The WikiVet project has just received funding of £ 4,770 from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust to support the production of self assessment within the wiki. WikiVet is managed through a steering group including the veterinary schools at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham and London as well as the LIVE Centre at the RVC and the MEDEV Subject Centre.
WikiVet is a collaborative Web 2.0 based initiative which supports a global community of students and lecturers with a common interest in veterinary education. Since its establishment in 2007 as a predominantly pathology based website, WikiVet has expanded to cover the preclinical and clinical undergraduate curriculum with over 2,000 pages of content and 2,500 regular users accessing the material from a diverse range of countries.
Whilst directed and supervised by members of academic staff at the UK veterinary schools, all the information in WikiVet is compiled by a team of highly motivated veterinary undergraduates endeavouring to create an online version of the entire veterinary curriculum. Wiki technologies allow text to be supplemented with a combination of video clips, photographs and interactive material providing a more comprehensive and engaging overview of a subject than any textbook.
The next phase of WikiVet development will integrate online MCQ self assessment tools throughout the wiki. This will enhance the existing content by providing an interactive way for students to identify the sections that would be of most benefit for them to study. Undergraduate students will develop the material supervised by a recent veterinary graduate over 4 weeks in the summer 2009 vacation. In addition incentives will provided for clinical staff to review and correct the completed questions.
More information can be found by registering with WikiVet