Self-directed learning through journal use in an elective pharmacy course

Authors

  • Melinda E Lull St. John Fisher College, New York
  • Casey U Slevinski St. John Fisher College, New York
  • Andrea N Traina St. John Fisher College, New York

Keywords:

Self-Directed Learning, Reflective Learning, Teaching Innovations, Journal-Based Course

Abstract

Introduction: The objective of this study was to implement and assess the use of electronic self-directed learning journals in a one-semester pharmacy elective course as a development tool to promote self-learning amongst students.

Description of Course: In a toxicology doctor of pharmacy elective course, students completed self-directed assignments based on in-class material in an electronic journal. Students participated in group discussions based on the assignment. Journals were graded for completeness and pursuit of individual interests was encouraged.

Evaluation: Students responded positively to journal assignments and their educational value. Faculty members also recognised a high level of learning by students based on their group discussions. Performance on course learning objectives and quality of in-class discussions also indicated that the use of journals in the elective course was successful.

Future Plans: Based on these findings, journals will continue to be used in this course, will be further assessed, and may be expanded to additional courses in the pharmacy curriculum. 

Author Biographies

Melinda E Lull, St. John Fisher College, New York

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences,  Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Casey U Slevinski, St. John Fisher College, New York

PharmD Graduate, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester

Andrea N Traina, St. John Fisher College, New York

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wegmans School of Pharmacy

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Published

02/03/2015

Issue

Section

Research Article