Student training for community screening events: Asynchronous and live training comparison
posted on 06.04.2021, 19:13by Alice N Hemenway, Haley Fox, Ryan Hill, Jacquelyn Punches, Heidi R Olson
One way pharmacy students contribute to their community while simultaneously practicing critical skills is by providing community blood pressure (BP) and blood glucose (BG) screenings. Instruction on correct techniques ensures student participants obtain accurate results and develop confidence. Previously, community event training had been held live and in person, but due to a curriculum change, an asynchronous online training program was piloted. The purpose of this study was to determine if the online training provides similar confidence, convenience, and knowledge when compared to live training.
Three online training modules (BP, BG, and event procedures) were built into a web-based course management system. Each online module consisted of an educational slideshow, an instructional video, and a short quiz. A 10-question anonymous survey was given both before and after the live training in 2017, as well as before and after the asynchronous, online training in 2018. Data were compared using descriptive statistics to see if the increase in knowledge and confidence was similar.
The live training event had 69 participants; the online training had 77 participants. Both the live and online training had 99 to 100% successful completion, based upon skill demonstration (live), or quiz (online). Both the live and online training had increases in reported student confidence. Both formats were rated as convenient by participants (9.7/10 for live, 9.6/10 for online).
The use of an online, asynchronous training program is an effective alternative for student training to prepare for participation in community screening events.
Hemenway, A. N., Fox, H., Hill, R., Punches, J.Olson, H. R. (2021). Student training for community screening events: Asynchronous and live training comparison. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2021.03.008