Development and Assessment of a Tool to Track and Evaluate Experiential Education Activities
University at Buffalo
Applied learning refers to an educational approach where students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on or real-world settings and can include experiential education activities. Historically, students at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have maintained an individual document of general reflections on each experiential education activity (e-portfolio), which is a useful document when assessing an individual student. However, this process has limitations, as it is difficult to assess the experiences as an aggregate and evaluate the program as a whole. Therefore, we are developing a measurement tool to improve both the individual student data collected and the ability to assess activities at the aggregate level. The goal of the proposed project is to examine the validity and reliability of the measure, which has potential for use by other programs.