||Educational Assessment of the Program
||Pharmacy Students at Washington State University, class of 2001 (number = 50 ) who used the basic pharmacokinetic modules as a supplement for their pharmacokinetic class, participated in the assessment of the modules. A FalshlightTM survey was used in the assessment in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington State University.
- Ease of use and reliability
The students indicated that they did not have any problems using the pharmacokinetic modules due to inadequate computer skills (96%).
The students indicated that they did not spend long time learning how to use
the modules (94%).
The students agreed that the modules worked in the way they were supposed to (90%).
The students indicated that the modules were appropriate for performing the required tasks (96%).
- Active learning
The students agreed that the modules encouraged them to take responsibility of their own learning (82%).
The students indicated that they were involved with optional tasks or assignments (62%).
- Understanding the concepts
The students stated that because the basic pharmacokinetic class used the modules they were better able to understand (96%) and to visualize (92%) the ideas and concepts taught in this class.
The great majority of the students indicated that the pharmacokinetic modules helped them to understand how the change in each of the pharmacokinetic parameters affects the plasma concentration-time profile of the drug (94%).
- The problem solving skills
The students mentioned that this course helped their problem solving skills (92%).
The majority of the students indicated that the modules allowed them to learn on their own pace (96%) at times that were convenient for them (70%).
The students indicated that they were encouraged to exercise their creativity (58%), and they were able to experiment and/or experience simulated situations (64%). The students indicated that the modules helped them to acquire skills that will be useful in their profession (94%).
Overall, the students were satisfied with this class (96%), and would recommend that others take classes that utilize similar materials on the computer (88%).
Most of the students mentioned that their learning experience would have been different if they did not have access to the pharmacokinetic modules (84%).
The details of this assessment study is published in:
Hedaya M.A. and Collins P. "Pharmacokinetic Teaching Utilizing the World Wide Web: A FlashlightTM Assessment" American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 63:415-421 (1999).