In the 21st Century, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) acts as an important role to support learning of the core content. In Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at Silpakorn University, ICT literacy and core content about herbal information were integrated to support learning herbal medicine. Several tools were introduced to collect and applied herbal information. To design and implement an herb database, the Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) was taught. Microsoft Office Access was used as a tool to create an herb database. The concept of normalization, tables, relationship, queries, forms and reports were educated. In Knowledge Management (KM), the process of transfer tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge and the reverse process were introduced. Students could find herbal information from reliable sources and put it into the Knowledge Unifying Initiator for Herbal Information (a version for pharmacy students, KUIHerbRx). The concept of an electronic book (e-book) was introduced to students. A set of tools were suggested to use for creating an e-book and publishing it to the e-book library. Herbal information was used as a sample to construct an e-book. The concept of Infographic could be applied for disseminating of herbal information. The graphic representation was successful to make audience easy to understand herbal monographs. These tools were used in practice classes in both informatics and herbal medicine courses. Students gained twofold from the integration, i.e., the knowledge including skills in ICT literacy and herbal information.
Verayuth Lertnattee, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Bunyapa Wangwattana, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Stream: Educational change through technologies
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