The Basics of Teaching Short Course was launched in March 2018 for new faculty who have limited experience in teaching DVM students. Currently, the course consists of four sessions as follows:
Creating and Delivering an Effective Lecture
Learning Objectives Writing Workshop
Multiple Choice Exam Question Writing Workshop
Methods of Promoting Active Learning in the Classroom
Although the short course is intended for new faculty, sessions are also open to established faculty, residents, PhD students, and postdocs. The short course will be repeated whenever new faculty join the school.
Cummings School faculty are invested in their teaching and many are looking for more opportunities to discuss current educational methods and the challenges facing veterinary medical education. Several topics have surfaced recently, including teaching portfolios, peer feedback on teaching, the pros and cons of lecture capture, and active learning strategies. Book clubs have also popped up periodically and we have benefited from seminars given by visiting speakers and candidates for faculty positions. However, the opportunities to review current literature and hear from educational specialists are limited at present, and they are not grouped together as a faculty development program.
The working group will explore this matter and take up the charge of developing a new program to benefit our faculty. The group will meet once a month for six months to develop the framework for the program and meetings will be scheduled for one hour; except for the final session, which will be 1.5 hours. At the end of this series of meetings, the group will assemble a proposal for review and feedback from Faculty Council, Curriculum Committee, and Dean’s Council.
Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
Faculty are encouraged to continue their professional development as educators by taking advantage of Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) programs: