Abstract Title
Teacher Training in a Network of Veterinary Universities


Jan P. Ehlers
Britta Voss
Christiane Siegling-Vlitakis
Stefan Birk
Mondy Bahramsoltani
Carsten Staszyk
Birte Pfeiffer-Morhenn
Cyrill Matenaers
Christina Beitz-Radzio
Christian Gruber
Peter Stucki
Marietta Schoenmann


3JJ Staff development


KELDAT Competence Centre for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research in Veterinary Medicine
Hannover, Berlin, Leipzig, Gießen, München (D)
Zürich, Bern (CH), Wien (A)


KELDAT is a network of all German-speaking veterinary universities funded as a project by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Stiftung Mercator. The aims of the project are: raise the quality of veterinary education, exchange learning materials, co-operate in veterinary educational research and create a specialized veterinary didactic. As one part of the project didactical courses for all participating universities and their teachers were offered.

Summary of Work

Ten different courses were offered to the universities as well as the possibility to create additional workshops for special needs. Topics were chosen from the categories “e-learning”, “assessment”, “skills training” and “general didactics”. Attendance and acceptance were measured.

Summary of Results

Since February 2012, 70 courses with 1372 participants given by 12 trainers of the KELDAT took place. Most courses were done in the categories “e-learning” (33-607) followed by “assessment” (17-191), “general didactics” (16-462) and “skills training” (4-112). 11 (15,7%) courses were done online. The feedback of the participants was generally positive but showed improvement opportunities in the announcement of the courses at the participating universities. The use of virtual classrooms was new to most teachers.


Even if the most universities had offered quite expensive external teacher training programmes, there was a high demand for education trainings specialized on veterinarians. Trainings done by KELDAT fitted widely into this demand. The courses offered by KELDAT will be developed further in content, amount and promotion, especially concerning the use of virtual classrooms.

Take-home Messages

Using an interuniversity network for teacher training helps the participating universities to profit from joint expertise at low cost and high acceptance.


This project was funded by the VolkswagenStiftung and Stiftung Mercator in the programme "Bologna - Zukunft der Lehre"



The main objective of the project is to improve the veterinary education and training together on. The aims of KELDAT are to evaluate veterinary education at all participating universities, to develop and improve specialized veterinary didactics, to establish educational research, to offer courses for teacher training and to exchange teaching materials and learning objects.
As first results 13 educational research projects were started, a teaching price was implemented, a common progresstest was done as a pilot at five universities, two didactical conferences were held, a shibboleth connection between the LMS of the participants was tested and several cooperations in the field of teaching and learning established.

Summary of Work

Topics of the courses (http://www.tiho-hannover.de/studium-lehre/keldat-kompetenzzentrum/schulungsangebote/):

  1. Creation of courses (from lectures to PBL)
  2. Assessment and evaluation
  3. Basics of higher education
  4. CASUS - virtual patients and case-based learning
  5. E-Assessment and key-feature-items
  6. Video-lectures and podcasts
  7. Virtual classrooms
  8. Information and media literacy
  9. "Learning to learn" courses
  10. Use of technology in teaching

Additional courses were prepared if asked for by the universities (e.g. standard settings, curriculum development).

Summary of Results


  • Introduction to e-learning
  • Video conferencing
  • Social networks
  • Wikis
  • Virtual patients
  • WBTs
  • Media literacy


  • Assessment of veterinary competencies
  • Key-feature-items
  • E-assessment
  • MCQs
  • OSCE
  • Case-base assessment
  • Progress test

General didactics

  • Didactics in higher education
  • PBL
  • New methods and techniques
  • Educational research
  • Curriculum development
  • Creating lectures and courses
  • Learning outcomes
  • Communication

Skills training

  • Teaching skills in a clinical context
  • Using models and simulators
Take-home Messages
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