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Kankofer, M.; Kedzierski, W.; Wawrzykowski, J.; Adler, M.; Fischer, M. and Ehlers, J. P. (2016): Use of virtual problems in teaching veterinary chemistry in Lublin (Poland). In: Wiener Tierärztliche Monatsschrift, Vol. 103, No. 5-6: pp. 125-131

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It is a great challenge in teaching chemistry to veterinary students to show students how chemistry will be applied in their future veterinary practice. The task of teachers is to select topics that are necessary for the further study of biochemistry and other preclinical subjects, as well as to motivate the students. We hypothesized that implementing innovative didactic materials in the form of virtual problems may help students, understanding and thus improve their grades in chemistry exams. The study was performed during two consecutive years. First-year students of veterinary medicine were asked to participate in a pre-survey. They were then invited to use the computer program CASUS, which posed a virtual problem related to polysaccharides, before answering a post-survey. Finally, they took a chemistry exam covering both general chemistry and organic chemistry and including questions related to polysaccharides. The results showed that virtual problems can be used in teaching basic veterinary science. However, they were used largely by good students (with good grades). Further attention should be paid to poorer students (with bad grades) to increase their motivation for acquiring knowledge.

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