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Professor's Perspective: Lisa Harper Mallonee on Student Technology

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 06:39 PM

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Lisa F. Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD
Texas A & M Baylor College of Dentistry
Associate Professor, Caruth School of Dental Hygiene

Harper Mallonee

What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

I get to combine my two areas of interest (dental hygiene and nutrition) to educate students and practitioners.

 

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

I use Blackboard in the classroom.

 

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

My students are given several projects that require online research.

 

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

As the Surgeon General stated in May of 2000 in his landmark report “The mouth is the window to all diseases of the body”. It is crucial that dental practitioners gain knowledge and expertise in treating the whole patient and not just the mouth.

 

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

The current generation of students are very hands-on and technologically savvy. It is important to keep them stimulated and address these learning styles in both the clinic and classroom settings.

 

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

The application of nutrition in the dental setting is often times a difficult concept to teach. The etiology of caries involves this application because host factors, bacteria, saliva and diet are the four crucial components. Oftentimes students make this application more difficult than it has to be. Diet (forms of foods, frequency of consumption and timing of foods/beverages) should be addressed and discussed with each of our patients who are at risk or present evidence of dental decay.


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

In our dental hygiene clinic, the only digital adjunct materials we use are digital x-rays. I think a digital camera is an incredible teaching tool for both patient and student. It allows the student to educate on their findings in the mouth while the patient gets a visual image of what is being discussed.


Why did you choose your specialty?

I have a passion for prevention! As both a registered dietitian and a registered dental hygienist, my goal is to educate and encourage the practical application of diet and nutrition in the dental setting. I also strive to foster interprofessional collaboration between dietetics practitioners and oral health care professionals. My enthusiasm for educating patients, students and practitioners about the oral health-nutrition link is what drives me professionally to make strides in this area.


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

I wish I had known more about public health professional opportunities for the dental professional.

Tags: education, technology, dental, advice, elearning, educator

Professor's Perspective: E.R. Schwedhelm

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

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Schwedhelm

 

E.R. Schwedhelm

Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry

University of Washington School of Dentistry

 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The interdisciplinary treatment planning

 

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

I started using Canvas and PowerPoint Mix, have also used TurningPoint

 

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

Get involved in study clubs

 

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

CAD/CAM technology. The faculty are not trained, there are constant upgrades to software, equipment, cost, facilities, staff. Students have the impression that just a mouse click will do all.

 

Why did you choose your specialty?

Interdisciplinary treatment

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

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

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

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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

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Matthew Brock

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

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Brock
Dr. Matthew Brock
Visiting Professor, Department of Endodontics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

1. What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

A lot of our patients present to us with a tooth that is hurting.  It is rewarding to know that we can diagnose which tooth is the source of the problem, treat it with a root canal and get them almost immediate relief.

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

We use Schick 33 digital radiographs and use this to better educate our patients about a root canal, before and after the procedure.

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

    I would recommend to shadow other endodontist, have an idea of where you want to live and practice and don’t get into it thinking you are going to make “mega bucks”…

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

    I feel that they are a little more ready for instant gratification and sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to build a solid practice.  I feel that it is easy to have mentor and assume that you to will be there in a year or two, whereas the reality is that it can take 5-10 years to build a practice.

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

      I typically use video filmed through my microscope & radiographs in my Powerpoint or Key note presentations.

      6. Why did you choose your specialty?

      My step-father, John McSpadden, limited his practice to endodontics in the 1970s and developed the McSpadden Compactor, and later NiTi rotary files in the early 1990s.  I watched his NiTi rotary file company grow & even worked with the company 2 summers during college and found what he was doing fascinating and decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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

      A lot of research is manipulated by the principal investigators to prove or illustrate the point that their sponsor is trying to promote.  This leads us to a lot of articles that are basically paid advertisements that people sometimes read as the latest and greatest.

      Tags: classroom, education, THE NEXTDDS, technology, student, dental, advice, specialty, endodontics, elearning, educator

      Professor's Perspective: Dental Educator & Clinician John Christensen

      Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

      This is the first in a series of interviews highlighting THE NEXTDDS Academic Advisory Board members and their views on dental education today. From their choices in digital tools in the classroom to what advice they would give current dental students, these academicians will weigh in on their experiences.

       

      Advisory Board Christensen

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      John Christensen, DDS, MS, MS

      Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

       

      What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

      Working with a varied population daily (children and adolescents) who make every appointment different.  You never know what is coming next.

       

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

      Digital photos, x-rays, models for orthodontic diagnosis. I use Dolphin software to help work up orthodontic cases.  I use Pubmed, Google scholar alerts for information and education. Dentaltraumaguide.org is the best resource for trauma available.

       

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

      Often, it is a way of getting journal articles without the journal.

       

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

      Visit dentists in the specialty you are considering and observe for more than an afternoon.  Do they seem happy? Challenged? Frustrated?  That tells you a lot about the specialty.

       

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

      Yes, the amount of information available to students is almost overwhelming.  Couple that with all the information coming from news, social media, etc. and I think the current generation has a difficult time finding time to focus on the material at hand. Multitasking is not the answer.

       

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

      Critical thinking to apply different concepts to a single problem.  Students often know A, know B, and know C.  What they have trouble with is combining A, B, and C to make D which is the best solution to the problem.

       

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

      Dentaltraumaguide.org for resource.  Dolphin Imaging to see what treatment might look like. 

       

      Why did you choose your specialty?

      Children create another dimension to treatment and that is time.  They change and one needs to understand growth and development to incorporate the changes into the treatment solutions.

       

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

      My father was a dentist so I knew most of what was happening.  I wish I knew more about where we are going.  Will dentistry and dentists just become technicians providing services or will we continue to be part of the health team?

      Tags: children, orthodontic, classroom, student, dental, elearning, educator, online

      Electronic Learning: Serving the Needs of All Learners and Educators

      Posted by John Papa on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

      Different Types of Learners

      What kind of learner are you? This might seem a strange question to some, but any of you who have taken an education course as an undergrad, have parents or relatives in the educational field, or can recall a professor explaining or utilizing different methods of teaching may recall the four broad categories of learners. For a quick refresher, they are as follows:

      • Visual – Those who learn best by seeing things in action. These types of learners respond well to diagrams, slideshows, and instructional videos.
      • Auditory – Those who learn best by hearing. These people are more suited for lectures or presentations.
      • Kinesthetic – Those who learn by doing and “hands-on” activities. These people are well suited for displays and examples.
      • Dynamic – Those who tend to figure things out by themselves, and learn through experimentation, collaboration, and self-guided research.1

      Different types of learners

      At times, traditional education can leave some of these individuals out in the cold, as it tends to lean more heavily toward auditory learners. However, through the growth and expansion of eLearning outlets in recent years, all types of students and individuals can learn about virtually any topic of interest to them in any way that they prefer.

      Research also suggests that eLearning improves information retention. As Karen Jones, at 23-year veteran in the field of eLearning, and Director of eLearning for the Bryant Consulting Group tells her clients, “Technology-based solutions allow more room for individual differences in learning styles. Whereas the average content retention rate for an instructor-led class is only 58%, the more intensive eLearning experience enhances the retention rate by 25-60%.”2,3

       

      The Evolution of eLearning

      Over the past several years, eLearning has evolved through the use of information technology from an afterthought, to an accredited and often relied upon method of education. The advantages of eLearning are numerous, and begin with the delivery methods that are availed to online learners; methods that can suit any of the four types of learners.

      As is the case with any educational environment, the right curriculum makes for the right kind of learning. A hallmark of a good e-curriculum is the ability for an instructor to adapt the same material in different ways for different kinds of learners. For instance, providing optional links or slide shows for visual learners, while allowing auditory learners to listen in a podcast-style, audio-only format. Educators can also accommodate kinesthetic learners with optional examples or interactive pieces, and allow students to work through material at their own pace alone, or in a group, without funneling everyone through the same rigid formats and lessons.4

      The internet offers a wide array of multimedia options for visual and auditory learners, as well as the possibility of interactivity and simulations within a lesson for kinesthetically inclined learners. There exists the possibility to bookmark pages and track results, allowing learners to progress at their own pace. Additionally there are message boards that allow for large-scale group collaboration, as well as experts or moderators available to regulate the exchange of valuable information among community members. The problem is that not all of the information found on the web is equally credible, and the main challenge in eLearning today lies in the learner’s ability to locate credible, accurate information. This potential roadblock eliminated entirely when browsing peer-reviewed, content such that you would find on THE NEXT DDS.

       

      The Value of eLearning

      While you may not yet be able to obtain a dental degree online, that does not mean that eLearning cannot offer valuable resources for you as a dental student. THE NEXT DDS is a credible source of education that both compliments and enhances your classroom and clinical experiences. Maybe you’re a visual learner, who will get more out of watching a video of a Class II restoration being performed than you would out of reading about how the procedure is performed, or hearing it in a lecture. Or maybe you’re more of interactive or dynamic learner, who likes to bounce ideas off of others while working. For these learners, THE NEXT DDS has built in chat, messaging, and social features that allow you to stay connected to your classmates 24/7.

      Of course, for many, the true value of eLearning comes (as it so often does) from the most rudimentary bottom line questions: how much does it cost/what value am I getting for my monetary/time investment? The widespread availability and financial flexibility are what make eLearning so appealing to such a wide audience.

      Access to THE NEXT DDS is available completely free for dental students, so there is no need to worry about expiration dates, deadlines, or budgeting. Dental faculty and students alike can use this resource to compliment and enhance their curriculum, and to help maintain an educational focus even when students are not in the classroom. THE NEXT DDS has built a readily available, expansive library of scientifically sound, peer-reviewed information in a multitude of formats that accommodate all four types of learning styles. All you need to do is log in!

      Log into THENEXTDDS!

       

      References:

      1. Schultz, J. E-Learning Solutions Accelerate Learning for All Types of Learners. AESeducation. March 12, 2012. Available at: http://blog.aeseducation.com/2012/03/e-learning-solutions-accelerates-learning-for-all-types-of-learners/. Accessed July 24, 2013.
      2. Jones, K. The Advantages of ELearning. TheTrainingWorld. June 15, 2007. Available at: http://thetrainingworld.com/articles/elearningadvantages.htm. Accessed July 24, 2013.
      3. Jack E. Bowsher, "Revolutionizing Workforce Performance: A Systems Approach to Mastery," 1998; D. Peoples, Presentations Plus, 1992; Training Magazine, 19
      4. Smith, A. The Rich Value of Online Learning – An Online Educator’s Perspective. Elearningindustry. March 29, 2013. Available at: http://elearningindustry.com/the-rich-value-of-online-learning-an-online-educator-perspective. Accessed July 24, 2013.

      Tags: classroom, dental education, electronic, visual, kinesthetic, dynamic, elearning, online, instruction, auditory

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