In order to best support student learning there is a need to understand the use and expectations of students relating to the inclusion of educational technology during dental school. A descriptive study was conducted to obtain entering dental student opinion of the use of technology during college, as well as what is anticipated during professional school. The study utilized an adapted version of the survey tool used by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) in their 2007 investigation of undergraduate use of technology to allow for comparison of a large undergraduate population to the participating entering dental students. Results indicate that while there are many areas of commonality between the technology use of undergraduates and dental students, there are also important differences. Dental students reported higher use of several learning technologies, as well as quite high expectations of technology use during dental school. Conclusions include that there are currently unmet technology expectations among dental students and that there is a great deal of interest on the part of students to utilize technology during dental school. Dental education applications of several technologies are discussed.
|School:||University of San Francisco|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational technology, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Dental education, Educational technology, Technology expectations|
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