Digital interactive learning of oral radiographic anatomy

Vuchkova, J., Maybury, T. and Farah, C. S. (2012) Digital interactive learning of oral radiographic anatomy. European Journal of Dental Education, 16 1: e79-e87. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2011.00679.x


Author Vuchkova, J.
Maybury, T.
Farah, C. S.
Title Digital interactive learning of oral radiographic anatomy
Journal name European Journal of Dental Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1396-5883
1600-0579
Publication date 2012-02
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2011.00679.x
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page e79
End page e87
Total pages 9
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Studies reporting high number of diagnostic errors made from radiographs suggest the need to improve the learning of radiographic interpretation in the dental curriculum. Given studies that show student preference for computer-assisted or digital technologies, the purpose of this study was to develop an interactive digital tool and to determine whether it was more successful than a conventional radiology textbook in assisting dental students with the learning of radiographic anatomy.
Materials and methods: Eighty-eight dental students underwent a learning phase of radiographic anatomy using an interactive digital tool alongside a conventional radiology textbook. The success of the digital tool, when compared to the textbook, was assessed by quantitative means using a radiographic interpretation test and by qualitative means using a structured Likert scale survey, asking students to evaluate their own learning outcomes from the digital tool.
Results: Student evaluations of the digital tool showed that almost all participants (95%) indicated that the tool positively enhanced their learning of radiographic anatomy and interpretation.
Discussion: The success of the digital tool in assisting the learning of radiographic interpretation is discussed in the broader context of learning and teaching curricula, and preference (by students) for the use of this digital form when compared to the conventional literate form of the textbook.
Conclusion: Whilst traditional textbooks are still valued in the dental curriculum, it is evident that the preference for computer-assisted learning of oral radiographic anatomy enhances the learning experience by enabling students to interact and better engage with the course material.
Keyword Dental education
Interactive learning
Radiographic anatomy
Dental radiology curriculum
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 17 FEB 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
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