Educational Technology

August 23, 2011

Social media aids in veterinary medicine teaching

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By Jing Zhao, Columbia Business Times

Professors at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine have built a link between themselves and their students using social media, and they expect to use it as a powerful teaching tool. In the college’s online course for veterinary technicians, professors have posted instructional videos on YouTube that show the right ways and the wrong ways to handle animals. Using social media gives students a convenient way to study outside of the classroom. “YouTube provides access to videos that have significant teaching value,” said professor C. Chastain. “They are short, to the point, and they are well done.” Chastain said he initially wanted to bring a guest lecturer to his class instead of using a video, but he decided that videos were more reliable. He added that using YouTube to present the videos has other advantages as well. “Online presentations are more flexible to fit students’ schedules, and the material can be easily previewed by the instructor,” he said. “Also, the videos show people actively engage in the profession, which is more engaging than having someone come into class and give a PowerPoint presentation.”

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