July 10-12, 2021 – Virtual Collaboration
The Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (RTA) Faculty Development Initiative would like to invite participants to attend the Veterinary Educator Teaching and Scholarship (VETS) program this July 10th through the 12th virtually. 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. This program is designed to support all educators, not just those working with DVM students.
The VETS: Fundamentals program (formerly VETS 1.0) will focus on strategies for strengthening instruction that occurs in lecture-dominated settings. Topics will include facilitating interactive learning experiences, writing learning objectives, constructing and deconstructing exams, and purposefully aligning objectives, instruction, and assessments. VETS: Fundamentals facilitators will model active-learning strategies and will allow time for participants to reflect with each other about ways to implement the ideas from the program.
VETS: Fundamentals will conclude with actively applying and practicing ideas introduced throughout the program in a workshop-style setting. Participants will be asked to bring existing lecture material, assessments, and related curricular material with the goal of working with other participants to develop or strengthen these materials. Participants will practice teaching and receiving feedback on selected parts of their revised instructional materials.
Following the VETS program is the 2021 RTA Biennial Virtual Conference – July 12-15. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the conference!