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OS12 - Expanding Digital Competencies Through Education (ID 18)
- Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
- Type: Oral Session
- Track: Clinical and Executive
- Presentations: 1
- Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 206B
OS12.01 - Adoption of an e-Health e-Resource via Peer Leader Educator Network (ID 232)
Purpose/Objectives: The Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) and Canada Health Infoway partnered to develop a national, online, competency based, educational resource to prepare undergraduate pharmacy students in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Drivers for development of the educational resource included an expanding scope of pharmacist practice, increased availability and reliance on information and technology for practice, and paucity of teaching resources and faculty members with expertise in informatics. The resource was intended to be flexible and modular, for use by faculty members either within their respective courses, or in its entirety.
Methodology/Approach: The first version of the Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource was launched for general use December 15, 2013 (http://afpc-education.info/moodle/index.php). <img alt="logo small.png" annotation="" id="image://26" src="https://cpaper.ctimeetingtech.com/deliver_media_imagick.php?congress=ehealth2017&auth_hash=216d165fb1a3ecbf8a344ebe7ed3314fcd51b1e8&id=26&width=350&height=350&download=0" title="logo small.png" /> A Peer Leader Network of pharmacy educators was created to foster adoption of the e-Resource at 10 faculties of pharmacy across Canada.
Finding/Results: A formal evaluation was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the network model and drive changes for Version 2 of the e-Resource (open access, launched May 2016). Peer leaders were supportive of the network model and were enthusiastic about engagement with colleagues toward a common goal. Students were very positive about the interactive learning activities, notably Virtual Patients, Polls, Videos, Quizzes and Gamification elements. Over 4,000 students and educators have accessed the platform (October, 2016). The e-Resource has been cited as a "best practice" in informatics and e-learning by American colleagues. A Peer Review process is being undertaken for the development of Version 3, and another group of Peer Leaders has been convened (Aug 2016) to deepen the network, conduct curriculum mapping, and continue local adoption and integration projects.
Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: This project has resulted in a viable and scalable approach for developing an accessible and valid educational e-Resource using open source educational technology and a collaborative approach to instructional design. Thousands of Canadian pharmacy students have been exposed to the emerging area of Information and Communication technologies, achieving the goal of the original funding. The integration of the e-Resource across faculties of pharmacy in Canada was largely due to a Peer Leader Educator Network, which is proving viable and sustainable through a central, coordinated approach.
140 Character Summary: The combination of a Peer Educator Network, project managment, and access to a valid e-Resource resulted in e-Health education in 10 Canadian faculties of pharmacy.
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