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  • Path to a Clinician
    "Engineering" a Veterinarian: Re-Evaluating the Path from Prerequisites to Competency

    A recent educational survey research article was just published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Opinion pieces on veterinary education aside, research articles of this nature are relatively rare for this journal, so its presence is notable in and of itself The

  • Creative Thinking
    Fostering Creative Thinking: What Does That Mean in Veterinary Education?

    At first blush, creativity in veterinary medicine, or any type of medicine, sounds like a scary proposition.  After all, none of us would like for a physician to be “winging it” when they deal with our personal medical problems. 

     

  • Open Educational Resources
    Future of Open Educational Resources

    VetMedAcademy is all about Open Educational Resources (OERs) and supports their curation and sharing via the established Creative Commons Attribution standards.  The Chronicle for Higher Education offers an analysis of the trend, noting that students are currently more apt to use OERs than faculty are to recommend them.  Certainly, at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where I taught for 10 years, and even before that at the University of Georgia, the trend was that tuition-paying students expect full note sets

  • The Thinker
    Developing Critical Thinking Skills

    Learning how to think critically is like learning a new language...best done as young as possible.  The blog by MacKenzie Masten (link below) describes 5 strategies for encouraging critical thinking amongst K-12 students.

  • Critical Thinking Skills
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Add more Critical Thinking practice in schools

    OK, for our non-U.S. members, the title of this Washington Post opinion piece by 6-time National Basketball League champion and social justice, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, sounds like a play on the U.S. President's campaign slogan.  But it really is more than that. It is a serious argument to highlight that in today's society, where almost 2/3 of us get news from social media, we need to start very early (kindergarten through high school) with educating students to think critically about what they read, and ultimately, about what they know.  

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