Introducing dental students to e-learning at a South African university
Methods. Educational resources were placed online to supplement didactic and clinical teaching and thus compensate for the lack of chair-side teaching. An online learning platform was therefore provided for students to engage with.
Results. Forty-seven per cent of students accessed the site. The evaluation of the course by these 4th- and 5th-year students was mostly positive. Students who did not access the site provided a variety of reasons for not doing so, the main reasons being ‘lack of time’ (40%) and ‘lack of IT resources’ (41%).
Conclusion. This intervention highlighted the fact that ‘blended learning’ definitely has its place in the dentistry curriculum, especially if minor issues such as access to resources can be addressed. The Paediatric Dentistry Department at UWC is continually pursuing current trends in teaching to provide an education that is on par with global standards.
Nadia Mohamed, Lecturer, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, University of the Western Cape
Fathima Peerbhay, Lecturer, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, University of the Western Cape
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Date published: 2012-12-06
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