Archive for April 2011

I can think of many ways where online education can be utilized in the field of pharmacy in both undergraduate and

 graduate education. Having a bulk of basic knowledge which one has to gather and comprehend, online video or audio lectures serve as a very valuable tool to offer lectures of basic knowledge topics online at students’ convenience. Chat or discussion boards can enhance active learning and encourage online student communication. Online assessment for oral presentations is small-scale classes is also a time saving option. For some areas in pharmacy however the online education cannot work. For example, in classes or research including experimental and laboratory work, you need to be there at the lab. facility and perform the experiment yourself. In the later example, online education role can come where you can see the techniques demonstration online or the the online resources can be used to support the theoretical part.

In general, online education is an important emerging tool that can be employed  in all fields. It helps very much in achieving many of the seven principles we discussed in earlier classes. Nevertheless, face to face education or traditional educational is indispensable in many settings and subjects and is an important part of student’ educational experience in terms of socializing and communicating.


Last class we have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of blackboard for both faculty and students. I think blackboard is a great way to display the courses material effectively, flexibly (in various forms and at different times), and paperlessly. At the same time,  Blackboard cannot be a stand alone tool and is not the best technology to use in all occasions. However, a distinction should me made between  the unsuitability of blackboard and the ineffective use of blackboard. Instructors themselves could use blackboard in a way that reduce its usefulness. For example, instructors might have technical limitation that prohibit them from posting a good material or organize this material in an effective way. Moreover, instructors could overlook the interactivity role of blackboard (such as chatting or discussion boards) and use it solely for posting papers and assignments to students , while forgetting their instructors function to provide feedback, assessment or direct students to alternative and additional resources.

So, blackboard is not without disadvantages, but the effective use of it will lead and had already contributed to the advancement in education.



I was really impressed by the discussion about large classes. Previously I couldn’t think of  any advantage for doing that. I realize how much dedication, patience, solid teaching abilities and communication skills you need to have. One of the things we have discussed about the inability to do lots of presentations. This was my thought until I saw what technology has done for us! Two words …Pecha Kucha or 20X20! . Pecha Kucha  ( yes, it’s not an  English word’s Japanese) is a short presentation format where you present 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. The slides moves automatically and you should follow them while you present your talk. I think this type of presentation is very useful in a large-class setting. You can talk about a topic of your interest in 7 minutes, you talk about most important things and do a big favor for your colleagues by saving them from boredom! I might consider this Pecha Kucha in my Grad606 presentation next week..i like it 🙂


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  • Regina Oyesanya: I thought GRAD 602 is the best class on campus. I'm not alone! Thanks Britt and Jeff :)
  • Britt Watwood: Pat yourself (yourselves) on the back. You all recharged Jeff and I as much or more than we charged you.
  • amal: I believe that too! It just takes time for us to accept new things..I have done experiments on virtual animals and human beings during my undergraduat