Collaborative development of an online pharmacy experiential learning database

  • Susanne Owen University of South Australia
  • Greg Ryan University of Sydney
  • Jim Woulfe University of Sydney
  • Leigh McKauge University of Queensland
  • Ieva Stupans University of New England


Academics preparing students for experiential placements within professional programs require considerable curriculum planning and pedagogical expertise. Communities of practice involving workshops and online processes provide opportunities for collaborative work in developing quality curriculum materials and also in supporting widespread dissemination. The aim of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project was to collaboratively establish an online repository of tasks and other associated resources. These tasks were intended for potential inclusion in the suite of activities that could be required to be completed in a pharmacy experiential clinical placement. An educational template and website were initially created, with over 90 academics and other industry partners subsequently attending a series of workshops to share ideas and develop the online materials. Online surveys regarding the tasks, written feedback concerning workshop processes and interviews were conducted as part of the ongoing evaluation processes to ascertain the effectiveness of the tasks and processes and to inform future directions. Workshops and follow up processes resulted in publication of twenty eight tasks, positive responses to the materials and to the collaborative processes.


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Author Biographies

Susanne Owen, University of South Australia
Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
University of South Australia
Greg Ryan, University of Sydney
Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney
Jim Woulfe, University of Sydney
Sydney e-Learning, The University of Sydney
Leigh McKauge, University of Queensland
School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland
Ieva Stupans, University of New England
School of Science and Technology, University of New England
How to Cite
Owen, S., Ryan, G., Woulfe, J., McKauge, L., & Stupans, I. (2011). Collaborative development of an online pharmacy experiential learning database. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(7).