Micro-module Courseware II
Video Recap of Major Drug Classes Learned in Pharmacology Lectures
Abstract / Video
Two cohorts of Pharmacy students, in their Year 3 & Year 4 studies had undergone lectures on the pharmacology of anti-dyslipidaemic & anti-bacterial drugs, respectively. While revision of taught materials is critical to satisfactory performance in course assessments, the learner may also wish to grasp the essence of the subject before delving into the details. Videos in the series entitled "Pharma's Pie" provide a simplified overview of major classes of drugs mentioned in lectures. By watching these videos, each lasting no longer than 2 minutes, the learner could recapitulate core contents after the lecture quickly. Each video presented classes of drugs for a given condition as slices of a pie chart, e.g. three mechanisms of anti-bacterial drugs are visualised in the video as three slices of the "Anti-bacterial Pie". Learner experience was expected to be enhanced after watching the videos. Usage data were determined by access counts (for both anti-dyslipidaemic & anti-bacterial videos) and by paper-based surveys (for anti-bacterial video only). All 55 Year 3 Pharmacy students accessed the "Anti-dyslipiadaemic Pie" video multiple times. 46 out of 48 Year 4 Pharmacy students accessed the "Anti-bacterial Pie" video, with 37 of the students accessing for 2 times or more. Paper-based surveys collected from 35 Year 4 Pharmacy students indicated that 23 of them finding the video helpful in their studies. Since the Pharma's Pie video series were received well by the Pharmacy students, planning is under way to expand this initiative to include other relevant areas in pharmacology.