Strengthening Student's Self-Reflective Skills and Enhancing Assessment Consistency in Restorative Dentistry via a New Digital Dental Technology

Title Strengthening Student's Self-Reflective Skills and Enhancing Assessment Consistency in Restorative Dentistry via a New Digital Dental Technology
Faculty/College/Unit Dentistry
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Vincent Lee
Year 1: Funded Amount 27,220
Year 1: Team Members

Dr. S. Ross Bryant (Co-Principal Applicant), Assistant Professor, OHS, Faculty of Dentistry
Ahmed Ballo, DMD, MSc Student in Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry
Mark Fogelman, DMD, Clinical Associate Professor, Module Coordinator of Restorative Dentistry, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Leandra Best, DMD, Clinical Professor, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Christopher Wyatt, DMD, MSc, Dip Pros, Professor, Program Director, Prosthodontics, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
HsingChi von Bergmann, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Co-Chair of Assessment and Ed-Tech Subcommittee, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Project Summary

Digital technology systems have recently been introduced to support students’ development of restorative dentistry skills by rendering 3-D images of tooth preparations with various measurements to help students understand their operating precision, and to reduce instructor standardization difficulties with assessment of student skills. While our ultimate goal is to implement a new approach to support interactive learning, the aim of this pilot project is to evaluate the feasibility of using digital technology for more objective assessments of tooth preparation skills specifically to (i) explore how to maximize strengthening students’ self-reflective skills using digital technology, (ii) compare student clinical skills derived using digitial technology with a previous cohort of students without this digital experience, and (iii) develop a more consistent instructor standardization student assessment tool in the area of restorative dentistry using the new digital technology based on experience gained in this project.