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Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018 Mar;10(3):360-366. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2017.11.009. Epub 2017 Dec 9.

Student preparation time for traditional lecture versus team-based learning in a pharmacotherapy course.

Author information

1
Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097, United States. Electronic address: beth.dejongh@cuw.edu.
2
Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097, United States. Electronic address: nicia.lemoine@cuw.edu.
3
Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097, United States. Electronic address: beth.buckley@cuw.edu.
4
Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097, United States. Electronic address: laura.traynor@cuw.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Determine how much time students spent preparing for traditional lecture versus team-based learning (TBL) for a pharmacotherapy course and determine if time spent in each pedagogy was within stated expectations for the course.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING:

Instructors used a combination of traditional lecture and TBL to deliver material. Before each lecture, instructors recorded the amount of time students spent preparing for each method using a one-question clicker-response survey.

FINDINGS:

Instructors delivered 16 hours of TBL, 32 hours of traditional lecture, and eight hours of a mix of TBL and traditional lecture. The median of students completing the survey each week was 89. A large percentage of the class (40.9%) did not prepare for traditional lecture while only 3.4% did not prepare for TBL. About 61% of students spent between 30 min and two hours preparing for a two-hour TBL session and only 10% spent more than three hours preparing.

DISCUSSION AND SUMMARY:

Results of this project show students spend little time preparing for traditional lectures without in-class accountability, which may give students the perception that TBL requires too much preparation time.

KEYWORDS:

Pharmacotherapy; Preparation; Team-based learning; Workload

PMID:
29764641
DOI:
10.1016/j.cptl.2017.11.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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