Peer-led team learning in an online course on controversial medication issues and the US healthcare system

Amy L Pittenger, Amy L. LimBybliw

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Abstract

Objective. To implement peer-led team learning in an online course on controversial issues surrounding medications and the US healthcare system. Design. The course was delivered completely online using a learning management system. Students participated in weekly small-group discussions in online forums, completed 3 reflective writing assignments, and collaborated on a peer-reviewed grant proposal project. Assessment. In a post-course survey, students reported that the course was challenging but meaningful. Final projects and peer-reviewed assignments demonstrated that primary learning goals for the course were achieved and students were empowered to engage in the healthcare debate. Conclusions. A peer-led team-learning is an effective strategy for an online course offered to a wide variety of student learners. By shifting some of the learning and grading responsibility to students, the instructor workload for the course was rendered more manageable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number150
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume77
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Healthcare system
  • Interprofessional education
  • Online learning
  • Peer-led team learning

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