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Pharmacy faculty support students in transition to online learning

Pharmacy faculty support students in transition to online learning

Learning to be a pharmacist is a complex endeavor. Learning to be a pharmacist and adapting to unexpected virtual instruction was a challenge Drake faculty and students tackled together. “I felt like we were true to Drake values, especially ‘All in this Together,’” said Erik Maki, an associate professor in the Drake College of Pharmacy...

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Like working attorneys, Drake law students counsel clients via video

Like working attorneys, Drake law students counsel clients via video

Attorneys working in a pandemic must build client trust without meeting in person. It’s a challenge for everyone in the profession, and a skill that student attorneys in the Drake Law School’s Entrepreneurial and Transactional Clinic are currently building. Students continue to provide legal assistance to business startups, entrepreneurs, and community nonprofit organizations. After being...

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Students in science literacy course studied the COVID-19 outbreak as it happened

Students in science literacy course studied the COVID-19 outbreak as it happened

In spring 2020, Dan Chibnall was scheduled to teach a course in science literacy—and then COVID-19 erupted. “From the first day of class, we followed the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China,” Chibnall said. “We focused on the outbreak in real time, like seeing a huge wave approaching from a distance.” Chibnall is an...

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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences adapts experiential learning to pandemic conditions

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences adapts experiential learning to pandemic conditions

Despite a pandemic, final-year Drake University pharmacy and occupational therapy (OT) students are still gaining real-world experience through their experiential education.  Every year, the experiential education team for the Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) places students throughout the country at hospitals, clinics, community organizations, pharmacies, and medical offices. When the pandemic hit,...

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Incorporating COVID-19 into curriculum

Incorporating COVID-19 into curriculum

This is the fifth in a series of stories on excellence and innovation in online teaching—despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The coronavirus had a significant impact on Associate Professor Jerry Honts’ molecular biology class, and not just because the course moved online. COVID-19 is now a major part of the curriculum and the...

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Design students collaborate remotely to design new tabletop games

Design students collaborate remotely to design new tabletop games

This is the fourth in a series of stories on excellence and innovation in online teaching—despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Catan, Wingspan, Ticket to Ride, Concordia. These tabletop games and others have hit their stride recently as social distancing has compelled people to spend more time at home and away from friends. For...

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Drake University to celebrate 148th commencement virtually Saturday

Drake University to celebrate 148th commencement virtually Saturday

Drake University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of 1,071 students who are eligible to receive their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The virtual commencement website can be viewed any time beginning Saturday, May 16. Content on the website will include the conferring of degrees; remarks from University administrators and deans,...

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Effective team management and video meetings allow business students to successfully adapt to remote learning

Effective team management and video meetings allow business students to successfully adapt to remote learning

This is the third in a series of stories on excellence and innovation in online teaching—despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. When Lynn McCool, assistant professor of business communication, faced the reality of moving her professional written communication course to a remote setting, she moved expeditiously to adjust both the content and format of...

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Home on the Plains: SJMC students adapt Urban Plains multimedia capstone to respond to COVID-19

Home on the Plains: SJMC students adapt Urban Plains multimedia capstone to respond to COVID-19

Despite the move to online classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, Drake University faculty are finding innovative ways to engage and connect with students virtually. Take, for instance, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication multimedia capstone. In a typical semester, the capstone manages and produces rich, immersive, multimedia stories for the...