IFSTAL is an interactive training programme designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system, and develop skills in systems thinking and for the workplace. With core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it brings together expertise and experience of faculty and students from five leading higher education institutions.
An integral part of the programme is a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), as well as other technologies to facilitate shared learning online. This is being led by RVC’s Learning Technology and Innovation.
See the IFSTAL website for further information.
Learning Technology and Innovation, together with the RVC Distance Learning team, are involved in a partnership with EuFMD, a commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. EuFMD works to support its member states in the EU and EU neighbourhood to improve preparedness for an incursion of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), and to reduce the risk of such incursion through providing support to countries neighbouring Europe where FMD is endemic, and through support to global FMD control.
Web site : Eu FMD Learning
Bloomsbury Learning Environment
The RVC is an active member of the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE) which brings together expertise to share good practice and enable collaboration on shared projects to develop technology enhanced learning across the Bloomsbury Colleges and the University of London. Over the past 12 years, the BLE Service has grown and developed into a wider e-learning service, enabling the partners to profit from cost savings of joint licences, and to enhance e-learning practices by sharing and coordinating technical and pedagogical expertise. During this time, the partnership has also been awarded external grants from funding bodies to extend the impact that e-learning can provide.
Web Site : BLE
The Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) was established to promote free sharing of peer reviewed content. It became apparent that there was a real enthusiasm from project partners to collaborate and new partners also requested to join. As a result, the museum now hosts digital assets from over 15 institutions including all the UK veterinary school and vet schools in the rest of Europe, India and Australasia.
Project information: OVAM
WikiVet was established in 2007 to provide online access to a comprehensive veterinary curriculum. The consortium was initially formed by three UK veterinary schools (RVC, Edinburgh and Cambridge) but has grown to include over 10 additional associated academic institutions as well as forming a close association with parts of the commercial veterinary sector. WikiVet now has a registered user base of over 35,000 members of whom about 60% are veterinary students from over 90 countries around the world.
The site recorded over 1 million individual visits in the academic year 2013-14. At present, the WikiVet site provides an extensive knowledge base supported by interactive learning materials. This pedagogical mix of online resources has been developed based on feedback from veterinary educators and focus groups of learners. The content of WikiVet is available as Open Educational Resources with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 3.0 License, meaning it is free to view for registered users of the site.
Web site: www.wikivet.net