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Sjöström, Hans-Erik
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Mattsson, S., Sjöström, H.-E. & Englund, C. (2016). Using a Virtual Tablet Machine to Improve Student Understanding of the Complex Processes Involved in Tablet Manufacturing. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(5), Article ID 87.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using a Virtual Tablet Machine to Improve Student Understanding of the Complex Processes Involved in Tablet Manufacturing
2016 (English)In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, ISSN 0002-9459, E-ISSN 1553-6467, Vol. 80, no 5, article id 87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To develop and implement a virtual tablet machine simulation to aid distance students' understanding of the processes involved in tablet production.

Design. A tablet simulation was created enabling students to study the effects different parameters have on the properties of the tablet. Once results were generated, students interpreted and explained them on the basis of current theory.

Assessment. The simulation was evaluated using written questionnaires and focus group interviews. Students appreciated the exercise and considered it to be motivational. Students commented that they found the simulation, together with the online seminar and the writing of the report, was beneficial for their learning process.

Conclusion. According to students' perceptions, the use of the tablet simulation contributed to their understanding of the compaction process.

Keywords
virtual tablet machine, simulation, pharmacy education, expected learning outcomes
National Category
Pharmacology and Toxicology Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124352 (URN)000379511400016 ()27402990 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-08-04 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Englund, C., Sjöström, H.-E. & Fick, H. (2013). Communication training in a virtual pharmacy. In: Erik Lindenius (Ed.), Reformation, revolution, evolution: universitetslärandet ur ett tidsperspektiv. Paper presented at Den tionde universitetspedagogiska konferensen 1-2 mars 2011 (pp. 11-26). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communication training in a virtual pharmacy
2013 (English)In: Reformation, revolution, evolution: universitetslärandet ur ett tidsperspektiv / [ed] Erik Lindenius, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2013, p. 11-26Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2013
Series
Skriftserie från universitetspedagogiskt centrum, ISSN 1651-5692 ; 2013:1
Keywords
Serious virtual worlds, communicatin training, pharmacy, experiential learning
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67470 (URN)978-91-7459-571-0 (ISBN)
Conference
Den tionde universitetspedagogiska konferensen 1-2 mars 2011
Note

Annat ISSN angivet på omslag: 1650-4364

Different ISSN on cover: 1650-4364

Available from: 2013-03-20 Created: 2013-03-20 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Sjöström, H.-E., Idberger, K. & Ivarsson, J. (2012). Supporting Course Redesign: Strategies for Change. In: ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN: Reaching Beyond Tomorrow. Paper presented at 18th international conference on e-learning ONLINE EDUCA, Berlin, 28th – 30th November.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supporting Course Redesign: Strategies for Change
2012 (English)In: ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN: Reaching Beyond Tomorrow, 2012Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67468 (URN)
Conference
18th international conference on e-learning ONLINE EDUCA, Berlin, 28th – 30th November
Available from: 2013-03-20 Created: 2013-03-20 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Mattsson, S., Sjöström, H.-E., Lampe Persson, J. & Englund, C. (2012). Use of a virtual tablet machine in pharmaceutical education. In: NGL 2012 Next Generation Learning Conference Falun: Book of Abstracts. Paper presented at Next Generation Learning Conference, NGL 2012, February 21–23, 2012, Falun, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Use of a virtual tablet machine in pharmaceutical education
2012 (English)In: NGL 2012 Next Generation Learning Conference Falun: Book of Abstracts, 2012Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One of the pedagogical problems frequently faced by distance students, particularly on web-based vocational programmes, is the lack of opportunity to train practical elements in the course. This presentation describes a project to provide a technological solution to this problem and also to enhance distance students’ understanding of the processes involved in tablet production by means of a virtual tablet machine. The web-based Master of Science in Pharmacy Programme at Umeå University includes the course Drug Formulation. One of the expected learning outcomes of the course is to understand and explain relationships between composition, compaction process and properties of tablets. In order to facilitate this, a tablet simulation (virtual tablet machine) was created. Simulations can be successfully used in education to illustrate rather complex relationships during a limited time frame and they are also ideal in distance education since they do not require access to expensive laboratory facilities and can be carried out by the student at any time and place. A web-based tablet simulation was created enabling the students to choose different compositions, compaction pressures and compaction speeds in order to observe which effect these parameters have on the properties of the tablet produced. The simulation is performed and the results are displayed in the form of graphs. Once the results have been generated the students then interpret and explain the results on the basis of current theory using a Wiki. During the course the students also manufacture tablets in real life; the tablet simulation therefore also serves as preparation for these practical experiments. After the simulation had been carried out it was evaluated by the students in the form of a written questionnaire and a focus group interview. The students found the tablet simulation easy to use, motivational and considered the simulation to have contributed to their understanding of the compaction process. The students also considered the simulation to be a good theoretical preparation for the practical experiments. Some operational problems were reported, for example difficulties in changing the compaction pressure and the presentation of the results may also be improved. In conclusion, we found that the use of the tablet simulation, in combination with practical experiments and assignments, improved the student’s understanding of the compaction process and provided a suitable technological solution to a pedagogical problem in a web-based Pharmaceutical Science Programme. The project would like to thank “Flexible education at Umeå University” for financial support.

National Category
Engineering and Technology Pharmacology and Toxicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67471 (URN)
Conference
Next Generation Learning Conference, NGL 2012, February 21–23, 2012, Falun, Sweden
Available from: 2013-03-20 Created: 2013-03-20 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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