Learning of specific technical procedures can be particularly challenging for veterinary students. Self-evaluation can be a very effective method to monitor progress and to improve learning and self-confidence in the context of the clinical skills laboratory (CSL). Monitoring of student attendance in the CSL is generally performed using a paper register. However, this does not give detailed information on each visited workstation and is time-consuming when data processing is needed. Since September 2016, a new method of self-evaluation by means of QR code technology has been used. This gave students autonomy for their own learning and allowed staff to better monitor skills laboratory visitations and students’ progress.
The VetSims’App is based on QR codes scanned by students with their smartphones or with tablets available in the CSL. Each workstation instruction booklet provided a QR code. Scanning the QR code also redirected the student to a specific web page with links to instructions and videos. Attendance rate and the duration of time spend at the station or in the clinical skills laboratory could therefore be recorded. At the end of the learning process, students had to provide a self-evaluation, stating if they did not acquire the skills/acquired the skills/acquired and mastered the skills. All the data were recorded and linked with the EnvA Learning Management System (http://eve.vet-alfort.fr/).
The use of this new app based on QR codes seems highly beneficial. Veterinary student expressed enthusiasm for the technology with subsequent increase in attendance rate throughout the three months of the study.
Poster presented at the 5th International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference, 10-12 April 2017, held at the Intundla Conference Venue, Pretoria, South Africa.
InVeST Proceedings 201726 Proceedings of the 5th International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference held by the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, 10-12 April 2017, Intundla Conference Venue, Pretoria, South Africa.