The School of Pharmacy represented by the Dean, Dr. Mohamad Rahal, Assistant Dean at Beirut Campus Dr. Michelle Cherfan, Chairperson of the Biomedical Department and of the Curriculum Committee Dr. Fadi Hdeab and Chairperson of the pharmaceutical Sciences Department and of the Assessment and Evaluation Committee, Dr. Dalal Hammoudi participated in the second regional faculty development workshop under the theme Best Practices for Planning Educational Assessment and Curriculum Mapping. The workshop was held at Al Ain University (AAU) -Abu Dhabi Campus, on the 5th and 6th of March, 2017. It was organized by AAU in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) represented by Dr. John Ressler director of academic programs and professional development at AACP and Dr. Mike Rouse, director of international services ACPE.
More than 80 faculty members from 22 schools of pharmacy from 11 countries participated in the workshop that was designed to assist teams of 3 to 5 pharmacy faculty members from a university work together to evaluate their assessment practices.
Dr. Fadi Alkhateeb and Dr. Linda Garavalia, world-renowned pharmacy educators and experts in assessment and accreditation, lead discussions and activities intended to assist attendees in developing a framework for a comprehensive assessment plan. One plenary session focused on programmatic and curricular assessment. Another session aimed at developing effective program outcomes and learning objectives and discussed how the use of assessment data can improve student learning and educational programs by increasing program cohesiveness through alignment of assessments, course objectives, and program outcomes. Moreover, different assessment methods were explained with a focus on selecting and creating effective assessments most suited to individual institution and program needs. Lastly, curriculum mapping was presented as a powerful assessment tool and the participating attendees had the opportunity to start the curriculum mapping process.
After each plenary session, faculty members from each university worked together through exercises referred to as team time activities. The objective of these activities was to answer questions and to discuss cases designed to consider the assessment activities related to our program, along with developing a survey and initiating a list of program assessments within assessment map categories to create the foundation for a program-specific assessment plan.
The SOP faculty members actively participated in the different deliberations and discussions that allowed them to return to the SOP with a comprehensive assessment plan aimed to further develop the pharmacy program and to improve the student learning outcomes.