Recommendations for the development of e-modules for the continuing professional development of European dentists

A. Kavadella, A. E. Kossioni, K. Tsiklakis, J. Cowpe, A. Bullock, E. Barnes, S. Bailey, H. Thomas, R. Thomas, T. Karaharju-Suvanto, K. Suomalainen, H. Kersten, E. Povel, M. Giles, D. Walmsley, U. Soboleva, A. Liepa, I. Akota

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Abstract

Aims: To provide evidence-based and peer-reviewed recommendations for the development of dental continuing professional development (CPD) learning e-modules. Methods: The present recommendations are consensus recommendations of the DentCPD project team and were informed by a literature research, consultations from e-learning and IT expert, discussions amongst the participants attending a special interest group during the 2012 ADEE meeting, and feedback from the evaluation procedures of the exemplar e-module (as described in a companion paper within this Supplement). The main focus of these recommendations is on the courses and modules organised and offered by dental schools. Results and discussion: E-modules for dental CPD, as well as for other health professionals' continuing education, have been implemented and evaluated for a number of years. Research shows that the development of e-modules is a team process, undertaken by academics, subject experts, pedagogists, IT and web designers, learning technologists and librarians. The e-module must have clear learning objectives (outcomes), addressing the learners' individual needs, and must be visually attractive, relevant, interactive, promoting critical thinking and providing feedback. The text, graphics and animations must support the objectives and enable the learning process by creating an attractive, easy to navigate and interactive electronic environment. Technology is usually a concern for learners and tutors; therefore, it must be kept simple and interoperable within different systems and software. The pedagogical and technological proficiency of educators is of paramount importance, yet remains a challenge in many instances. Conclusions: The development of e-courses and modules for dental CPD is an endeavour undertaken by a group of professionals. It must be underpinned by sound pedagogical and e-learning principles and must incorporate elements for effective visual learning and visual design and a simple, consistent technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Volume17
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Continuing professional development
  • Dentists
  • E-learning
  • E-modules

Field of Science

  • 5.3 Educational sciences
  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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