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The description and evaluation of virtual worlds in clinical pharmacy education in Northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
Umeå University, Umeå University Library, Centre for teaching and learning (UPL).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3448-7964
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology. School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame, 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales 2010, Australia.
2017 (English)In: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, ISSN 1877-1297, Vol. 9, no 5, p. 887-892Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe and evaluate the use of a three-dimensional virtual world (3DVW) in a clinical pharmacy course.

Educational activity and setting: Students are provided with training opportunities in simulated ward rounds and patient meetings in a 3DVW. The 3DVW enables students to practice communication with patients and colleagues in a professional manner. To evaluate the course and use of the 3DVW, an online course evaluation was completed by students after they had finished the clinical pharmacy course.

Findings: Forty-two students completed the online course evaluation (62%). Most students (83%) reported that they could adopt the role of a clinical pharmacist in the 3DVW. Sixty percent reported that the environment felt authentic, although some noted that “it can never be quite the same as sitting next to a real person to talk”. More than half of the students (66%) described the use of the 3DVW as a worthwhile exercise. The majority (93%) rated the overall quality of the course as good or very good, with 76% reporting that the pedagogical design of the course helped them with their studies.

Discussion and summary: Students at Umeå University valued the use of 3DVWs in clinical pharmacy teaching. However, there is a need to make the virtual environment more realistic and easier to use. The invaluable feedback gathered from students will help to improve the future use of virtual worlds in pharmacy education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 9, no 5, p. 887-892
Keywords [en]
three-dimensional virtual worlds, clinical pharmacy education, communication
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Pharmaceutical Sciences Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138464DOI: 10.1016/j.cptl.2017.06.002ISI: 000413968100023PubMedID: 29233320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138464DiVA, id: diva2:1135532
Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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