Workshop: Pharmacology In Motion

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Workshop Time:  2:00 PM  (PDT) 


Nancy Barker, EdD, MSN, RN, CHSE
Associate Professor, West Chester University

Michelle Kaulback, EdD, RN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor, West Chester University

Moderator: Carlos Joy
Simulation Technology Specialist, Health Sciences Simulation Center, Samuel Merritt University



Participants will learn how to implement an active learning strategy in an undergraduate nursing pharmacology course. Student created commercials were designed as a course assignment to enable application of knowledge for the learners using technology.


Bonwell and Eison (1991) describe active learning as anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing. This pedagogical approach actively engages students in the learning process and assists students to move from remembering and understanding to analyzing and creating in Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning. Pharmacology is a content dense course, and often students have poor participation and engagement in lecture-style classes. Utilizing iPads in the classroom, students created a commercial related to a medication classification that included indications, side effects, nursing implications, and contraindications. Using the course learning management system, students viewed and voted on the top five commercials  in a discussion board as part of the course assignment. By creating and developing the medication commercials, students worked together to create a product that would be useful beyond the course. The personalization of learning permitted students to explore and apply new information for deeper learning in an undergraduate nursing pharmacology course. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. The learner will be able to develop an active learning strategy in an undergraduate nursing pharmacology course.
  2. The learner will be able to utilize iPad technology in the classroom for assignment development.

Workshop Tags

iPad Basics, Specialty Apps, Active Learning Strategies

Required Participant Experience

Novice (limited experience) 


Use Case, Discussion, Collaboration, Q&A

Required Devices

No devices required

Required pre-installed apps

Apple iMovie and Clips

Presenter Biographies

Nancy Barker, EdD, MSN, RN, CHSE 
Dr. Barker has worked in healthcare as a registered nurse in both the critical care and home care setting for the last 30 years. She currently works as an associate professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches in the undergraduate BSN program. Her research interests include student engagement and the integration of active learning strategies in the classroom.

Michelle Kaulback, EdD, RN, FNP-BC
Dr. Kaulback is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaulback has 17 years of experience in higher education with a focus in pharmacology, medical surgical and critical care nursing. Her academic experience includes teaching junior and senior nursing students in both the didactic and clinical settings. Research focus includes lifelong learning, active learning strategies, and student support towards NCLEX success.