Educational Technology Use in Veterinary Medical Education
School of Human and Animal Health, Becker College, United States
*Corresponding Author: Latour AV, School of Human and Animal Health, Becker College, United States.
January 17, 2022; Published: January 19, 2022
Human medical education is already utilizing educational technology tools for clinical skills training and assessment. However, there are very few veterinary programs that utilize educational technology tools to teach and assess clinical skills whereas these tools are being progressively incorporated into human programs. A major obstacle to more flexible online learning in this field is the requirement for a concurrent physical presence at a clinical veterinary site in which to accomplish required learning and assessment of hands-on clinical skills. Any educational technology tools that would be utilized as a replacement must therefore be efficient and proficient at assessing student achievement, as well as increase student engagement and academic success, to both entice current educators to use them and to attract students to academic programs incorporating the tools. In addition, the accreditation body for these programs would need to approve the use of educational technology tools in addition to or in lieu of live animal use. Telehealth and telelearning are changing the world in which we live, demonstrating the necessity for veterinary professionals to transition into using technology to assist with educating and assessing students. Therefore, instructors need to meet those changes head-on in education to prepare students to work in this new environment.
Keywords: Clinical Skills Assessment; Educational Technology; Veterinary Medical Education; Hands-On Skills; Educational Technology Tools
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