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Conference Overview

The 2019 Summer Conference hosted by the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine is packed with exceptional opportunities and experiences. Outlined below are the details and schedule of the conference.

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Keynote Workshops (Wednesday & Thursday)

The Cognitive Integration of Basic and Clinical Sciences – Beyond the Buzzwords

Speakers: Drs. Nicole Woods, Maria Mylopoulos, and Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram

Global Objectives:

Over two sessions participants will be able to:

  • Understand adaptive expertise as the ultimate goal of curricula
  • Develop strategies to achieve cognitive integration in their basic science and clinical teaching
  • Develop strategies to align assessment and feedback with curricular goals

Wednesday, June 26th

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Preparing learners for adaptive expertise:

Session Objectives:

  • To understand preparing future adaptive experts as the goal of curricula
  • To introduce the concept of cognitive integration in education
  • To describe the ways in which cognitive integration supports development of adaptive expertise
  • To define evidence-based instructional approaches that support cognitive integration and development of adaptive expertise

Thursday, June 27th

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Testing to Teach or Teaching to the Test? New Ideas in Assessment Theory and Practice

Talk Objectives:

  • Identify different approaches to assessment at the level of program, course, and session
  • Describe the theoretical and empirical evidence to support assessment for learning

Assessment matters: Aligning assessment with curricular goals

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe ‘assessment for learning’ as a key principle of curricular design
  • Describe how conceptual feedback can support ‘transfer’, ‘preparation’, and ‘integration
  • Provide practical approaches for teachers to develop assessment tools

RTA Initiatives – Reports

Session Chair – Steve Hines (WSU)

Tuesday, June 25th

8:45 – 10:00 am

20 minutes each: Updates and progress reports from the three major working groups within the RTA and membership committee. The working groups are: Faculty Development, External Peer Review of Teaching, and Local Peer Review of Teaching.


RTA Initiative Workshops

Local Peer Observation – Tuesday, June 25th 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Workshop – RTA Local Peer Observation of Teaching:

Session Chair – Diana Hassel (CSU)

60 minutes: Come learn from recent observers and observees using our two RTA instruments on large group/didactic and small group/clinical teaching. Shared experiences along with benefits of the process in teaching and for documentation in the promotion and tenure process will be discussed.

External Peer Review of Teaching – Thursday, June 27th

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Workshop – RTA External Peer Review of Teaching:

Session Chairs – Steve Hines (WSU)

The RTA is piloting an evidence-based method that allows teaching-intensive faculty to more effectively document their teaching activities, teaching innovations, educational leadership, and outcomes. Perhaps most importantly, the approach also provides a means for rigorous external peer review. As a result, the RTA’s program offers a much needed tool that faculty can use to support their applications for promotion and/or tenure. Another aspirational outcome is institutional and culture change through which we can truly “Make Teaching Matter” at our colleges, individually and collectively.

In this 90-minute workshop, RTA Fellows and guests will explore methods by which we might foster cultural and institutional changes by promoting the RTA’s external review of promotion packets process in our respective colleges. The goal is to emerge with a short list of “action items” that we can take home and implement.

Teaching Innovations

Session Co-Chair – Barbara Byrne (UCD) & Diana Hassell (CSU)

Tuesday, June 25th
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 26th
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Thursday, June 27th
1:00 – 2:00 pm

A 3-day event of brief (8-10 min) presentations with the following themes:

  • Day 1: “Here is a teaching challenge I faced and how I addressed it…successes AND flops!”
  • Day 2: Focus on clinical teaching – tips and tricks
  • Day 3: Open topics (technology, personal teaching experiments, etc)

Learn from those who have faced challenges in their teaching and have tried methods to resolve them, have received positive feedback for clinical teaching skills and will share their techniques, and those who have used innovative or experimental techniques to engage students.

Join us at the Teaching Innovations sessions!

Please email Barbara Byrne with the completed submission forms by due May 20th.


Scholarship/Educational Research Podium and Poster Sessions

Session Co-Chairs – Maria Fahie (WUHS), Jillian Haines (WSU), Elena Gorman (OSU), Ana Alcaraz (WUHS) & Duncan Russell (OSU)

Wednesday, June 26th & Thursday, June 27th

8:30 – 9:30 am

Scholarship/Educational Research Podium:

Presenting your educational research to peers helps achieve our mission to ensure that consortium members collaborate to develop, implement, and sustain the best practices in veterinary medical and biomedical education in our colleges.

At the 2019 Regional Teaching Academy Summer Conference held in Davis, CA, there will be two scholarship sessions. This is a great venue to present your educational research projects, no matter what stage they are in! Abstracts will be using a peer reviewed rubric and submission form.

This is a great opportunity to foster collaborative research interests as you share your work! We can’t wait to learn about what you’re trying!

Please email Maria Fahie with the completed brief abstract submission form (300 words max) by May 20th, 2019.

Tuesday, June 25th

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Poster Session:

The primary goal of the poster session is to give as many members as possible the chance to present their work while also preserving time for scientific discussion during abstract presentations. A decision on which abstracts will be presented in traditional podium style and which will be assigned to the poster session will be made following abstract evaluation.

Participants selected for a poster presentation will be expected to present a podium talk up to two minutes long. This is intended as an opportunity to promote and enhance the visibility of participants’ work. Summaries may choose to utilize PowerPoint slides (no more than two total) that illustrate key elements of the poster.

Helpful guidelines for poster composition can be found at theses sites: “Designing Conference Poster Tips” and “10 simple rules for a good poster presentation”Poster dimensions 3 feet high by 4 feet wide.

Poster Submission Form is due May 20th, 2019

Living Between the Lines: Life, Work and Wellbeing

Session Chair – Laurie Fonken (CSU)

Tuesday, June 25th
3:00 – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 26th & Thursday, June 27th
8:00 – 8:30 am

A series of short informative sessions which will encourage consideration, of and dialogue on, both personal and professional well-being. Sessions will offer strategies and tips on how to actualize well-being as an everyday practice. Please come prepared to participate with, and learn from, your colleagues.

Session 1: Today’s Classroom: A Snapshot

This session will give a snapshot of some of the challenges faculty face in today’s classroom. We will look at ways to maintain a quality academic environment while navigating the ever changing needs and expectations of today’s learners.

Session 2: A View from the Edge: Challenges to Wellbeing

This session will look at several of the primary challenges to maintaining wellbeing in the provocative complex nature of veterinary medicine. Approaches for addressing personal stressors as well as distress in a colleague will be discussed.

Session 3: Your Path to Wellbeing

This session will look at strategies which help to build and reinforce our personal and professional wellbeing. We have all been advised to put the oxygen mask on first. Ideas and approaches as to how to do this will be shared.

New RTA Initiative

Session Chair – Joie Watson (UCD), William Vernau (UCD), & Steve Hines (WSU)

Tuesday, June 25th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 26th
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Details Coming Soon

New RTA Fellow Orientation

Session Co-Chairs – Pamela Lee (WSU) & Laurie Fonken (CSU)

Monday, June 24th
6:00 -6:30 pm
Every two years we welcome new fellows to the Regional Teaching Academy. This year we will be hosting a New Member Session for 2017 & 2019 RTA Fellows on Monday June 24th from 6:00-6:30 pm just prior to the opening reception. Additionally, we are connecting newer members with a seasoned RTA member with the goal of forming relationships which will provide support in gaining the full benefit from participation in the RTA.