Students’ Learning Experience of a Pharmacy Curriculum Designed for Active Learning During the Pandemic, and Their Learning Expectation Post-pandemic (75041)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Mary Joy Somao-I

Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:55
Session: Session 2
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Students’ perceived effectiveness of remote online learning experienced during the pandemic, and their learning expectation post-pandemic were unknown. This study aimed to investigate students’ perception of the effectiveness of online teaching and learning and assessment activities developed for active learning and pharmacy professional skills development. A cross-sectional online survey involving second-year pharmacy students of Monash Malaysia (MA) and Monash Parkville Australia (PA) campuses was conducted. The survey consisted of 15 Likert-scale multiple-choice questions and an open-ended question. Results were analysed statistically. Students at both MA and PA campuses were satisfied with the remote online learning experienced during the pandemic but indicated a preference for a blended learning approach involving both online and on-campus classes. MA students felt that on-campus face-to-face classes were more engaging and advantageous for their learning and skill development (P<0.05), and on-campus assessments allowed them to engage and perform better (P<0.05) compared with students at the PA campus who felt neutral or disagreed. Both cohorts were happy with some of the lectures to be conducted online synchronously or asynchronously. Differences in culture, learning behaviour and preference may influence learners’ perceptions and expectations of online learning. In summary, this study suggests that blended learning involving both online and face-to-face interactive activities may promote engagement, satisfaction and outcomes of culturally diverse learner populations post-pandemic.

Chooi Yeng Lee, Monash University, Malaysia
Suzanne Caliph, Monash University, Australia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Chooi Yeng Lee is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Monash University, Malaysia campus.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00