Interactive distance learning in post-doctoral orthodontic education
Katherine Pennington Klein, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Awarded
A series of research projects at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC) have been dedicated to determining the best way to provide distance education to graduate orthodontic programs. Data from early studies by Bednar and Miller et al, determined the most effective and acceptable method for distance learning in post-graduate orthodontic programs was a "blended" experience. This blended approach combines self-preparation through reading assigned articles, watching a recording of an actual interactive seminar on a designated website, and follow up discussion with faculty (either live or distant). In 2008, a grant from the American Association of Orthodontists made it possible to open this experience to all 63 programs in the United States. This master's thesis consists of two papers: Paper I evaluates the utilization and acceptability of interactive distance learning for orthodontic residents; Paper II investigates problems with interactive distance learning in post-doctoral education and identifies potential solutions.
Klein, K.P. Interactive distance learning in post-doctoral orthodontic education. Master's thesis, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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