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2019 VETS Workshop 2.0

Veterinary Educator Teaching and Scholarship (VETS) 

VETS 2.0

The goal of the VETS program is to support veterinary and biomedical faculty in the use of student-centered teaching strategies and in best practices for designing instruction. The VETS 2.0 program will focus on actively applying and practicing ideas introduced during VETS 1.0 in a workshop-style setting. Topics will include using backwards design to create alignment between learning objectives and course components, observation and deconstruction of teaching examples, and giving and receiving constructive feedback on teaching.

The VETS 2.0 program is designed for those that have completed VETS 1.0 or have experience in one or more of the following areas of focus:

  • Facilitating an Interactive Learning Experience
  • Course Alignment: Objectives, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Diversifying Assessment: Formative to Summative
  • Evaluating your Assessment

Participants will be given the opportunity to work on their own course materials in a collaborative environment with other participants and facilitators. The goal will be to achieve alignment of course components to support student learning and give and receive feedback on teaching.

Detailed Agenda

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception & Registration

Sunday, June 23, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 am
8:00 – 8:15 am
Suzie Kovacs
Welcome and Introductions
8:15 – 8:45 am
Suzie Kovacs & Ohad Levi
Awareness Activity

This activity will get everyone engaged and talking and challenging our own assumptions about our learners and each other.

8:45 – 9:00 am
Overview of VETS 2.0

We will provide the roadmap for our two-day journey and make sure everyone is prepared for the ride.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Andrew West, Paul Gordon-Ross, Suzie Kovacs, Kristy Dowers, Martin Smith
Course Alignment through Backwards Design

This interactive session will focus on reviewing ideas from VETS 1.0, including best practices for writing learning objectives, designing interactive instruction, and developing high-quality multiple-choice-type questions. The goal of the session is to equip participants with practical tools for creating and revising instructional materials.

12:00 -1:00 pm
1:00 – 5:00 pm
All Program Leaders
Project Workout

During this afternoon session participants will be focused on their projects with access to the VETS 2.0 facilitators as resources. There will be timed “Checkpoints” to ensure that everyone stays on task and goals are met.

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:00 – 8:10 am
Suzie Kovacs
Q&A and Reminder of the VETS 2.0 Goals
8:10 – 12:00 pm
Practice Teaching and Feedback

Participants will use this time to pilot their projects from Day 1 using their peers as well as the VETS 2.0 facilitators as their “learners”. This will also be an opportunity for participants to practice giving and receiving feedback.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Martin Smith
Reflection, Learning Issues, and Next Steps