Instructional design and assessment: a simulated learning environment for teaching medicine dispensing skills

Jenny McDowell, Kim Styles, Keith Sewell, Peta Trinder, Jennifer Marriott, Sheryl Maher, Som Naidu

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Objective. To develop an authentic simulation of the professional practice dispensary context for students to develop their dispensing skills in a risk-free environment. 

Design. A development team used an Agile software development method to create MyDispense, a web-based simulation. Modeled on virtual learning environments elements, the software employed widely available standards-based technologies to create a virtual community pharmacy environment. 

Assessment. First-year pharmacy students who used the software in their tutorials, were, at the end of the second semester, surveyed on their prior dispensing experience and their perceptions of MyDispense as a tool to learn dispensing skills. 

Conclusion. The dispensary simulation is an effective tool for helping students develop dispensing competency and knowledge in a safe environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Drug dispensing skills
  • MyDispense
  • Simulated learning environment

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