Is an E - Learning Interactive Pharmacists' Study Group the Best Prescription for Welsh Pharmacists' Continuing Professional Education?
This paper is consists of two parts. It initially investigates the appropriateness of an interactive e - learning platform, ‘thelearningbusiness’ (‘tlb’,) for assisting qualified Welsh pharmacists in the fulfillment of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations. Past research has shown that the main barriers to pharmacists’ participation in conventional CE activities were those related to time. Qualitative data was examined for evidence of the absence of time barriers. It was also apparent that a learning community was developed through social interaction, camaraderie and trust.
Providers of pharmacy CE are cognizant of the importance of providing resources that facilitate learning. A past relationship between the Deep Approach to Learning and quality learning outcomes has been established. The latter section of the paper examines differences between the e - learning pharmacy study group and non - e - learning pharmacists regarding Approaches to Learning. Quantitative data form an adapted Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST) questionnaire returned a significant difference between the e - learning study group with respect to the Deep Approach to Learning. No significant differences were found for the remaining three approaches and the view of the term ‘learning’.
Keywords: Barriers to Participation in CE Activities, E - Learning, Approaches to Learning, Adult Learning, Postgraduate Pharmacy Adult Learning
Avril Rosalind Kale
North Wales Postgrauate Pharmacy Tutor, The Welsh Center for Pharmacy Professional Education