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American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2009; 73 (3) Article 41. VIEWPOINTS New IDEAS to Improve the Quality of AJPE Articles Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD Editor, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Academic pharmacy is a prolific scholarly environ- method achieves the intended results, an evidence-based ment because of traditional research and also because of approach to teaching. Because new instructional methods activity in the scholarship of teaching. The expansion of are often costly or time consuming to implement, we must the pharmacy education enterprise, including new schools require evidence of effectiveness. The Journal typically and expanded class sizes and numbers of faculty mem- does not publish purely descriptive reports about new in- bers, along with new accreditation standards and advan- structional methods. While descriptions of new instruc- ces in the general field of higher education are all tional methods are clearly important to the academy, the prompting active scholarship related to pharmacy educa- description alone is of minimal value without evidence tion. Many pharmacy faculty members are eager to de- that the new methods are effective. To be accepted for velop new courses and make them known to their US publication, papers in this category must conform to the and international colleagues. With each passing year, IDEAS criteria. the Journal receives an increasing number of manuscripts As stated in the IDEAS paper, the guidelines apply to related to new courses or other advances in instructional innovations that describe and evaluate instructional de- design and assessment; thus, a section of the Journal is sign and include new courses, parts of courses, integration dedicated to those papers. of selected competencies across the curriculum, assess- In this issue, Dr. Therese Poirier and colleagues have ment of instructional outcomes, and the use of technolo- updated the IDEAS paper that was first pub
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