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									                                                               OOER Case Study (Parasitology)

Case Study Title                 RVC/FAO Guide to Veterinary Diagnostic Parasitology

School or Department             Electronic Media Unit

Institution(s) involved          Royal Veterinary College

Contact + Email                  Ms Cecile Lamy ( clamy@rvc.ac.uk )

Date                             20 May 2010

Tags                             Veterinary medicine, parasites, diagnostic parasitology, faecal examination,
                                 helminths, toolkit v2, ukoer, ooer, medev

Questions                        Explanation and further information

 1. What is the curriculum       The ‘RVC/FAO Guide to Veterinary Diagnostic Parasitology’ is a collaborative
 context of the resource or      project which provides a user-friendly computer-aided educational tool for students
 resource collection?            and vets in the UK and the developing world. It focuses on the faecal examination
                                 of farm animals for helminth parasites. The techniques outlined in the program are
 approx. 250 words
                                 designed for basic training and arranged to take the user step-by step through the
                                 procedures. Details of their application, limitations and guidelines for health and
                                 safety requirements are included. Its intended learner profile within the RVC is
                                 BVetMed Year 3 students and it is linked to the year’s parasitology practical on
                                 worm egg identification; students are encouraged to visit the resource as it
                                 constitutes a recommended preparation for this practical. The website was also
                                 created to provide a learning and reference resource for vets and students in the
                                 developing world.

 2. What were the aims and       The ‘RVC/FAO Guide to Veterinary Diagnostic Parasitology’ aims to provide a step
 objectives of the resource or   by step guide to the most important features of diagnostic parasitology in current
 resource collection?            veterinary practice. It is divided in three chapters: sample collection, diagnostic tests
                                 and identification. These give users detailed information on various procedures
 approx. 100 words
                                 used for diagnosis, sample collection and identification of eggs and larvae, as well
                                 as the appropriate treatment and control measures for each case. Images are used
                                 to illustrate the described techniques.

 3. How was the resource or      The content was authored by Lynda M Gibbons, Dennis E Jacobs, and Mark T Fox
 resource collection             from the RVC and Jørgen Hansen from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of
 implemented?                    the United Nations. It was created in an online multimedia format by the RVC’s
                                 electronic media unit in 2004. It requires Flash 5 Player and the file size is
 approx. 250 words
                                 estimated to be 9.4Mb.

 4. What technologies and/or     JorumOpen (http://www.jorum.ac.uk/ ) was used as a repository to which the
 e-tools were needed to          resource was saved as a draft pending its upload.
 deliver this?
                                 The website was developed using Adobe Dreamweaver to produce the HTML
 approx. 150 words               pages and Adobe Flash to produce the interactions. Adobe Photoshop was also
                                 used for image editing.
                                 These tools were chosen to make the content easily accessible, both in terms of
                                 geographical location and software required.

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5. What guidance and/or           Categorisation guidance was followed. The resource has multiple authors/
support did you develop?          contributors, yet the online form only allows the user to enter one name. A name at
                                  random was chosen as the ‘author’ for the purpose of filling the form.
                                  Patient Consent guidance was followed; there were no consent issues.
                                  IPR/Copyright guidance was followed. Multiple points of IPR were identified,
                                  including non-academic staff and academics from the RVC and the FAO. The
                                  expression of the IPR would be governed by the individuals’ contractual status with
                                  the RVC at the time of authoring the resource. All materials from the resource are
                                  licensed by The Royal Veterinary College under a Creative Commons Attribution-
                                  Non commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
                                  Institutional Policy guidance was followed. There are no formal institutional policies
                                  regarding the release of learning resources for the purposed of OER in this
                                  institution. Open education resources would have to be released on a case-by-case
                                  process with agreement from Senior Management and the Academic Board.
                                  Pedagogy/QA guidance was followed. Certain options should be explained, such as
                                  ‘case led learning’. The question “What requirement does the resource fulfil?” is
                                  unclear and may need to be rephrased.
                                  Resource Upload guidance was followed and the process was quick, easy and
                                  straightforward with a user-friendly interface. The ‘Save and Exit’ option was
                                  particularly useful as it allowed the depositor to return and edit information if certain
                                  unresolved issues remained, all the while saving the resource in draft status before
                                  uploading. An additional option allowing editing (if this is possible) of the uploaded
                                  resource information could be useful.

6. Uploading and hosting          The resource URL and metadata were successfully uploaded onto Jorum Open by
resources.                        a member of the Electronic Media Unit staff, under the Creative Commons
                                  Attribution-Non commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
                                  The resource has been archived and assigned the following identifier:
                                  The repository upload system and publishing environment were adequate and met
                                  our requirements.

7. What are the key outcomes      The ‘RVC/FAO Guide to Veterinary Diagnostic Parasitology’ is an online reference
of the resource or resource       readily available to students, lecturers and veterinary practitioners, developed to
collection?                       share content and expertise. This computer-aided educational tool can be
                                  accessed through the RVC website. Furthermore, it provides quality learning
approx.200 words
                                  material authored by specialists in veterinary diagnostic parasitology.
                                  The resource collection was useful in evaluating an existing resource. No specific
                                  problems were identified with the resource.
                                  The toolkits will help the RVC to develop guidelines for the development of similar
                                  material in the future.

8. What follow-up activity will   Experience with the OOER toolkits will help the RVC to develop procedures to
be/has been carried out as a      ensure the quality of content in future resources. The RVC will also continue to use
result of the resource or         the updated version of the toolkits to evaluate other existing resources.
resource collection?
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9. What are the lessons        In terms of sustainability, a national repository for open resources needs to justify
learned from the resource or   what benefits depositing into it have for resources that are already in the public
resource collection?           domain. The time to go through the toolkit process is a barrier to retrospectively
                               make resources open.
approx. 250 words
                               The risks are perceived as low as the material is open already and authored by
                               specialists in the field of veterinary parasitology.
                               The benefits are to raise the RVC profile. A good resource will increase the
                               reputation of the institution.
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