Making an Impact @ CVM: Making Learning Affordable and Accessible

Aligned with President Drake’s 2020 Vision, Ohio State’s Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) “helps educators take ownership of their course content and find creative solutions to promote student savings. This includes re-imagining the textbook, encouraging innovation, and empowering faculty through grants and training to adopt, adapt, create and share open educational resources, effectively utilize library resources, and create high-quality digital materials.”

The Office of Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Designer Jay Hsaio has been working with Drs. Ryan Jennings and Chris Premanandan from the college’s Department of Biological Sciences on an ALX grant they received this academic year.

Jennings and Premanadan are writing a digital histology textbook that will be used in CVM’s introductory histology course. Some project goals include:

  • Mitigating out-of-pocket costs to students by replacing the current textbook.
  • Replacing human-specific content, and instead covering the spectrum of anatomic inter-species differences that are fundamental to a veterinarian’s medical training.
  • Providing comprehensive and extensive digital materials and quizzes that are readily accessible to students outside the classroom.

Watch the video below to find out more about ALX and the project. The Office of Teaching and Learning will also provide updates as the project progresses.

Have a great idea? The ALX RFP is now open, and will remain open over through the summer. Follow this link to find out more about the FTP, and feel free to contact Teaching and Learning for consultation. We would love to support another wonderful project!


CVM @ Innovate: Global Impact with the Global One Health program

The College of Veterinary Medicine was represented at this year’s Innovate Conference held on May 16, in a session entitled “Lightning Ideas: Impact Beyond the Classroom.”

In this session, 4th year DVM-MPH student, Sarah Waibel, co-presented on the Global One Health program; the program is led by Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, and it aims to “connect Ohio State to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Thailand, China, India and beyond in a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improve health, build capacity, and provide learning opportunities for students across the globe.”

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UDL Series – Designing instructional content with learner diversity in mind

This is yet another new series that we are excited to introduce to you – Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The first 4 posts in this series will introduce you to UDL, its 3 tenets, and offer specific examples that you can apply in your own classroom today.

Before we start, think about this question: What have you noticed about learner diversity in your classrooms? What have you had to do to accommodate your students’ different needs and preferences? You can approach this in terms of learning preferences, gender make up, cultural background, English speaking abilities, disabilities, and so on.

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