Advancing communication of animal health professionals: a transition in a veterinary curriculum from paper notes to paperless notes and TabletPCs

Logan, Cindy (2009). Advancing communication of animal health professionals: a transition in a veterinary curriculum from paper notes to paperless notes and TabletPCs. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-15). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Logan, Cindy
Title of paper Advancing communication of animal health professionals: a transition in a veterinary curriculum from paper notes to paperless notes and TabletPCs
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 15
Formatted Abstract/Summary Objectives:
Using new technologies and software, K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine implemented an electronic notes initiative into the veterinary curriculum. The goal is to create improved lifelong learners who are able to adapt to new technologies as veterinary professionals.

Methods:
Implementation began August 2007 with the freshman class and continues each fall with the freshman class. The students received the same tabletPC model and preloaded software. Hardware and software instructional sessions were held prior to the start of classes and initially DISC instructors were in the classroom. Surveys were given throughout the academic year to determine the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvements on the initiative. The attitudes of the students and the teaching instructors will be measured over time and after student graduation.

Results:
Positive attributes were: ease of transporting notes, ease of the search feature, and ability to search the Internet to supplement class discussions. Requested needs were: earlier distribution of tabletPCs during Orientation Week, more instructional sessions prior to classes, larger backup drives, more memory, and the need for notes in original format to allow students to choose how to organize them.

Conclusion:
The paperless curriculum initiative was well received by the students and faculty of the freshman class. The collaborative effort of the computer support staff and DISC instructors can be recognized as leading the way for the success. Students will continue to be surveyed to gauge their attitudes and concerns as well as to determine if the objectives of the curricular transition are met.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
0707 Veterinary Sciences
Keyword Electronic notes
E learning
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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