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Pharmacy 2013, 1(1), 34-42; doi:10.3390/pharmacy1010034

Tips for Developing an Integrated Online and Simulation Course Based on 6-Years of Experience

School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, 918 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, 127 Falk, 3601 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, 727 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
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Received: 12 July 2013 / Revised: 31 July 2013 / Accepted: 31 July 2013 / Published: 9 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Online Learning)
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Technological advancements, changes in pharmacy students’ learning preferences, and increased educational costs have necessitated the development and implementation of innovative teaching modalities. The University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy has been using simulation-based learning throughout the curriculum for several years. To further advance this practice, a novel course was designed to teach students new concepts through online video lectures, slide sets and quizzes, and knowledge application during weekly practica time involving multiple patient cases taught with high fidelity simulation. While this course has been well received by students, it does require resources, organization, and time for development. In this article, we describe our experience developing, modifying, and sustaining this blended course with the hope that sharing our experiences over the past six years will lead to expediting successes at other institutions. Tips for success such as keeping online segments short, holding students accountable, thinking of simulation approaches beyond the mannequin, and developing standardized assessment tools are discussed. Overall the blended course of online learning and simulation is a unique educational experience akin to real-world pharmacy practice and is worth the effort with a goal of optimizing learning.
Keywords: online-learning; simulation; learning online-learning; simulation; learning
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Kane-Gill, S.L.; Williams, E.A.; Smithburger, P.L.; Seybert, A.L. Tips for Developing an Integrated Online and Simulation Course Based on 6-Years of Experience. Pharmacy 2013, 1, 34-42.

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