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The Future of Adult Learning

Technologies, Trends, and Shifts

Veterinary medical association executives play a critical role in designing and delivering learning experiences that advance professional and personal development. VMAs seeking to thrive as relevant providers of compelling programs are being challenged to meet the expectations of veterinarians whose content preferences, learning styles, and technology affinity are growing increasingly sophisticated and diverse.

ThinkWORKS 2019 will help VMA executives develop a deeper understanding of what the future of adult learning holds by exploring key questions such as:

  • What are the key trends in adult learning?
  • Do these trends apply equally to biomedical science and professional competencies?
  • How do today’s learners want to access content – and how might that change for tomorrow’s learners?
  • How will AI, 3D, VR and other technologies manifest in adult learning?
  • How can we better engage learners?
  • How do we get the right information to the learner in the right format and at the right time?
  • Will certificate and certification programs play a growing role with veterinary professionals?
  • Do limitations on financial resources inhibit – or invigorate – ability to innovate and adapt in response to these changes?

VMAE  is honored that Elliott Masie will guide this journey at ThinkWORKS 2019. Elliott is renowned as a provocative, engaging and entertaining futurist, analyst and speaker. He is focused on the changing world of the workplace, learning and technology, and he’ll share his insights through lively presentation and interaction. Elliott will also facilitate workshop experiences that help translate adult learning theory into real-world application that is relevant to veterinary medical associations.

Additionally, VMAE is pleased that a team from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will demonstrate how CSU is responding to this changing landscape and building on their history of supporting virtual reality in education. More than 20 years ago, CSU faculty began developing 2D Virtual Canine Anatomy software to reduce cadaver use and enhance the student experience. In the last 5 years, this group has expanded the species offerings to include 2D virtual feline, equine, and bovine anatomy software programs. More recently, they have entered the 3D Virtual Reality (VR) space and are leading the nation with programs to enhance student engagement both in and out of the classroom.

ThinkWORKS participants will be able to don VR goggles and interact with canine hearts, equine heads, and a variety of other 3D animal anatomy specimens. 

CSU faculty have also created programs that allow learners to interact with the human nervous system so that users may better understand the neuroanatomical basis of lesions. An additional program allows MRI and CT images to be “volumized” and converted into an interactive structure in the VR space. When wearing the VR goggles – as ThinkWORKS participants will be able to experience – the user is quickly transitioned to a virtual world along with others viewing the same content.

The CSU team will discuss with participants the numerous potential uses of these technologies with adult learners. This includes taking the teaching laboratory to both local and distant learners using interactive video capture with the newest video production equipment. Teaching continues after a course by promoting post-course participant involvement using online instructor-participant interaction, adding new teaching content, and using chat room technology for past participants. Development of meaningful course analysis to gauge the participant’s achievements will be accomplished using a digital badging system that becomes a recognition of learning and encourages engagement with future learning platforms.

Featured Speakers

Elliott Masie

Elliott Masie is the Host and Curator of many Learning & Development Seminars, Labs, and Conferences over the past 28 years. He is a provocative, engaging and entertaining researcher, educator, analyst and speaker – focused on the changing world of the workplace, learning and technology. Elliott is acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term eLearning and has advocated for a sane deployment of learning and collaboration technology as a means of supporting the effectiveness and profitability of enterprises

He heads The MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, NY think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He leads the Learning CONSORTIUM, a coalition of 230 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies, including Amazon, Walmart, American Express, General Electric, McDonald’s, General Motors and Fidelity Investments. He is the editor of Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie, an Internet newsletter read by over 52,000 business executives worldwide, and a regular columnist in professional publications, including CLO Magazine. He is the author of 12 books, including the ASTD/MASIE Center’s Big Learning Data.

Mark Setter, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Stetter serves as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. The college is recognized as one of the premier veterinary programs in the world, working to improve the health of animals, people and the planet through innovative and dedicated teaching, research, outreach and clinical service; empowering the next generation of leaders to change the world.

Dr. Stetter received his DVM from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.  A zoo and wildlife veterinarian by training, he completed a residency and board certification while at the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York. Prior to joining CSU, he spent 15 years with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando. As the Director of Animal Operations, Dr. Stetter was responsible for the healthcare of Disney’s animal collections worldwide. He has been actively involved in organizations as president of the American College of Zoo Medicine, founder and president of Elephant Population Management Program, chair of the Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board, and chair of the Association of Zoo and Wildlife Research Committee.

David C. Twedt

Dr. David Twedt graduated from Iowa State University and entered an internship and medicine residency in gastroenterology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He then joined the staff of the Animal Medical Center and was also a research associate at the Liver Research Center of Albert Einstein Medical School for two years before moving to Colorado State University. Dr. Twedt is currently a Diplomate of the ACVIM, Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and Associate Director of Continuing Education within the Translational Medicine Institute.

Dr. Twedt has published over 260 scientific papers, 80 funded research grants and lectured in 590 invited national and international meetings. He is a leader in veterinary endoscopy teaching in over 100 hands on courses and recently received the Pioneer in Veterinary Endoscopy Award given by the Veterinary Endoscopy Society.

Christianne Magee

Dr. Magee graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2004. After completing an internship in large animal medicine, she and her husband moved to Colorado where she was to complete a two-year residency in equine reproduction at the famed CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory. She then completed her PhD in reproductive endocrinology in 2010 at CSU’s Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. Dr. Magee is an Assistant Professor at CSU’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, where she serves as the course director for Veterinary Physiology and is a floor anatomist for Veterinary Anatomy. She is also the advisor for the Department of Biomedical Sciences Master of Science animal anatomy concentration.

Dr. Magee is the project lead for the Veterinary Education Tools team and the development of the suite of Virtual Animal Anatomy programs. She actively studies how students learn anatomy and how she can leverage learning management software and virtual reality technologies to enhance student learning and teaching efficacy.

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