Category: Professional Posters
Purpose: According to Gallup’s polls, American pharmacists have been ranked as one of the most trusted professionals. American pharmacy practice model is highly regarded in Japan. To help Japanese future pharmacists develop an international perspective, understanding the training and practice of pharmacists in the United States would be beneficial. However, it is not easy to connect with American pharmacists. Using a web-based video and audio conferencing cloud platform, Japanese pharmacy students were able to interact and communicate with American pharmacists. This project will assess and report the effectiveness of using this video conference in providing lecture remotely.
Methods: American pharmacists provided interactive lecture to Japanese pharmacy students via a web-based video and audio conferencing cloud platform. The objective of the lecture was to introduce Japanese pharmacy students to the roles, education and training of pharmacists in various practice settings in United States. The lecture time including questions and answers section was 30 minutes. Students were allowed to submit questions post lecture for questions that were not able to answer during lecture and question and answer section. At the end of the lecture, a web-based questionnaire survey was conducted. The questionnaire was designed to assess the students’ level of understanding of the lecture’s content materials, and the students’ opinion on the lecture’s format including the video’s image and sound quality. Refer to the questionnaire survey for more details.
Results: The answers to the questionnaire survey were collected from 146 people. More than 90% of people surveyed were able to understand the lecture content. Regarding the lecture’s video format, 40% of opinions suggested the video’s image quality need improvement, but there was no problem reported with video’s sound quality. 88% of the survey’s participants were positive about the web-based video conference lecture format compared to the traditional in-person lectures where the lecturer is present in the classroom. These results suggested that the location of the professor or lecturer (i.e. the lecturer is present in the classroom or lecture remotely from offsite) has little effect or impact on the students’ learning.
Conclusion: Web-based video and audio conferencing cloud platform is a useful and effective method to provide lecture or presentation remotely. The same educational interactive learning effects can be achieved as in traditional face-to-face lecture environment where the lecturer stands in front of the classroom.