Learn about eLearning with the NPA

The NPA’s eLearning platform is a fast-developing, interactive and innovative way to carry out training. As the NPA’s eLearning content developers, our job is to convert the current NPA paper courses to an eLearning format, making them available online. This involves adhering to eLearning methodologies and principles and making the training interactive to ensure students are learning in the most efficient way possible. Many of our courses include quizzes, assessments and other engaging activities.

eLearning is preferable for many learners because they have the opportunity to log in and complete their courses online at their own pace, while being able to learn independently. Students are assigned a supervising pharmacist who acts as a mentor should the student need any guidance. The supervising pharmacist plays an important role in the student’s learning journey as they are responsible for reviewing and grading their student’s activity books, and can easily complete this task on the eLearning platform. The NPA’s eLearning course for Pre-registration Pharmacists is a blend of face-to-face study days and eLearning resources. Throughout the year our Professional Development Pharmacists travel off-site to deliver face-to-face training on topics such as the central nervous and cardiovascular systems. We produce eLearning content to support these study days and our formative modules focus on interaction and engagement, often using visual activities like matching drag-and-drop. We use animation to connect with students- for example, a pumping heart to show the direction of blood flow and an interactive BMI calculator. Along the way, students answer questions based on case studies and complete informative, clinical and calculative tests which do not qualify for an official result but give users an indication of how they are progressing.…