Computer aided instruction in a veterinary curriculum

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The ever-expanding knowledge base in veterinary medicine has resulted in limited time allotments to various subjects in the curriculum and has prompted need for increased efficiency and effectiveness in delivering increasingly diverse subject material to students, resulting in a self-contained modular approach to teaching in many areas. Computer-based interactive instructional programs can give comprehensive access to all subject matter at once solving the problem of having various materials available at limited times and locations (labs, lectures, slide study sessions, etc.) Reducing the number of specimens used in laboratory courses is another advantage of computer-based learning and is becoming a necessity as a result of both financial and ethical pressures. The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine formed the Computer Assisted Learning Facility (CALF) in 1990 as a resource to aid faculty in developing state-of-the-art educational computer programs for teaching veterinary medicine. Faculty use the over 180 programs produced through CALF during formal laboratory periods as reference resources, self-paced exams, and outside of class as study and review aids available on-line 24 hours a day. Several courses are currently supported by Web pages which provide a combination of course/exam schedules as well as delivering slides used in lecture by the instructor. This Internet connection can be accessed by students either in laboratories or at home. The presentation will incorporate samplings of computer programs used in the SVM to illustrate salient features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 20 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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