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Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (EBIPs): “The time has come…” duncanf Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:19

I last left you in the Spring with an optimistic take on the long-term impact of the pandemic on veterinary education.

The Optimist Club, Part 2: Longterm Perspective of the COVID-19 Challenge for Veterinary Education duncanf Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:30

In Part 1, I offered some suggestions about the immediate challenge of moving one’s instructional efforts rapidly online.   Hopefully, both faculty and students are flexibly adapting to the current reality.   As an example of an increase in search for “external” teaching resources, VetMedAcademy has seen

The Optimist Club, Part 1: Short-Term Perspective of the COVID-19 Challenge for Veterinary Education duncanf Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:26

Educational realities for veterinary schools have evolved very rapidly over the last few weeks of the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.

Viral Learning duncanf Wed, 03/11/2020 - 18:07

We are certainly in challenging times with the spread of the coronavirus.  Many universities are closing and encouraging students to remain home after Spring break in North America.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) just announced that “March Madness,” the college basketball tournament in the U.S., will not

Student and Professional Well-Being: What might Artificial Intelligence do for it? duncanf Mon, 03/02/2020 - 14:52

In past blog posts, I’ve addressed the ideals of active learning and of encouraging critical clinical thinking for the burgeoning veterinary medical professional. I’ve also talked about information overload but have never discussed the toll that this reality might be taking on our students.

Boosting the Retention of Learning duncanf Thu, 01/30/2020 - 21:21

Any instructor, particularly those in content-rich medical curricula, has seen the rapid decay of recall of information that has been the focus of prior study AND examination.  Having taught pharmacology in a curricula with short (1 week) practical clinically focused rotations that immediately followed an 8-week didactic lecture-base course in pharmacology, I’ve heard students claim ignorance about a topic they were examined on only a couple of weeks earlier!  

"New Learning": How Might it Look in Veterinary Education? duncanf Fri, 10/04/2019 - 16:35

Anyone who is interested in a body of work on the future of education should follow the work of Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope at the University of Illinois College of Education. They have just released their new website which summarizes their expansive and groundbreaking efforts:

It is all about communication …and an identity of communication skills! duncanf Sat, 07/27/2019 - 08:58
All of us have our own identity or to say it more exactly we all have several identities: identity as a woman or man, as a husband or wife, as a father or child, as an educator or student … and as well as a professional veterinarian.
Videos: Don't Seek Perfection, Just Do It! duncanf Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:26

With all credit to Nike, "Just Do It!" also summarizes the video advice of Jon Bergmann, the Chief Academic Officer of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative in this installment of his series "Do This, Don't Do That" in flipped learning  (

Great Advice for Flipped/Blended Learning Approach duncanf Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:33

For those interested in learning more about the application of flipped instruction and/or blended learning techniques, we encourage you to take a look at VetMedAcademy's learning module entitled "Blended Learning and Critical Thinking." However, you might be interested in following the extensive efforts of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI) led by Jon Bergmann.

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