Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM)
OVAM will provide access to a comprehensive and pedagogically structured set of veterinary anatomical resources from UK veterinary schools and other institutions. These will be aggregated and ordered in an environment which will make them easily discoverable by different cohorts of learners.
Key to the success of this project will be the development of effective methodologies to embed and integrate these materials within a traditional curriculum to maximise exposure, uptake and sustainability.
There has been a significant shift recently in the way that veterinary students source information to support their studies. Online media such as dissection videos or “potcasts” are replacing physical visits to the museum or library.
Each of the UK veterinary schools has already created a wide range of innovative online resources to support anatomy teaching including dissection videos, potcasts, interactive PowerPoints and plastinated specimens to supplement traditional teaching practice. However, it is now recognised that there is often duplication of resource development which is not only wasteful of effort but has also created confusion amongst students as to where to look online for the most appropriate material.
In response to these issues, veterinary anatomists at the RVC have been collaborating with their colleagues at other UK and international veterinary schools as well as with educational museums and publishers to streamline the development of shared anatomical OERs. The OVAM provides a timely opportunity to build on this partnership to aggregate and develop a unique and open educational resource reflecting excellence in anatomy teaching.
The project will assemble a comprehensive set of existing veterinary anatomical resources from all the UK vet schools and some European schools. In addition several major private sector publishers and developers have offered their content in an OER format at no cost. These resources will be selected from the project partners based on their pedagogical value, complementarity with other resources, suitability for a range of different audiences, open educational status, interactivity and relevance for web delivery. All these resources will be indexed and tagged to ensure their discoverability and accessibility.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
Rather like a traditional museum, the OVAM will allow media from different eras, backgrounds and sources to be displayed in one place.
- Selection of the most valuable and appropriate resources from the project partners.
- Collation and release of digital resources within the museum platform.
- Development of the museum interface in the form of an intuitive, engaging and dynamic environment within which the virtual museum will be housed.
- User testing and monitoring through focus groups.
- Dissemination to ensure the museum is widely promoted to the relevant UK and international audiences.
Nick Short, The Royal Veterinary College, eMedia Unit, Royal College Street, London NW1 0AT 07811 405653 firstname.lastname@example.org