Embedding the flipped classroom approach to support student learning in animal handling and clinical skills practical classes throughout a veterinary curriculum

Alison J Catterall, Louisa K Mitchard, Sam C Brown, Lucy A Gray, Abi C M Miles, S Baillie

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Abstract

A comprehensive bank of flipped classrooms was developed to help students prepare for animal handling and clinical skills practical classes. Flipped classroom is a type of blended learning. In the context of clinical skills, it is designed to provide students with online learning resources prior to attendance at practical classes. The initiative was catalyzed by the pandemic and the resources continue to be embedded throughout the curriculum. A team approach was used for the development of the bank and the design embraced relevant pedagogical frameworks and active learning techniques. Feedback was gathered from a small group of students who completed an online form after each practical class throughout the academic year and wrote a reflective piece at the end of the project. Instructors who delivered practical classes participated in focus group discussions. Students particularly liked flipped classrooms that were well-designed with a range of content and interactivity. The main benefits for students of the flipped approach were being more prepared and confident, less anxious, and making better use of in-class time to focus on learning skills. One of the main challenges encountered by instructors was managing a group when some students have not done the pre-work. A few other issues were mentioned including when the standardized design template was not followed and the workload involved in continuing to enhance and expand the resources. Teamwork and training were crucial to the successful production of the large bank of flipped classrooms. Sharing our experience with the wider education community, within and beyond our institution, continues to be one of team’s aims.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jun 2024

Structured keywords

  • Veterinary Education Research Group

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