A rapid transition to blended learning: the journey of a dental degree programme pivoting online

McKerlie, R. A. , Malcolm, J. , Varsou, O. , Kennedy, C. E. , Colgan, L., Harper, V., McAllan, W., Forgie, A., Rea, P. and Bell, A. (2021) A rapid transition to blended learning: the journey of a dental degree programme pivoting online. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 169-180. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.475)

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Abstract

The University of Glasgow Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree programme is a practical clinical professionally regulated discipline. Given the mode of transmission of SARS Cov-2 the dental profession and associated programmes of study have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating a rapid pivot to online and blended learning. This case study shows how the work of early adopters of technology enhanced learning and teaching (TELT) at the dental school, and a timely staff-student partnership helped to lay the foundations for this pivot in response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. A large amount of teaching required modification and adaptation to support remote delivery and, through collaboration, innovation and supported creativity, we were able to produce some very effective models for learning and teaching. To illustrate this, two specific examples have been presented: a novel approach to support the delivery of essential local anaesthesia training for second year dental students using collaborative wikis and online learning; and the use Microsoft Teams to support student integration and a sense of community among our first year dental students through active, small group collaborative learning. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have provided the opportunity to align the teaching of practical skills with technology and instil a positive shift in institutional practices. The effectiveness of this shift within the BDS degree programme and the impact on the development of our students will remain the focus of the school’s TELT partnership.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bell, Professor Aileen and McKerlie, Mr Robert and McAllan, Mrs Wendy and Kennedy, Mr Christopher and Malcolm, Dr Jennifer and Colgan, Ms Laura and Forgie, Dr Andrew and Rea, Professor Paul and Varsou, Dr Ourania and Harper, Dr Victoria
Authors: McKerlie, R. A., Malcolm, J., Varsou, O., Kennedy, C. E., Colgan, L., Harper, V., McAllan, W., Forgie, A., Rea, P., and Bell, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Publisher:Edinburgh Napier University
ISSN:2051-9788
ISSN (Online):2051-9788
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
First Published:First published in Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 9(2): 169-180
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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