Center for Dental Informatics: Research project page (as of 12/6/2011)
E-Learning and its applicability for soft issues of the dental education:
This research study analyzes 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. The module prepares students with the logistics of the standardized patient (SP) encounter, for instance, it explains how to give feedback to peers. This page provides full access to the module as well as to the research performed in the setting of the first-year curriculum.
The e-learning module was developed using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for video editing, Adobe Captivate 5 to create the actual e-learning module (inclusive quizzes, scripts to manage dynamic behavior and branching), and Adobe Photoshop CS 4 to correct the photos and to create illustrations. The actual module was embedded in a Learning Management System, Blackboard v 8.3 using adaptive release to separate access for the study and the control group. Students in the study group accessed the following units.
Each unit contains video files. To watch them, make sure that you have Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher installed on your computer. You can download the Adobe Flash Player here.
This e-learning module has successfully passed the peer-review process at MedEdPORTAL, the open education resource and publication service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges in partnership with the American Dental Education Association, and has been officially indexed, formatted, and published:
In contrast to text book-based learning, e-learning is a relatively new method comprising interactivity, multimedia-based content as well as social interaction. We hypothesize that these features increase students' motivation to start learning and make
Project TeamHeiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA(CIS): project leader, study design, camera
Kathrin Becker, BSc: e-learning module design, production, interaction design
Deborah E. Polk, PhD: pedagogic content design, actor
Jean O'Donnell, DMD, MS: study design, actor, script development Gina Preciado: standardized patient.
For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Heiko Spallek.
(1) Medical interview: mastering skills for clinical practice by John L. Coulehan, Marian L. Block 5th ed.