Title

VoiceThread promotes student centered learning by improving student discussion

Lead Author Affiliation

Dental Surgery Program

Second Author Affiliation

Dental Surgery Program

Third Author Affiliation

Dental Practice

Fourth Author Affiliation

Biomedical Sciences

Fifth Author Affiliation

Biomedical Sciences

Introduction/Context

To determine if VoiceThread can be used to effectively facilitate the discussion of new course content.

Methods

Dental school students presented in groups through VoiceThread to review physiology and explain new content on pathologies. Students also posted comments/questions on different slides of the presentations. 126 (88.73%) of the students reviewed their experience through online survey afterwards.

Results

VoiceThread allows more time for discussion than in-class format and students are participating beyond the requirement. Over twice as many as questions/comments were directed at pathophysiology (4.36 question/comment per slide) compared to physiology (2.17 question/comment per slide). Post-activity survey result indicates that 75% of students think that VoiceThread allows them to better participate in discussions than in-class format.

Significance/Conclusions

The finding suggests that VoiceThread can be used to facilitate student’s learning on new content. The increased discussion in pathophysiology also suggests that VoiceThread can facilitate higher level learning. Students like the ability to prepare thoroughly for discussions using VoiceThread

Comments

This work was presented at the 2017 American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition, March 18-21, 2017, Long Beach, CA and American Association for Dental Research SF Section Research Symposium, April 19, 2017, San Francisco, CA.

Location

University of the Pacific, Dugoni Dental School, San Francisco, CA

Format

Poster

Poster Session

Senior Research Presentations

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VoiceThread promotes student centered learning by improving student discussion

University of the Pacific, Dugoni Dental School, San Francisco, CA

To determine if VoiceThread can be used to effectively facilitate the discussion of new course content.