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Professor's Perspective: Dr. Charles Arcoria Talks Digital Resources

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Advisory Board Arcoria

Charles J. Arcoria, DDS, MBA
Adjunct Professor, A.T. Still University (ASDOH & MOSDOH)
Webmaster, Anesthesia Education & Safety Foundation (AESF)
Preceptor & Retiree, Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry


What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The prospects for educating young students in the process of them becoming a practicing dentist.

 

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

I use a variety of tools including Zoom, Blackboard, Powerpoint, Access, SharePoint Designer, Adobe Acrobat, Camtasia and Paint Shop Pro.

 

How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

At least once during a semester.

 

What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

Learn as much about the specific areas of interest to them, so that their dental practices can find a true niche.

 

Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

In general, I don’t see as much entrepreneurship in students as I did 25 years ago.  Today, students are more cautious about starting a business, possibly because of their overall indebtedness.

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach?

Occlusion is difficult—it’s tougher for students to visualize mandibular movement without extensive graphics and videos.

 

What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

Two things I wish I had spent time learning in school are the economics of dentistry and how to run a business.

 

Tags: classroom, education, digital, THE NEXTDDS, adjunct

Professor's Perspective: Dr. David Dunning on Digital Engagement

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

Advisory Board Dunning
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David G. Dunning, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Oral Biology

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

Dental management simulation (www.dentalsimulations.com)

 

How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

During the management simulation, weekly in that semester. Students also complete on-line courses in motivational interviewing and practice management at dentalcare.com.

 

Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

In an electronic age, attention spans can be challenging to engage and maintain.

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? 

Dental insurance and practice valuations are both very complicated and involve many concepts, students are often unfamiliar with these concepts.

 

What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

--Supplemental videos for the management simulation.

--Posted supplemental materials on THNEXTDDS and Blackboard.

--On-line course modules.

These options allow students to grasp concepts and learn at least to some degree at their own pace.

Tags: classroom, education, digital, dental education, technology, dental, elearning, educator

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