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

TitleEnhancing Dental Student Learning Through an Interactive, Online, Competency-Based Progress Test System
Faculty/College/UnitDentistry
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2014
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2014/2015
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorHsingChi von Bergmann
Year 1: Funded Amount40,200
Year 1: Team Members

HsingChi von Bergmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Leandra Best, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry
Nancy Black, Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Connie Reynolds, Manager, Academic Progress, Faculty of Dentistry
Judith Walker, Postdoctoral Fellow, Education Research Lab, Faculty of Dentistry

Year 1: Summary

UBC Dentistry emphasizes an inquiry-based pedagogical approach and follows competency-based education (CBE) ideology. In all educational programs, a sound assessment system helps to achieve the program curricular philosophy. As a part of our curricular renewal and a strong desire to create a holistic CBE program, we propose to introduce a Progress Test System (PTS) to augment our curricular renewal project. Via and interactive, online, four-year continuum of progress tests, students will be assessed on the expected competencies of a new graduate dentist. This system emphasizes the use of 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. We intend the PTS to encourage self-directed learning and reduce the challenges inherent in scheduling faculty/student face time for providing feedback. Multiple means will be employed to evaluate the intended outcomes of this project.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2015/2016
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorHsingChi von Bergmann
Year 2: Funded Amount44,032
Year 2: Team Members

HsingChi von Bergmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Leandra Best, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry
Nancy Black, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
James Richardson, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Connie Reynolds, Manager, Academic Progress, Faculty of Dentistry
David Kohler, Postdoctoral Fellow, Education Research Lab, Faculty of Dentistry
Charles Shuler, Dean / Professor, Faculty of Dentistry

Year 2: Summary

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 2: TLEF ShowcaseYear 2: TLEF Showcase
Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2016/2017
Year 3: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorHsingChi von Bergmann
Year 3: Funded Amount43,170
Year 3: Team Members

HsingChi von Bergmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Leandra Best, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry
Nancy Black, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Connie Reynolds, Manager, Academic Progress, Faculty of Dentistry
Charles Shuler, Dean / Professor, 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.

Year 3: TLEF ShowcaseYear 3: TLEF Showcase