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Five E-Learning Tools You May Encounter in Class

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As a student, you know that dental education faces a number of challenges. Rising tuition, a shortage of instructors and the high cost of clinic operations are prompting administrators and progressive reformers to seek alternatives to the “conventional” classroom experience to more effectively utilize your time and investment. With increasing frequency, dental schools and instructors are turning to online multimedia like THE NEXTDDS to improve your experience and education.

 

As you enter the new school year, dont' be surprised if you see some new applications or programs in your professors' educational tool chest! A few of the new tools you might encounter are:

 

 

  • Adobe Captivate facilitates creating application simulations and soft skills training materials. Instructors can import PowerPoint slides and enrich them with multimedia, interactivity and quizzes. 
  • Easygenerator is a free online authoring tool that stores all content in the cloud. Part of the free edition includes hosting, updates, upgrades and maintenance. 
  •  ZebraZapps, a cloud-based authoring and publishing platform, enables instructors to create interactive applications easily and quickly. 
  • QuickLessons is a collaborative platform to create e-learning courses using their templates, animated characters, and interactive games. The tool also can incorporate PowerPoint presentations if desired. 
  • Articulate’s Storyline is a user-friendly tool used to build highly interactive online and mobile courses. 

 

 

You and your contemporaries pursuing the dental field have grown up in the digital age, and your connections to each other are now reinforced through social media, text messaging, and cloud computing. As a result, you as “digital natives” are comfortable learning with the type of technology offered by THE NEXTDDS and other online education tools. Consequently, dental school educators are increasingly incorporating e-learning, which can include everything from instructional videos to exquisitely mapped 3D atlases to clinical animations, within their educational materials. To date, e-learning seems to work best when integrated with traditional methods.