Blended-learning in a clinical veterinary degree program: Face to face versus technology enhanced learning methods.

Robert Kelly, Monika Mihm-Carmichael

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The concept of blended learning has received much interest in higher education to facilitate efficient and effective learning. By combining face-to-face teaching with technology-enhanced-learning, through online resources, students can manage their own learning. There is a trend for clinical teaching to be orientated around problem based learning activities to apply clinical concepts using face-to-face and online methods, yet it is unclear if this blended approach is perceived as beneficial by students. This article describes the feedback received from 123 veterinary students undertaking a new 4-week clinical farm animal module in the middle of a veterinary degree in 2016. The module combined face-to-face lecture, practical and tutorial sessions with multiple online resources. Feedback was collected using a structured online questionnaire at the end of the module and log data were collected as part of routine teaching auditing. Questionnaire responses were a mixture of multiple-choice, likert-scale or free-text. Appreciation and value of different resources was analysed from these responses using simple quantitative and thematic methods.Overall, students perceived that they benefitted from aspects of the face-to-face and technology-enhanced learning resources. Face-to face teaching was appreciated for practical activities whereas online resources were particularly appreciated for course organisation and flexibility to access course materials. A blended approach was highly regarded in most areas but particularly for clinical skills teaching combining video/ image and practical activities. However students identified limitations with online resources which are of importance when constructing blended courses. Overall, blended learning shows potential in clinical courses to enhance student-led learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2017
EventVet Ed 2017: Veterinary Education Conference - University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20177 Jul 2017


ConferenceVet Ed 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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