Chats with the AVTE

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Fireside Chat
July 28th at 2 PM ET - A Panel of Vet Tech Graduates

Speakers:
Amanda Schwarzwalder, RVT, KPA, CTP, VTS (Behavior)
Shell Keith, LVT
Tyler Grogan, CVT, RVT
Angela Elia, LVT

Moderated By:
Dr. Andy Roark
Sam Geiling, RVT

Join us for a discussion with vet tech grads about their vet tech program experiences. What they learned, what they wish they would’ve learned, and advice they would give themselves when they were just starting out.

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Fireside Chat
July 21st at 2 PM ET - Reflection: Valuable Lessons Learned

Speakers:
Laurie Lobdell, Parkland College
Jamie Morgan, Pima Medical Institute

Reflection is an integral part of the learning process for students. We will discuss strategies for adding reflection to assignments and assessments in veterinary technology. We will give examples of how reflection has taught us some very valuable lessons during this recent transition to the online format.

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Fireside Chat
June 23rd at 1 PM ET - Flip, Don't Flop in Online and In-Person Teaching

Speakers:
Dr. Sabrina Timperman, Mercy College
Dr. Amanda Colon, Mercy College

The flipped classroom approach has been around now for several years and some faculty embrace and swear by its effectiveness, while others are doubtful.  Examples of how the flipped classroom model has been successfully implemented will be highlighted and the presenters will teach you the ins and the outs of structuring your own flipped experience, regardless if it is in person on online. Do not be afraid of the flip, we will make sure you know how to keep it from becoming a flop.

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Fireside Chat
June 16th at 2 PM ET - Mindset and Hope

Speaker:
Dr. Jim Hurrell, Penn Foster College

In these challenging times that we live in, having the right mindset for our students is critical! We as educators will impact our students’ lives forever! Let’s talk about this MINDSET!

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Fireside Chat
June 9th at 2 PM ET - Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Speaker:
Keren Allen, Baker College

This will focus on ways to get students engaged and learning in the classroom with fun activities.  Keren will share ideas and things she has used that facilitate student engagement.

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Fireside Chat
May 26th at 2 PM ET - Effective Preparation for the VTNE Licensure Exam

Speaker:
Dr. Steven I. McLaughlin, Zuku Review

The Veterinary Technician's National Exam (VTNE) is a challenge: students struggle to pass and teachers struggle to help them to prepare effectively. In this session, we will apply retrieval practice and strategic test-taking techniques using the VTNE format topics for specific examples.  We'll cover simple tools to help your students gain confidence and become more effective test takers for the VTNE and beyond. 

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Fireside Chat
May 19th at 2 PM ET - Coping Strategies for Working From Home

Speaker:
Jennifer Serling, Pima Institute Veterinary Technology - Tucson Campus

Moderated By:
Tricia Gorham, St. Petersburg College - Distance Education Program

Join us for a lighthearted but helpful discussion on ways to deal with the seemingly forever prospect of working from home.  Feel free to bring your own ideas to share and collaborate with fellow educators.

Virtual Town Hall
May 14th at 2 PM ET
- Adapting Courses to Online Formats

Panelists:
Josh Clark, Purdue University - College of Veterinary Medicine
Markiva Contris, Pierce College Veterinary Technology Department
Tricia Gorham, St. Petersburg College - Distance Education Program
Allan Zahara, Consultant - Distance Education

Moderated By:
Jennifer Serling, Pima Institute Veterinary Technology - Tucson Campus

The conversation will speak to effective communication practices in the online format as well as how to engage students online with interactive assignments while holding them to the high standards of the profession. Skill documentation will also be addressed.