Methods Used to Facilitate Learning

Student Communication

Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy primarily use email to communicate information to students. Students are responsible for checking their email regularly to keep abreast of information sent by the university, the health science center and the college. Rangel College of Pharmacy students will be assigned a Gmail ( and a health science center ( email account. The Texas A&M Health Science Center and the Rangel College of Pharmacy will primarily communicate with students using the health science center account, whereas the university will primarily communicate with students using the Gmail account. Students may forward emails from their Gmail account to their health science center account by following the instructions in Gmail.

Students are responsible for keeping their college and university email accounts open and accessible. Students must also provide the Office of Student Affairs an email address from a vendor not affiliated with Texas A&M University or the Texas A&M Health Science Center (e.g., Yahoo). Students should view the college account at least twice a day and the university account, if not forwarded to the college account, at least once a week.

In addition to email, the Rangel College of Pharmacy also communicates with students by posting information on bulletin boards, distributing information in class, placing information in student mailboxes and on Blackboard. Students are responsible for routinely checking their mailbox, bulletin boards and Blackboard for information posted by the college.

Active Student Engagement

The Rangel College of Pharmacy is committed to active, lifelong learning, and strongly encourages its students to actively participate in their learning activities. A variety of active learning and pedagogical methods are used by the college faculty. The selection of an appropriate instructional method is at the discretion of the instructor(s), as deemed appropriate for a given course/topic.

Students are expected to be actively engaged in the learning process, and may be called upon by faculty in classroom learning activities. While advanced student preparation may be required in certain courses to augment their understanding of a given topic or subject matter, students should generally come prepared to discuss any assigned reading materials in class. Audience Response Devices may be used to facilitate learning as well as to monitor student attendance. Students are required to have their Audience Response Device available and functional at all times.

Recitation hours are scheduled for review and/or reinforcement of materials students may find difficult. Student attendance is strongly encouraged for all recitation sessions. Students are expected to meet their instructors during their posted office hours and are highly encouraged to make prior appointments to meet with their instructors outside of the office hours.

Audio/Video Recording and Student Assessment Activity Copying

Lectures may be video recorded and recordings may be offered as an adjunct to student learning. The decision to provide, or not provide, lecture recordings is at the sole discretion of the instructor, except in cases where the connection between the Kingsville and College Station campuses is lost during a lecture. In this case, the college requires the instructor to release the recording to students on both campuses. Due to occasional technical difficulties, provision of recorded lectures is not guaranteed.

Student audio or video recording, including photography, of any class session and/or materials (including exams) is not allowed without prior permission of the instructor. Online posting or other forms of electronic dissemination of any recording or instructional materials is strictly forbidden without prior specific written permission from the instructor.

If exam questions are posted or presented for student review, recording them is strictly prohibited, whether by photography, audio recording, note-taking or any other method. Possession or distribution of exam questions is strictly prohibited.