I last left you in the Spring with an optimistic take on the long-term impact of the pandemic on veterinary education.
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 its worldwide YouTube channel activity double just within the last month.
Educational realities for veterinary schools have evolved very rapidly over the last few weeks of the expanding COVID-19 pandemic. Assuming that you have the luxury of seeing beyond life's current realities, I thought we might all be looking for a silver linings out there. Here is my two-part attempt to find some for veterinary education.
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 be played in front of crowds.
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. Basically, medical information is now doubling every 4 months, compared to 7 years 40 years ago!