Teaching Tip: developing an intercollegiate Twitter forum to aid student exam study and the development of digital professionalism

Whiting, M and Kinnison, T and Mossop, L (2016) Teaching Tip: developing an intercollegiate Twitter forum to aid student exam study and the development of digital professionalism. JOURNAL OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION, 43 (3). pp. 282-286.

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Abstract

#VetFinals has been developed as a novel online Twitter teaching event designed to support intercollegiate veterinary teaching using social media. Previous studies in other fields have suggested that Twitter use within universities may have benefits for undergraduate education. This “teaching tip” paper describes a project using Twitter to host online exam study sessions. The project has been a highly successful collaborative effort between the Royal Veterinary College and Nottingham Veterinary School in the UK. Over 4 years, the #VetFinals project has developed into a long-term, self-sustaining enterprise. This initiative provides a semi-structured means for student exam preparation with direct real-time input from a faculty member. It also creates a network of peers both horizontally across institutions and vertically throughout year groups. Based on similar initiatives in other disciplines, an anticipated outcome of this project was to contribute to student online professionalism. This could help address the veterinary community's recently highlighted problems with professional conduct and appropriate use of social media. Analysis of the success of this endeavor will be available in a future publication.