Abstract Title | Participation and Activity in a Veterinary Online Lecture Series


  1. Christin Kleinsorgen
  2. Christian Gruber
  3. Britta Voss
  4. Christina Beitz-Radzio
  5. Christiane Siegling-Vlitakis
  6. Jan P. Ehlers


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Competence Centre for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research in Veterinary Medicine
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover - Germany


The Competence Centre for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research in Veterinary Medicine is a cooperation of all German-speaking veterinary universities with the goal to enhance the quality of veterinary education. One part of the project is the setup of an online lecture series for all veterinarians including students.

Summary of Work

The monthly online-lecture in Adobe Connect about late-breaking veterinary topics with lecturers from all participating universities was promoted via mail, internet and journals. The experts lectured via audio, webcam and presentation. The participants were able to interact with the expert and each other via text-chat. The lectures were recorded and the recordings were analyzed for the activity of the participants.

Summary of Results

By now 13 online lectures took part with an average of 100.9 (max. 277) participants and 90.6 (+ 23.4) minutes duration. 12 recordings were analyzed and showed that 39.2% (+ 22.14) of the participants were active during the lectures. 92.1% of 1615 postings in the chat were done by participants. 51.2% of the chats were about social topics, 14.4% about technical and 3.6% about organisational questions, 31.6% of the postings were about the topic.           


This study indicates a great interest in online lectures about extraordinary veterinary topics in students and veterinarians. The analyses could prove that participants in online lectures are active and discuss about the topics as they use the opportunity to interact in their social network.

Take-home Messages

Online lecture series enable the participants to take part in expert events and raise the activity in a social and professional environment.


The Competence Centre for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research in Veterinary Medicine was established in 2012 and is funded by the Foundations Volkswagen and Mercator.

KELDAT is a co-operation of all German-speaking institutions for veterinary education in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.





The Competence Centre for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research in veterinary medicine (KELDAT,, which has been funded by the Foundations Volkswagen and Mercator as part of the funding initiative "Bologna - The Future of Teaching", is a joint project of all the German-speaking veterinary educational institutions, who agreed to use possible synergies in order to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable quality improvement of teaching in veterinary education and training.
For this, KELDAT especially pursues the following objectives:

  • Investigating and evaluating the status quo of the various forms and alternatives of studies and curriculum design in veterinary education.
  • Accelerating the development of veterinary didactics through educational research.
  • Offering didactic training for lecturers at the participating universities based on the results of educational research.
  • Establishing cooperation in the field of teaching, especially e-learning.

Therefore, the tasks of the competence centre include both conducting educational research as well as providing services.

The sustainable development of veterinary didactics and didactic training of teaching staff requires constant continuation, thus the joint discussion and cooperation will be continued.

The experiences of the collaboration in the Competence Centre and the continuation of this cooperation further promote the joint planning and implementation of future projects, which aim to continuously and sustainably improve the quality of teaching and learning in veterinary medicine.

Summary of Work


For the monthly online lectures the synchronous and recordable web conferencing software Adobe Connect, which is available to universities was used.

Here you can see a screenshot of an online lecture with description:

Summary of Results




Next online lectures series starts in October 2015.

For more information check out our homepage or mail to Christin Kleinsorgen.


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