Some people have natural traits that lean them towards teaching, others want to give something back to the profession but lack the ability or knowledge to do it efficiently and effectively. You may have been teaching in practice for years or just starting your first mentoring position, whatever your experience level this course will have something for you.
Without delving into the theory too deeply, we will look at some of the basic principles of teaching & learning. Having some knowledge of learning styles and applying basic techniques will improve your students ability to learn.
For instance, do you know the difference between training, teaching and coaching? How do you motivate a reluctant student? Do you teach reflective practice? The answers to these and other questions can be found in this course.
Also you will have your coursework assessed by a highly experienced veterinary educator. This will give you a lesson plan that you can take back into your workplace and use straight away and hopefully see the difference that using a few key techniques has!
Topics covered on this course include:
Providing a suitable environment for learning
What exactly is a clinical coach?
How suitable is your clinical environment for teaching and assessment and what can you do to improve it?
Designing protocols that work for your students
Understanding what motivates students to learn
Know your student
Dealing with issues that form barriers to learning
Developing student-focussed objectives
Defining the professional veterinary nursing practitioner
Reflecting on your own professional ethos
What does the RCVS expect of veterinary nurses?
How to ensure that your nursing students appreciate the need for professional practice
Assessment of clinical skills
Formulating fair and objective assessments
Assessing student progression using a variety of objectives
Providing positive feedback
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
Access to the course materials for a period after the course
Course duration: 3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)
Course type: Fully supported interactive online learning with assessed coursework
Tutor: Sue Badger
Suitable for: Practice managers, vets, senior veterinary nurses and senior vet techs. Senior receptionists, practice partners and directors will also benefit, as will anyone wanting to build on their skills in these areas
Anyone in a teaching or coaching role in veterinary practice
This course is also extremely useful for anyone in a leadership position in practice, and anyone considering entering teaching as a career