Access to videos and photos via tablet technology seems to be easing the learning process for first-year DVM students at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).
Videos have long been a part OVC Biomedical Sciences professor Jeff Thomason’s approach to teaching the first year veterinary anatomy course. They’ve been invaluable to illustrate body structures and dissection techniques, but also limited to the introductory portion of each class.
Students would watch the video, then refer to the lab textbook during dissections, assisted by Thomason, grad student teaching assistants and lab technicians, Roman Poterski and David Robinson.
Thomason has been exploring options to further enhance video accessibility. “With tablet technology, it was obvious immediately there was good functionality with a low cost,” he says.
The new approach allows students to take the videos along on tablets as they work their way through each lab section.
Each tablet holds a set of videos for a given lab for a particular species, as well as photos of individual areas and diagrams for that day’s lesson. The videos guide students through each step, not only illustrating each structure, but also dissection techniques.
Students can work through the steps at their own pace, pausing the videos to review as often as they like and can also easily pop out of the video to look at still photos of particular areas.
Students also teach and coach each other and “that’s proven to be very effective,” adds Thomason.