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Published on:September 2019
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2019; 53(4):595-602
Original Article | doi:10.5530/ijper.53.4.120

Evaluation of Computer-based Simulation Learning on Knowledge, Learning Approaches and Motivation among Pharmacy Students


Authors and affiliation (s):

Chun-Wai Mai1,2*, E-Lyn Lee3, Pei-Se Wong3, Hui-Meng Er1

1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

2Center for Cancer and Stem Cell Research, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

3Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

Abstract:

Background: With the exponential influence of technology on students’ learning, Computer-based Simulation Learning (CSL) has perceived to have great potential in enhancing the training of healthcare professionals including pharmacists. However, limited evidence is available to compare its impacts on knowledge gained and learning approaches to that of conventional lectures. Materials and Methods: A total of 168 pharmacy students were randomly assigned to “CSL group” (Group I, intervention group) or “Lecture group” (Group II) in this study. The students’ knowledge and deep information processing capabilities were evaluated through a quantitative survey, followed by focus group interviews to obtain an in-depth perspective of the student learning through CSL. Results and Discussion: Compared to didactic lecture, CSL significantly enhanced knowledge gained by the students. There was no significant difference between CSL and didactic lecture on students’ deep information processing skills, although CSL was more effective at promoting the critical reading domain. On the other hand, didactic lecture had higher impacts on healthcare students’ structuring skills. The features to be considered in designing an effective computer-based learning tool were highlighted in this study. Conclusion: Both CSL and didactic lecturing have its role in training pharmacy students’ knowledge and deep information processing skills.

Key words: Computer, Learning, Knowledge, Information Processing, Pharmacy.

 

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