An international survey of veterinary students to assess their use of online learning resources

Gledhill, L., Dale, V. H.M., Powney, S., Gaitskell-Phillips, G. H.L. and Short, N. R.M. (2017) An international survey of veterinary students to assess their use of online learning resources. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(4), pp. 692-703. (doi: 10.3138/jvme.0416-085R) (PMID:28691867)

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Abstract

Today's veterinary students have access to a wide range of online resources that support self-directed learning. To develop a benchmark of current global student practice in e-learning, this study measured self-reported access to, and use of, these resources by students internationally. An online survey was designed and promoted via veterinary student mailing lists and international organizations, resulting in 1,070 responses. Analysis of survey data indicated that students now use online resources in a wide range of ways to support their learning. Students reported that access to online veterinary learning resources was now integral to their studies. Almost all students reported using open educational resources (OERs). Ownership of smartphones was widespread, and the majority of respondents agreed that the use of mobile devices, or m-learning, was essential. Social media were highlighted as important for collaborating with peers and sharing knowledge. Constraints to e-learning principally related to poor or absent Internet access and limited institutional provision of computer facilities. There was significant geographical variation, with students from less developed countries disadvantaged by limited access to technology and networks. In conclusion, the survey provides an international benchmark on the range and diversity in terms of access to, and use of, online learning resources by veterinary students globally. It also highlights the inequalities of access among students in different parts of the world.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dale, Dr Vicki
Authors: Gledhill, L., Dale, V. H.M., Powney, S., Gaitskell-Phillips, G. H.L., and Short, N. R.M.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
ISSN:0748-321X
ISSN (Online):1943-7218
Published Online:10 July 2017

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