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The Upcoming Updates to the TiPEL SIG Standing Rules of Procedure

Christina Seeger, MLS

The SIG’s Standing Rules of Procedure have been updated to reflect the realities of a large group with diverse interests. For several years the ability of the SIG to conduct business has been hampered by the inability to reach quorum at the annual business meeting. A survey was sent to the membership in 2014 and these revisions take into account the needs and frustrations of the members that responded, as well as the needs of the SIG, and requirements of AACP.

A summary of substantive changes:

  • Updates to conform to AACP requirements, formatting corrections, update SIG name.
  • Update electronic communications, including distribution by secretary and leaving definition open to new technologies. Newsletter removed from document completely.
  • Nominations committee – slate of “no more than 2,” to allow for uncontested elections, if needed.
  • Allowance for electronic voting, electronic meetings.
  • Quorum lowered to 20 members, as a result of the 2014-15 member survey results (down from 10%).
  • Meeting agenda updated, allowing for more flexibility in both face-to-face and online business meetings.
  • Resolutions Committee – document updated to make this an ad hoc committee, constituted by the Chair (Secretary no longer automatic committee chair).
  • Reformatting of the document sections to make it easier to read (as requested by AACP).

This document is temporarily available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_2OgVxIslYtaDMtN1Vmc3RIX2c/view?usp=sharing

 The revised Standing Rules of Procedure must now be voted on by SIG members to replace the outdated Bylaws. Further information about that Special Vote, which is expected be held this semester in preparation for the Annual Meeting, will be shared as soon as available. In the meantime if you have any questions about the revisions please direct them to: Christina Seeger (seeger@uiwtx.edu) or Lana Dvorkin Camiel (lana.dvorkin@mcphs.edu).

Smart Games and Apps for Medical Education

Timothy Aungst, PharmD

Some Background

If you attended the recent AACP Annual Meeting this year, you surely saw all the attention that games are getting as a way to help educate pharmacy students. No suprise, the rest of the medical community has also turned an eye to such areas. I was fortunate to attend Stanfords MedXEd conference a recently, and several companies were showcasing such products. 

Most of the apps and platforms discussed were geared towards medical and nursing students. However, there is a large amount here that could be used in pharmacy education. Of note, I think the initial success some of these platforms are seeing, and their adoption by students, demonstrates the viable market of such tech in pharmacy education as well. I would suggest looking into these platforms as a possible tool to learn from.

Can an App Predict Our Students GPA or Mental Wellness?

NPR recently covered research from Dartmouth that investigated whether an app could determine their undergrad students GPA. What is most surprising is the level of accuracy reported was consistent with actual grades versus predicted scores.

The investigators created an app (StudentLife) that essentially used a smartphone to assess the environment their students were in to infer situation awareness through computational algorithms, to embrace a semi-educational quantified self. The premise focused on several core areas including:

  • Wake/Sleep Cycles
  • Location Status (e.g. Gym, Library, Home, Off-Campus)
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Levels
  • Eating Habits
  • Sound Environment (noisy vs quiet)

Surveys were also used through the course of the investigation to assess students overall status, and evaluate changes. Other data collected included study habits and their correlation to social activities (e.g. partying). I highly recommend a look at the studies website to see the data figures and dataset if you are so keen.

What may be interesting to see in the future is applicability of this initial foray into the quantified student lifestyle on professional students education. While the study was small (30 students) and focused on undergraduates, it may give some insight into what could be done to assess students in healthcare studies such as Pharmacy Schools. This may also factor in with increasing concern regarding students mental health, as these apps may help with early identification of studies requiring further intervention or possible aid in the course of their education. Expanding beyond this, such an app approach could be used to assess students in post-grad programs such as residencies. It will remain to be seen how much further this research will be taken, and to what level of applicability it may have.

Need some Visual Content Tools?

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Ever want to create some original visual content?

There are a number of online websites geared to giving users the ability to create visual content. This includes simple infographics, banners, and flashy images. Personally, I gravitate towards this content as a way to 'spice' up my slides in lectures. However, I also use them for social media, and original projects. 

One example is Canva, which is a great way to help make Facebook, Twitter, and other social media banners, without having to know the direct image limitations and restrictions, or having to create them on Photoshop.

If you want to take a quick look into some tools, Te@achThought has a listing and some recommendations of available tools. So give it a look, and follow the Link!

Welcome to TiPEL!

Greetings!

Welcome to the new website for the Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning SIG. The goal of this relaunched website is to help not only pharmacists, but hopefully other healthcare academics looking to use technology in their daily lives for education and learning purposes.

What we are setting out to accomplish:

  • News and Blog Posts - It is our hope to present and curate articles related to new technologies or areas for readers to use in their daily practice. We will gladly take any recommendations.
  • Resources - This section will include not only 'how-to' guides by fellow academics, but also links to recent webinars from TiPEL or available online for your use, and a rundown of interesting websites  and latest research you may find of use.
  • Meeting Information - Last but not least, we hope to use this website to broadcast upcoming meeting information, workshops, and relevant posters/abstracts and presentations at related meetings. Currently this section will be closed off until we get closer to the AACP Annual Meeting.

We look forward to the success of this website, and as always, feel free to comment and make recommendations! 

If you would like to contribute, please see the Contact Page!