Enhancing Dental Student Learning Through an Interactive, Online, Competency-Based Progress Test System

Title Enhancing Dental Student Learning Through an Interactive, Online, Competency-Based Progress Test System
Faculty/College/Unit Dentistry
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2014
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2014/2015
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator HsingChi von Bergmann
Year 1: Funded Amount 40,200
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator HsingChi von Bergmann
year-2 funded-amount 44,032
Year 2: Team Members

Leandra Best, DMD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Nancy Black, DMD, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
James Richardson, DMD, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Connie Reynolds, Manager, Academic Progress, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
David Kohler, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Education Research Lab, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Charles Shuler, DMD, Ph.D., Dean, Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Year 2: Summary

UBC Dentistry emphasizes an inquiry-based pedagogical approach and follows a competency-based education (CBE) ideology. In all educational programs, a sound assessment system will help to achieve the program curricular philosophy. As a part of our curriculum renewal and the desire to achieve the CBE philosophy, with support from TLEF in 2014-2015, we designed a Progress Test System (PTS) that will be piloted in Spring 2015. A successful result from the pilot will advise a full implementation of PTS to augment our curriculum renewal project. Via an Interactive, online, four-year continuum of progress tests, students will be assessed on the expected competencies of a new graduate dentist. Our PTS emphasizes an interactive-web-based feedback tool where students will: complete progress tests, receive immediate formative feedback, engage in online discussion groups, and be directed to specific areas for improvement /remediation. Multiple means will be employed to evaluate intended outcomes of this project.

Year 3: Principal Investigator HsingChi von Bergmann
Year 3: Funded Amount 43,170
Year 3: Project Year Year 3
Year 3: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 3: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 3: Team Members

Leandra Best, DMD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Nancy Black, DMD, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Connie Reynolds, Manager, Academic Progress, UBC Faculty of Dentistry
Charles Shuler, DMD, Ph.D., Dean, Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Year 3: Summary

As a part of our curriculum renewal and a strong desire to achieve the competency-based-education philosophy, and with support from TLEF in the past two years, we began to build a Progress-Test-System (PTS) that was implemented in September 2015. In the twice-a-year, four- year continuum of progress surveys/tests, students are assessed on the expected competencies of a new graduate dentist. The pilot has been conducted, and now we intend to augment the PTS’ feedback system via building an interactive, web-based platform that can build a more sustainable assessment system. The third year project will focus on building an interactive-web-based feedback tool where students will: receive timely, formative feedback, engage in online discussion groups, and be directed to specific areas for improvement /remediation. Multiple means will be employed to evaluate intended outcomes of this project.