Preliminary experiences using Lotus Development Corporation's Learning Space™ computer database management program to provide distance learning courses in a postbaccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy program are described. A dozen students who participated in at least one of five courses offered via Learning Space™ responded to an electronic survey regarding their experiences and attitudes towards this approach to course delivery. Despite many initial problems, students liked the time flexibility offered by the program, and perceived that their computer skills improved by using the program. Faculty reported spending approximately twice as many contact hours in the electronic courses than in the corresponding live classroom courses; however, faculty also reported that Learning Space™ offered specific advantages over teaching in a live classroom. The System Operator proved invaluable to the success of the electronic courses, and it is imperative to have this type of technical support available for such an undertaking.
|Number of pages
|American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
|Published - 1999