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E – Learning Concept

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) in furtherance of its mandate of regulating the education and practice of Pharmacy profession in all its aspects and ramifications designs and administers the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Programme. The main objective of the programme is to update the knowledge and skills of Pharmacists in current trends and global best practices in Pharmacy.

The Council in line with global trends is planning to introduce e-Learning for the MCPD Programme. E – Learning is learning conducted via electronic media, especially on the Internet. E - Learning has substantial benefits and offers unique opportunities for professionals who might otherwise have limited time to update their knowledge and skills through the PCN MCPD programme. It incorporates innovative and creative approaches to instruction and provides unprecedented access to resources and information sharing. The benefits of e-learning are as follows:

  • e-Learning is student centered: The learner is the core of any e-Learning system. Learning materials and activities will be designed with the needs and interests of the learner in mind. Pharmacists will assume control of their learning experience and use it to suit their own specific needs.
  • e-Learning is self-directed and self-paced: Learners control the amount of time they spend on any particular topic. This allows learners to spend additional time on difficult items before moving on or to skip material they already understand. This “individualized” approach usually allows learners to complete their education and training faster than in traditional courses.
  • e-Learning is interactive and hands-on: The use of a variety of multimedia in e-Learning increases student involvement and reinforces the learning experience. This leads to increased retention and a stronger grasp of the subject at hand.
  • e-Learning is flexible: Learning can take place anytime and anywhere, as long as the necessary equipment is accessible. The logistics and expense of face-to-face programmes can be extremely limiting.
  • e-Learning provides consistent and effective training: All of the target learners can participate simultaneously and receive the same information, reducing the variability introduced through multiple sessions in different locations. Learners can also interact real time with each other for cross fertilization of ideas.

However, e-learning also has limitations. These include:

  • Computer literacy and access to equipment: The e-Learning system will involve basic equipment and a minimum level of computer knowledge in order to perform the tasks of learning. It is hoped, however, that the average Pharmacist possesses these skills and has access to these tools.
  • The Pharmacists themselves can be a limitation to e-Learning: The flexibility and student-centered nature of e-Learning requires a high level of student responsibility. A successful e-Learning student must be well organized, self-motivated, and have good time management skills. What you get out of an e-Learning program is directly related to the amount of effort you put in. The PCN, however, believes that the Pharmacist is self-motivated enough to access the MCPD programme for his own benefit.

The e – Learning Centre will be resident and controlled in the PCN Registry. Pharmacists will be availed the opportunity of earning the required credit points for the modules via the e – Learning Centre portal and will be able to print their certificates when they have achieved the set learning objectives and processes. 

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