Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Video describing the use of digital video and media core at the RVC.

The Royal Veterinary College & MediaCore from MediaCore on Vimeo.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The End of an Era!

After a small party last night, the RVC today officially switched over from Blackboard to Moodle!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Paper presented at ALT C 2012 Conference

A new model for  collaboration with publishers in developing open educational resources
The current economic challenges of UK further and higher education[1] are likely to impact on the fortunes of future generations of students. One area that will surely be affected is the problem students encounter in finding funds to afford high cost text books. The publishing sector shows no indication of reducing prices to help alleviate this situation[2]. As a result, libraries are left struggling to purchase sufficient texts with diminishing budgets in order to support the experience that students expect from higher tuition fees. This is an uncomfortable “confrontation with reality”.

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide new opportunities to widen academic access to online literature. However, this approach can also present a competitive challenge to publishers who rely on a commercial return. This paper describes an initiative which set out to challenge the apparent conflict of interest by exploring ways that academia could actively develop new partnerships with publishers based on the joint production of OERs.

The project was based around a comprehensive professional wiki with over 3,000 pages of content including an extensive set of curriculum resources. In discussion with a number of commercial publishers a mutual benefit in sharing material was identified. By contributing free content to the wiki, the publishers recognised that they could raise awareness of their own commercial resources. Content was provided under a Creative Commons licence and then repurposed so that it could be embedded into the wiki.

A number of strategies were developed in order to drive extra traffic to these new resources. Including translation of the content into French and Spanish, publishing podcast versions of key content on iTunes and promoting resources using Facebook , Twitter and e-newsletter feeds. User statistics on access to this content and levels of referral traffic were recorded and the impact of different promotion strategies compared.

This paper summarises the key findings of the project including describing the learner’s perspective as well as that of the academic and the publisher. It presents some of the benefits of collaboration but also highlights areas that need careful consideration when entering into such partnerships.

This paper will be of interest to colleagues wishing to explore ways that they can access new sources of open content which could enhance their own teaching materials.

[1]     Wilkinson J and B Bekhradnia (2011). Higher education: students at the heart of the system. An analysis of the higher education white paper. Higher Education Policy Institute. [All URLs in this document were accessed August 2011].
[2]     Monbiot G (August 2011). The Lairds of Learning.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

AMEE 2012

At the AMEE 2012 Conference in Lyon we ran a pre conference workshop on Web 2.0 tools. This event was organised by Veterinary Education Worldwide (VIEW).

Together with our colleagues, along with our colleagues Professor Sarah Baillie and Dr Jan Ehlers, we ran a series of sessions to explore how tools such as Facebook, Blogs and Wikis could be better used to enhance veterinary education and learning. Versions of some of our presentations are embedded below. However, for more information register with the NOVICE web site and visit the VIEW section!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

JVME Paper : Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Student-Authored Electronic Cases

Chris Trace, Sarah Baillie, Nick Short
In medical education, virtual patients are now widely used to support and enhance clinical teaching. However, there is still only a limited adoption of similar methods in veterinary education. This paper describes an initiative at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London to develop student-authored cases during clinical rotations that were subsequently adapted for self-directed learning in the undergraduate curriculum as virtual patients. This approach was designed to enhance the quality of the clinical learning experience, assist in the development of clinical reasoning skills, and complement the existing teaching caseload. 

The creation of virtual patients involved a two-stage process. In the first stage, students compiled clinical case data and media from patients admitted to the teaching hospitals. They then used these resources to develop electronic cases using a customized Microsoft PowerPoint template that were presented at grand rounds to clinicians and other students. In the second stage, selected cases were further developed with the integration of self-assessment and additional media to create virtual patients for use in teaching. 

A survey was used to gather feedback on students' experiences in creating and using electronic cases. It was completed by 163 final-year students (81%) and the results indicated that all respondents had created electronic cases on one or more rotations (mean=4.3 rotations, range=1–9). Overall, the feedback suggested that the students found creating and using these cases useful and that the experience improved their approach to a case.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Open Educational Resources for new graduates

The eMedia Unit is working with the RCVS Trust and partners from across the UK veterinary sector on a project to aid the transition from veterinary school to practice. This is funded by Higher Education Academy/JISC under the Open Educational Resources Programme.

The project will investigate the challenges that veterinary graduates face as they start out in the workplace, identify what they need to help them meet these challenges, review the veterinary and generic OERs that are available to meet these needs and suggest ways in which these OERs can be made more accessible. The project will run until 30 November 2012.
More information on the project website

Friday, 15 June 2012

RVC innovates with online video

Digital media and in particular video has huge potential in the education sector. The RVC has been working with Mediacore, a innovative media company based in Vancouver, to exploit this opportunity in veterinary education. The video below captures some of the experiences that we have had to date and the opportunities that we see for the future....

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Moodle and meerkats in the field!

This photo is of Jenny Maud who graduated as a vet from Cambridge University in 2006 (and a friendly meerkat!).

The photo was taken in the middle of the Kalahari desert where she was carrying out a research project on meerkats whilst simultaneously administering the online content of distance learning courses at the RVC. She is now working on the Global Citizenship project.

Using a satellite modem link and a laptop, Jenny was able to log in to Moodle and enrol new users whilst watching her meerkats...... now that is a pretty cool use of technology!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Flash Cards on WikiVet

Flashcards from Manson Books on WikiVet

Manson Self assessment book sample questions converted into WikiVet format. Each question has links to at least to one regular WikiVet page, that has also been either written from the start or checked and updated.
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Equine Orthopaedics and Rheumatology Q&A
21 questions
Small Mammals Q&A
21 questions
Avian Medicine Q&A
25 questions
Equine Internal Medicine Q&A
23 questions
Cattle Medicine Q&A
11 questions
Sheep Medicine Q&A
11 questions
Small Animal Dermatology Q&A
22 questions
Equine Reproduction and Stud Medicine Q&A
21 questions
Cytology Q&A
18 questions
Rabbit Medicine and Surgery Q&A
21 questions
Feline Medicine Q&A
24 questions
Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Q&A
22 questions
Veterinary Dentistry Q&A
22 questions
Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Q&A
22 questions
Small Animal Orthopaedics Q&A
18 questions
Small Animal Abdominal and Metabolic Disorders Q&A
19 questions
Ornamental Fish Q&A
26 questions
Reptiles and Amphibians Q&A
24 questions

CABI datasheets

CABI Datasheets on WikiVet

The following links to data sheets abstracted from the CABI Veterinary Compendium as part of the WikiVet OVAL project. Each of these pages has been reviewed and has associated flashcards questions linking from it. 
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