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E-Learning and its applicability for soft issues of the dental education

Analysis of the applicability of e-learning to familiarize students with soft issues such as their first encounter with SPs.

This research study analysis if and to which extent E-Learning is applicable to familiarize students with a “soft” area of their education, i.e. the basics of medical interviewing, such as taking a medical history, showing empathy and handling patients with anxiety as well as with the logistics of the SP encounter (how to give feedback to peers, etc.). Intended execution: The incoming first year class will be split into two. One half, i.e. the control group, is going to use the educational material provided last year. The other half will be the study group, and thus use the new e-learning module.

Type of project: academic


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Heiko Spallek (School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh)
Other involved People: Kathrin Becker, Jean O’Donnell, Deb Polk
heiko spallek (89 star_green)
jean o'donnell (3 star_blue)
Deb Polk (5 star_blue)


Is the project funded?no

Other information:

Duration of project:6 months

DIOC user:

Kathrin Becker (5 star_blue), University of Goettingen
Kathrin Becker's interests: digital imaging/image processing, bioinformatics, evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources, research methods, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies


titus schleyer (102 ), 08/6/2010:
What is "SP"?

Also, I recommend this paper regarding issues in research design for this kind of research: C. P. Friedman. The research we should be doing. Acad.Med. 69 (6):455-7, 1994.
Deb Polk (5 ), 08/6/2010:
"The purpose of this study is to determine whether students engaging in their first encounter with a Standardized Patient (SP) will feel more prepared if they study materials in an e-learning format as compared with a traditional format."

The outcome is students' perceptions of preparedness, right? We won't be comparing facilitators' ratings of them, right?

Remember that the in the "traditional" format, the students access the textbook online. So it's already not "traditional" in the traditional sense of the words.


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