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Virtual international experiences in veterinary medicine: an evaluation of students' attitudes toward computer-based learning.
J Vet Med Educ. 2007 Fall; 34(4):502-9.JV

Abstract

While many studies have evaluated whether or not factual information can be effectively communicated using computer-aided tools, none has focused on establishing and changing students' attitudes toward international animal-health issues. The study reported here was designed to assess whether educational modules on an interactive computer CD elicited a change in veterinary students' interest in and attitudes toward international animal-health issues. Volunteer veterinary students at seven universities (first-year students at three universities, second-year at one, third-year at one, and fourth-year at two) were given by random assignment either an International Animal Health (IAH) CD or a control CD, ParasitoLog (PL). Participants completed a pre-CD survey to establish baseline information on interest and attitudes toward both computers and international animal-health issues. Four weeks later, a post-CD questionnaire was distributed. On the initial survey, most students expressed an interest in working in the field of veterinary medicine in another country. Responses to the three pre-CD questions relating to attitudes toward the globalization of veterinary medicine, interest in foreign animal disease, and inclusion of a core course on international health issues in the veterinary curriculum were all positive, with average values above 3 (on a five-point scale where 5 represented strong agreement or interest). Almost all students considered it beneficial to learn about animal-health issues in other countries. After students reviewed the IAH CD, we found a decrease at four universities, an increase at one university, and no change at the remaining two universities in students' interest in working in some area of international veterinary medicine. However, none of the differences was statistically significant.

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Preventive Verterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. charliecallsign@hotmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18287480

Citation

French, Brigitte C., et al. "Virtual International Experiences in Veterinary Medicine: an Evaluation of Students' Attitudes Toward Computer-based Learning." Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, vol. 34, no. 4, 2007, pp. 502-9.
French BC, Hird DW, Romano PS, et al. Virtual international experiences in veterinary medicine: an evaluation of students' attitudes toward computer-based learning. J Vet Med Educ. 2007;34(4):502-9.
French, B. C., Hird, D. W., Romano, P. S., Hayes, R. H., Nijhof, A. M., Jongejan, F., Mellor, D. J., Singer, R. S., Fine, A. E., Gay, J. M., Davis, R. G., & Conrad, P. A. (2007). Virtual international experiences in veterinary medicine: an evaluation of students' attitudes toward computer-based learning. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 34(4), 502-9. https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.34.4.502
French BC, et al. Virtual International Experiences in Veterinary Medicine: an Evaluation of Students' Attitudes Toward Computer-based Learning. J Vet Med Educ. 2007;34(4):502-9. PubMed PMID: 18287480.
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