Online Tools to Improve Faculty Collaboration and Time Efficiency Inside and Outside the Classroom

  • Sally A Arif Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy- Downers Grove
  • Huma Nizamuddin Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Keywords: collaboration; communication; technology; academia; faculty


The optimization of time is a valuable commodity to achieve scholarly and teaching goals. Embracing technology and the use of online tools can assist with focused communication and project collaboration with both students and faculty. An innovative approach to connecting virtually is more relevant today, as a majority of current pharmacy students are millennial-learners who are technologically proficient and more likely to adopt online tools. The aim of this commentary is to highlight the advantages of using such tools, while also stressing the considerations one should have when navigating the best fit to a faculty member’s needs.

Conflict of Interest

We declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests that the authors or members of their immediate families have in any product or service discussed in the manuscript, including grants (pending or received), employment, gifts, stock holdings or options, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents and royalties.


Type: Commentary


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Received 2017-08-29
Published 2017-10-12