PREVENTIVE TREATMENT TO SUCCESSFULLY UNDERTAKE THE DEGREE IN PHARMACY: SOME KNOWLEDGE PILLS
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (SPAIN)
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Conference name: 16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-8 March, 2022
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:There has been an important growth in the employment of online teaching environments such as Moodle, Teams or Google Classroom together with the use and development of innovative methodologies based on tools such as H5P, Kahoot! and the likes. This surge in popularity has been due to their practical convenience and to the fact that they provide a closer relationship between the teacher and the student. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the definitive impulse for these virtual teaching methodologies, as the severe restrictions and lockdowns endured by the population prevented the traditional face-to-face schooling. As the sanitary situation has been improving and most of the restrictions have been lifted, academic life has slowly returned to a similar pre-pandemic situation, but the enormous impact that these virtual tools and methodologies have had in the academic community has caused their incorporation into the very core of the daily teaching activities: master classes have been refined through the encouragement of the students to actively participate in the teaching-learning process, and it is much easier to include teaching complements that allow deeper insights into the key concepts for any particular subject.
Within this context, and after ten years since the degree in Pharmacy was implemented at the UCLM, several subjects have been identified where students struggle to grasp concepts that are key for the successful completion of their respective courses. Therefore, we have envisioned the present project with two objectives aimed at students in the first years of the degree: one is the strengthening of basic knowledge that, according to the criteria of the educators, constitute the foundations upon which the successful development of the student’s academic career is going to be built. The other one is the optimization and reinforcement of the acquisition of new concepts on which these identified subjects rely. Translated into a more applied objective, this project will be focused on the creation of short (2-3 minutes) videos (so called pills) as a visual approach to the teaching of concepts of difficult nature that are key to understand contents of higher complexity within the previously identified subjects, and which will be required in different subjects along the academic path of the students.
Keywords: Teaching methodologies, flipped learning, pharmacy.