Digital literacy is essential part of working life in any profession. As technology changes, so do the kinds of digital skills that are needed in order to communicate confidently and clearly on various digital platforms.

To foster the development of digital skills RVC has adopted a blended approach to its curriculum by incorporating lectures on demand, digital learning interactions, tips sheets, online assessments (see below), to its curriculum. This also provides you with greater flexibility to determine not only how and when you study, but also to find a pace that suits your learning style. The Digital Learning Team, works with tutors and course teams to integrate technology enhanced learning (TEL) into the curriculum to provide engaging digital learning experiences. Find out more about My Digital Skills.

The digital learning environment at RVC is based around RVCLearn and contains a variety of resources to help you to study wherever and whenever you want.  When you log onto RVCLearn you will also find advice and guidance to help your make the most of these resources (Intro to RVCLearn).

You will also have access to the RVC App (see below), which gives information about the Campuses, course timetables, staff and students, College news, learning resources such as videos, student services and surveys.

RVC Learn

RVC Learn is the college's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which houses learning materials such as lecture notes and slides, enabling students to participate in online tests and directed learning sessions, to collaborate with their peers and communicate with their tutors.

RVC Learn home page
RVC Learn home page

RVC Learn can be accessed online, twenty four hours a day, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, giving our students access to learning materials and resources at a time and location of their choosing.

As a full time student you will have access to all of your courses on RVC, along with access to key learning resources and student support services.

Lectures on demand

RVC Learn acts as the gateway to access lecture recordings, all of which are recorded using the Echo360 lecture capture system.

The lecture capture system is an invaluable tool for teaching and learning at the RVC, and has been used throughout the College, not only to capture an event but also as a way to deliver a lecture when the lecturer is unable to travel to the event location.

Echo365 lectures available via RVC Learn
Recordings of lectures available via RVC Learn

Our students use the lecture capture system in many innovative ways:

  • Some use it for note taking; they can watch the lecture and review the recording while making notes, with the option of pausing the recording, playing it at double speed, stopping and rewinding.
  • Others use it as a revision tool, often played at double speed. It is, of course, used for days when the students are absent from the college due to sickness as an example.
  • Some students use the system every day, and some use it now and again. It is available 24/7.

You will have off-site access via RVC Learn, making it possible to review lectures wherever you are in the world.

Here is a clip from a lecture on demand, taken from a Clinical Skills lecture on the third year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

Online assessment

The RVC uses online assessment throughout the curriculum for self-directed study, scheduled formative quizzes and summative assessments.

The main assessment tools used at the RVC are:

  • RVC Learn quizzes - Online quizzes with instant feedback which can include multimedia and a variety of question types
  • TurningPoint - Individual 'clickers' enable students to anonymously answer questions during lectures
  • Turnitin and Grademark - Online document submission, plagiarism checking and online marking

Assignments are submitted online using Turnitin and numerous other online assessment tools.

Digital learning interactions

Online simulations provide you with a virtual environment where you can safely experiment with patients. They can offer access to classic as well as unusual clinical conditions.

Compared with passive methods of learning, an interactive case-based approach promotes development of decision-making skills and is a challenging and fun way to learn.

Ocular reflexes simulation
Ocular Reflexes simulation

Dr Raymond Macharia, CBS, asked the Digital Learning Team to develop a resource to support first year students struggling to understand the anatomy of ocular muscles and nerves.

The interactive patient enables students to test ocular reflexes as well as the nervous control of extra-ocular muscles of the eye. Users can make a diagnosis and receive feedback on their answer.

Students reported that the clinical context made anatomy more interesting. When presented with the statement “I found this interactive resource useful” 10% agreed, and 90% strongly agreed.

For more information see Testing the functional integrity of ocular reflexes

Some Student Feedback

“That was AMAZING!! Such a great way to work through a case, and as a student it really simulates being in a practice and making these decisions yourself.”

“This was a great revision aid! Revising from past notes doesn't test your knowledge as well as working through cases and the fact that this was interactive made it easy and fun to work through!”

“This is an excellent idea; well laid out, easy to navigate through and as 'real life' as I imagine you can get for an e-case.”

“This was amazing! Please make more!”

RVC app

The RVC App offers a number of library and IT services direct to your smartphone/tablet.

Screenshot of the RVC App
The RVC App

The RVC App is available in the App stores for AndroidBlackberry and iOS.

You can use the RVC app to:

  • Find Campus information
  • Access student services
  • Access the Library
  • View your Course Timetable and add lectures to your calendar
  • Search the staff and student directory
  • Receive the latest news and events
  • Get travel information
  • Get access to learning resources on RVC Learn, videos and assessments
  • Find Induction and Freshers' Week information

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