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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In veterinary medicine, we have long discussed “PBL” meaning “Problem-Based Learning,” but in his educational blog, A.J. Juliani discusses 10 educational truths supporting a related PBL, Project-Based Learning. Cases or problems can motivate and incentivize students allowing them to express their interests and follow their curosity. Veterinary faculty in pre-clinical years should consider this more active learning approach.
Justin Ferriman, CEO of LearnDash, reviewed his predictions for e-learning in 2017. He suggests that he "nailed it" by predicting 2 major developments this year:
Innovation Around Micro-Learning: development of "micro-content," such as short videos or bite-sized learning modules, such as those us developed and curated by VetMedAcademy. Help us keep the trend going. Recommend or provide links to excellent content for students worldwide.