Well, as any teacher knows, every session should start with some aims and objectives, so my first post is to outline what I intend for this blog…then it will just remain to be seen as to whether I actually achieve these things!
For a while I have kept brief notes, comments, reflections…whatever you want to call them really. I have documents on my computer labelled various things from “useful stuff” through to “papers I should write”. The problem as I see it is finding the time to actually action these things….the day is just not long enough to share with other people useful things I have come across in my day to day work and communications.
A bit more about what I do. As a typically self effacing Brit I hate writing about myself…but here goes! I am a vet first and foremost – and I am lucky to be a member of such a great profession. My “sideways” (or maybe downwards?) step into the murky world of vet education five years ago has made me busier, poorer, stressed yet at the same time energised, enthused and entertained by the students I am lucky enough to teach and the fantastic colleagues I work with every day.
I’m a lecturer at Nottingham Vet School, and I’m also doing a PhD in veterinary education around veterinary professionalism. I don’t have much time to publish. But we’re doing so much great stuff here, and it’s good to share! I am quite heavily involved with OER in different ways, and it has struck me recently that a blog/twitter combo may be one of the best ways to talk about some of the things we are involved in.
Kind of copying the medics inevitably, as I follow the meded stream on Twitter which has shown me all sorts of interesting things….and far less of an effort than publishing, and still kind of peer reviewed (more about that later no doubt)
So to summarise, this blog will:
– contain some interesting stuff for anyone involved in veterinary education
– allow me to formally record things I am doing on a more regular basis
– contain links to our latest outputs in the various OER initiatives I am involved in
– also include, by way of light relief, some of my animals (sorry to anyone who dislikes dogs, horses and chickens!)
This is me by the way (& Thornton of course):