Roles of innovation in education delivery

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Dec 17;73(8):154. doi: 10.5688/aj7308154.


This paper reviews trends in higher education, characterizing both the current learning environments in pharmacy education as well as a vision for future learning environments, and outlines a strategy for successful implementation of innovations in educational delivery. The following 3 areas of focus are addressed: (1) rejecting the use of the majority of classroom time for the simple transmission of factual information to students; (2) challenging students to think critically, communicate lucidly, and synthesize broadly in order to solve problems; and (3) adopting a philosophy of "evidence-based education" as a core construct of instructional innovation and reform.

Keywords: blended learning; distance education; e-learning; learning environment; online learning.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Comprehension
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / trends
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Education, Distance / trends
  • Education, Pharmacy / trends*
  • Educational Technology / trends*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Models, Educational
  • Problem Solving
  • Schools, Pharmacy / trends*
  • Teaching / trends*