Document Type


Conference Title

2021 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Conference Dates

March 12-16, 2021

Date of Presentation



COVID-19 has necessitated creative adaptions to educational environments. At the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the school’s annual Spring research, clinical and community health showcase quickly morphed from the traditional face-to-face format to an online, virtually graded awards showcase with an online gallery website promoting sharing of the school community’s scholarship. This study’s goals were to explore how a dental academic community engaged with and learned from a pilot online showcase, and the professional value of showcase participation for students, research faculty and teaching clinicians. A convenience sample of 168 student and faculty showcase participants were invited to complete a post-showcase Likert survey designed to measure experiential perceptions. Study 1 (n=12) measured students’ perceived event accessibility, personal learning gains and professional engagement. Study 2 (n=23) measured scholar or clinician faculty evaluators’ perceived event accessibility, teaching and scholarship benefit, and professional engagement. Most surveyed students (83%) either strongly agreed or agreed that they used critical thinking skills in developing an online showcase submission, where most faculty (72%) strongly agreed or agreed that they gained useful knowledge or skills through the practice of evaluating students’ or peer colleagues’ research and case work online. A majority of students (83%) responded that showcase participation very much or somewhat benefited their dental knowledge, and an equal majority of faculty perceived such benefits to their teaching and scholarship (83%). Survey findings on showcase participation benefits to clinical care showed the majority of respondent students (66%) found it very beneficial to their clinical care, while the majority of respondent faculty (47%) found it somewhat beneficial (48%). Conducting an educational showcase in an online format provides overall benefits to faculty and student development of dental knowledge, critical thinking domains, with more variable benefits to informing clinical care.