Online Education: Student Pharmacist Exposure and Perceptions

Authors

  • Katie J Suda University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Alexander B Guirguis VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Department of Pharmacy, Connecticut
  • Jennifer L Easterling Veterans Affairs – Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Department of Pharmacy, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Andrea S Franks University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Tennessee

Keywords:

Blended Learning, On-Line Learning, Pharmacy, Education

Abstract

Background: The use of online learning methods is increasing in higher education and being adopted by pharmacy educators.

Aims: The objective of this study was to assess past exposure to online learning and interest in learning via pre-recorded online lectures with or without live active learning among student pharmacists.

Methods: An anonymous online survey was self-administered to third-year students enrolled in the Drug Information and Literature Evaluation course.

Results: The response rate was 98.3%. Forty percent of respondents had prior experience with at least one online course during their undergraduate curriculum; 36% were science courses. Most students preferred to view lectures online rather than live in- class, but 26% expressed no preference. Seventy percent felt they would be able to keep current with a course with online lectures, but desired an in-person component.

Conclusion: Student pharmacists have familiarity with and openness to online methods of learning within the pharmacy curriculum. 

Author Biographies

Katie J Suda, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Memphis, Tennessee

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Alexander B Guirguis, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Department of Pharmacy, Connecticut

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Department of Pharmacy

Jennifer L Easterling, Veterans Affairs – Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Department of Pharmacy, Nashville, Tennessee

Specialty Resident, Department of Pharmacy

Andrea S Franks, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Tennessee

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy

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Published

22/12/2013

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Research Article