Effectiveness of DMU e-Parasitology in teaching animal parasitologyintegrating knowledge in analytical chemistry

  1. Antonio Peña Fernández 1
  2. Lucrecia Acosta 2
  3. Guadalupe Miró 3
  4. Ana Montoya 3
  5. María Ángeles Peña Fernández 4
  6. Rodrigo Morchón 4
  1. 1 De Montford University
  2. 2 Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

    Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

    Elche, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01azzms13

  3. 3 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Madrid, España

    ROR 02p0gd045

  4. 4 Universidad de Alcalá

    Universidad de Alcalá

    Alcalá de Henares, España

    ROR https://ror.org/04pmn0e78

XII Encuentro de Innovación en Docencia Universitaria [Recurso electrónico]: recursos docentes para la enseñanza semipresencial
  1. Héctor del Castillo Fernández (coord.)

Publisher: Editorial Universidad de Alcalá ; Universidad de Alcalá

ISBN: 978-84-18254-49-9

Year of publication: 2021

Pages: 33-40

Congress: Encuentro de Innovación en Docencia Universitaria (EIDU) (12. 2021. Alcalá de Henares)

Type: Conference paper


The devastating effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19) globally has highlighted the importance of the human/animal interface and the environment shared as a potential source of diseases. Emerging evidence has shown that significant zoonotic parasitic diseases could be appropriately controlled by implementing a One Health approach, with input from an interdisciplinary team including engineering professionals. De Montfort University (DMU, UK) is leading the development of virtual resources for the teaching and learning of animal parasitology, which will be available in the e-Parasitology® website (http:// parasitology.dmu.ac.uk/index.htm). We have carried out a teaching intervention to introduce this novel resource in the Agricultural Engineering degree at University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2020/21. 76.7% of students (n=30) indicated that engaging with the different formative quizzes and exercises available in e-Parasitology® helped them with understanding the parasitology content of their Animal Health third year module. Our intervention also shown that the website could be used to tackle the downward trend in the teaching of veterinary parasitology, by facilitating the teaching of important zoonoses in programmes with very little time available for the appropriate study of these diseases.