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Incorporating online teaching in an introductory pharmaceutical practice course: a study of student perceptions within an Australian University

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Author(s): Benino D | Girardi A | Czarniak P

Journal: Pharmacy Practice
ISSN 1885-642X

Volume: 9;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 252;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Education | Pharmacy | Education | Distance | Computer-Assisted Instruction | Australia

ABSTRACT
Objectives: To examine student perceptions regarding online lectures and quizzes undertaken during a pharmaceutical practice course for first year undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course at an Australian University.Methods: The University uses a standard instrument to collect feedback from students regarding unit satisfaction. Data were collected for three different teaching modalities: traditional face-to-face, online and partially online. Results: Descriptive statistics support that, from a student's perspective, partial online delivery is the preferred teaching methodology for an introductory pharmaceutical practice unit. Conclusion: This study has served to highlight that while there are a few points of significant difference between traditional and online teaching and learning, a combination of the two provides a reasonable avenue for teaching exploration. This result has implications for teaching practice generally, and within the pharmacy discipline, specifically.
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