Social constructivist learning environment in an online professional practice course

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Feb 19;73(1):10. doi: 10.5688/aj730110.

Abstract

Objective: To assess the online social constructivist learning environment (SCLE) and student perceptions of the outcomes of the online introductory module of pharmacy professional practice that was designed based on social constructivism theory.

Design: The online introductory module of pharmacy professional practice in pharmaceutical marketing and business was carefully designed by organizing various activities, which were intended to encourage social interaction among students. The Constructivist Online Learning Environment Survey (COLLES) was applied to assess the SCLE. Course evaluation questionnaires were administered to assess student perceptions of this online module.

Assessment: The result from the COLLES illustrated the development of SCLE in the course. The students reported positive perceptions of the course.

Conclusion: An online introductory module of pharmacy professional practice in pharmaceutical marketing and business was effective in promoting SCLE.

Keywords: Constructivist Online Learning Environment Survey (COLLES); online learning; pharmacy education; social constructivist.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Learning*
  • Marketing / education
  • Models, Educational
  • Social Environment
  • Students, Pharmacy / psychology