of students to research and present the answer to individual “secret questions” in a very limited time frame. Immediate verbal feedback was provided to students on accuracy and depth of knowledge, clinical relevance, and presentation style. An anonymous, student-attitudinal survey was administered at the end of each laboratory; this survey was longitudinally administered to subsequent groups over a four-year time frame.

Results: Survey results demonstrate high levels of student satisfaction and self-reported learning. Students showed higher levels of performance on external examinations following implementation of this activity.

Conclusion: “Iron Pharmacologist” was well received by students, improved performance outcomes, and could be easily adapted for use in other topics. 

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Published

01/01/2014

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Research Article