Thursday, 3 September 2009

New Pots at AMEE

Just back from the AMEE 2009 Conference in Malaga. If you did not get a chance to go, it is worth reviewing the archived video presentations from previous years - check out Marc Prensky in Trondheim - you will need to register for the site but well worthwhile!

The e-Media Unit presented two short communications. Chris Trace, a recent RVC greaduate, gave an excellent overview of the e-Case system he has developed to create flash based cases authored by students. Nick Short talked about engaging students in developing e-learning content for example with the Wiki Vet development. He half suceeded in setting up a live Skype link to students in the UK - the video was great but the technical support were not able to set up the audio...... shame. Copies of the presentations can be found on the RVC web site.

There was the annual meeting of VIEW including a fascinating workshop on Professionalism organised by:
  • Liz Mossop (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Sarah Baillie (Royal Veterinary College, UK)
  • Michèle Doucet (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Gill McConnell (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Esther de Groot (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
The EU has just agreed to fund an ambitious new e-learning project led by Utrecht and including Hannover, RVC, Budapest and Bucharest veterinary schools - more on this later.

Finally it was really rewarding to see the anatomy potcasting model developed at the RVC has now been adopted by the University fo St Andrews Bute medical school. They gave a presentation at the conference in which they demonstrated how effective the technique has proved for medics too.