Innovations in Teaching

Departmental faculty are recognized by both students and peers for their commitment to innovations in teaching and learning. Many are engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, disseminating their innovations via pharmacy education journals. Examples of teaching innovations currently being developed by faculty include:

Team based learning: Wendy St. Peter, PharmD and Nichole Rupnow, PharmD

TBL is a special form of collaborative learning using a specifi¬c sequence of individual work, group work and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing to discussion. –Michael Sweet The TBL format encourages the application of knowledge with the teacher as “guide on the side” and the student taking responsibility for his or her learning.

Becoming a Pharmacist: Jason Varin, PharmD

Becoming a Pharmacist is a three week course at the beginning of our new curriculum. During this 14 day experience, students have no other courses. The focus is on transitioning to professional education, becoming familiar with the disciplines that will be studied in the curriculum and developing a sense of pride in the profession. Much like a professional conference, students are exposed to a variety of speakers, but they also participate in workshops and carefully designed events that help them appreciate the pharmacist’s role. For instance, students travel to communities within the state, touring practices, speaking with local health care providers and learning about the health needs of the area. The course is delivered on two campuses with strong coordination between the leads on both campuses to ensure equivalent experiences.