Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies Spring 2017

New Officer Elections

At ADEA 2017 we will be nominating and electing our next secretary for the Special Interest Group Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies. Please come to the meeting March 18, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm to participate in the nominations and election of your newest SIG officer. For specific information on what the duties of a SIG officer entail, please click on the button below. Please remember that you will need individual membership in ADEA, current membership in the Teaching and Learning with emerging Technologies SIG, and commitment to be at each annual meeting while you are an officer. If you are interested in running for the position of secretary, please forward your CV to Dr. Tamika Thompson (thompstn@udmercy.edu).

Come Support Your SIG!!!

The Special Interest Group Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies is collaborating in several presentations at ADEA 2017. We will be partnering with Dental Informatics for the short talks entitled "Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies and Informatics: Short Talks" on March 19, 2017 from 10:30-12:00, while other collaborations resulted in the presentations "Using Technologies to Facilitate and Enhance Interprofessional Education" March 20, 2017 from 10:30-12:00, "Beyond the Boundaries of Inclusion: Thinking Through LGBT Health Disparities" March 20, 2017 from 1:35-1:50, "Fostering Critical Thinking Beyond the Boundaries of the Traditional Classroom" March 21, 2017 from 8:00am-9:00am, and a poster presentation "Do You Go the Extra Millimeter? Crown Lengthen or Not?" March 19, 2017 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

What's Happening on Your Campus??

A while ago we asked our members how they were using emerging technologies in their dental programs. Here is a reponse we received from Dr. Susie Dracopoulos from the University of Sydney. Filemaker Pro has been used to digitize student clinical assessments. Give it a read and see what you think. Is this something that may be useful in your dental program?

What's happening on your Campus??

Here is a response we received from Meixun Sinky Zheng, PhD, Instructional Designer and Assistant Professor at Arthur A. Dugong School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific outlining a wide array of technologies being utilized. Dr. Zheng is very interested in how other schools are incorporating technology into their teaching!

1. Voicethread. Voicethread is a cloud-based multimedia presentation and interactive discussion tool. It allows users (instructors and students) to create multimedia presentations and invite others to make comments/ask questions directly on the presentation slides. This interactive feature makes online learning more active and interactive. Pacific Dugoni faculty have used Voicethread in their blended courses and for the flipped classroom. Physiology faculty also had students working in small groups to make online presentations with Voicethread and engaged them in interactive online discussions around the presentations.

2. Polleverywhere. Polleverywhere is a web-based audience response system. It allows instructors to create self-assessment quiz questions in a variety of formats, including multiple choice, open-ended, image-based, ranking, and clickable image questions. In particular, the clickable image questions allow students to submit their answer by clicking on a specific area on the image. Students can respond to Polleverywhere questions with their cell phone (text message), tablet, or laptop. It could be a valuable tool for self-assessment and classroom engagement.

3. SoftChalk. SoftChalk is a cloud-based content authorization and delivery tool. Faculty can easily create interactive online content with SoftChalk. It supports a variety of mini learning games such as hot spot, labeling, flip card, crossword puzzles, thinking cap questions, and so on. SoftChalk also makes it possible for faculty to co-develop online content remotely on the cloud. Oral pathology faculty at Pacific Dugoni started to use SoftChalk earlier this year and have seen initial success.

4. Quizlet. Quizlet is a web-based learning game platform. Faculty in our dental hygiene program created a variety of mini learning games with Quizlet, including the space race game, to engage students in learning dental Spanish.

5. iPad and the Splashtop app. Pacific Dugoni faculty use iPad for presentation and doodling during face-to-face presentations. Using the Splashtop app, the iPad screen, along with the doodling process, is projected on the big screen in the front of the elongated classroom, making it easier for students to follow the presentation. The wireless iPad system also allows faculty to more freely move around in the classroom to engage all students, instead of only with those sitting near the podium.

6. Articulate Storyline. Articulate Storyline is an e-learning authorization tool. Our pediatric dentistry faculty used Storyline to redesign static course materials into interactive formats. Students can work on crossword puzzles and interact with the content in the Storyline environment, making online learning more engaging and fun.

7. Digital badges. We issue digital badges (electronic format of badges) to faculty to give them recognition for participating in professional development programs and the new skills they have developed as a result of attending the programs. We use Credly.com as our badge issuing platform.

8. Jeopardy games. Our integrated clinical science faculty has planned to implement the Jeopardy game with 2nd year students to help them with National Board Part I preparation. We will use Jeopardylabs.com, a free website, to design the game.

What's happening on your campus??

Some other responses that we received are outlined here:

Dr. Jesse Manton wrote about utilizing the same methodology and technology used to train code blue teams in hospitals to design a curriculum that can be used to train GPR residents in emergency medicine. By using this technology, the residents "were given the opportunity to be empowered with a clinically relevant, deeper understanding and comfort with using emergency medicine equipment and skills to manage patients undergoing a crisis in a dental office setting."

From Christine Edwards, PhD with the Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry division at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC we heard about the use of a web-based application that the outreach staff members use to gather patient information "in the field" (WIC centers, pre schools, etc). They see 600+ children between 0-5 years old per month (that's approx 30,000 Los Angeles County families and children so far!) for whom they are able to collect and save health information when they are no in the clinic. Excellent use of technology!

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