Academics use Resource Builder in a variety of ways, as summative or formative assessment, and for group or individual work. The examples below will show you how the resources are being used in the Faculty of Vet Science. Click on the icons to see the examples.
Case Builder is a very versatile model, suitable for use throughout all years of the Vet degree. It is most often used, however, in the middle years of the degree at Sydney. At this stage students are well equipped to solve cases involving the 'basics' of Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology. The cases are simply structured as a one-level process of background and resources.
Students can access case forms from the support material on the right hand side, fill these in as part of their task and submit them via a Learner Management System (at Sydney we use WebCT/Blackboard).
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Hot Cat is used in the later middle year of the Vet degree. At this stage the students can start to make decisions about how to go about diagnosis. They can choose tests based on the history, signalment and clinical signs in a case, working within a budget to arrive at a diagnosis. Click the icon for an example of one academic's use of Hot Cat. More ...
Virtual Practitioner is usually used in the clinical years of the Vet degree, when students are starting to see real cases and deal with a variety of information. The multi-page structure of Virtual Practitioner allows them to move through cases, accumulating information to help them arrive at not only a diagnosis but a treatment plan. At the end of each case they receive a summary of the steps they have taken; all their decisions about diagnosis and treatment are logged. They can print this summary and use it for group discussion about the case. Click the icon for an example of one academic's use of Virtual Practitioner. More ...