A pilot of a Virtual Objective Clinical Examination in dental education. A response to Covid-19

Donn, J., Scott, J. A. , Binnie, V. and Bell, A. (2021) A pilot of a Virtual Objective Clinical Examination in dental education. A response to Covid-19. European Journal of Dental Education, 25(3), pp. 488-494. (doi: 10.1111/eje.12624) (PMID:33185919)

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Abstract

Introduction: The outbreak of COVID‐19 necessitated a move to online teaching and assessment. The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has been an integral part of dental examinations for several decades. The COVID‐19 pandemic stopped face to face examinations around the world. An Online Virtual OSCE (VOSCE) was developed and piloted for dental undergraduate assessment. Aim: This initial report outlines the steps required to run an OSCE on‐line. Discussion: With careful planning the VOSCE is a useful assessment method in difficult times. Feedback from staff and students was favourable. Conclusion: Although significant organisation was required the examination process worked well for both students and examiners. Despite limitations in relation to technical dental procedures, the VOSCE could be a viable alternative to face to face clinical examination.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bell, Professor Aileen and Binnie, Dr Vivian and Scott, Dr James and Donn, Mr James
Authors: Donn, J., Scott, J. A., Binnie, V., and Bell, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:European Journal of Dental Education
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1396-5883
ISSN (Online):1600-0579
Published Online:13 November 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 John Wiley and Sons A/S
First Published:First published in European Journal of Dental Education 25(3): 488-494
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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