2 ways dental hygiene school software improves the classroom experience

September 17th, 2014

Using an advanced dental hygiene school software program to manage academic programs, educators in the oral health industry can reduce the number of communication barriers that exist between students and faculty members.

No university can effectively monitor degree progress without regularly keeping in touch with the students, professors and staff members involved in the process. With such rapid developments in technology in recent years, academic institutions have a significant opportunity to improve communication and successfully manage the large interest in dental hygiene programs throughout the U.S. However, many schools continue to use outdated systems that inhibit the ability to integrate online and mobile tools into the more traditional classroom experience. Relying on commercial dental practice software to facilitate both academic and clinical operations has its limitations. Oral hygiene institutions need customized management solutions that create a more dynamic educational environment. Here are two ways dental school educators can use technology to enhance the management process:

Online communities
Researchers at Idaho State University recently published a study in the Journal of Dental Hygiene that explored the benefits of offering online learning communities for students in addition to the in-person support of the classroom and office hours. Citing a case study with 17 participants in a graduate-level dental hygiene program, the report revealed that the existence of an online resource students could use to discuss coursework and obtain feedback contributed directly to their feelings of support from the university. Software for dental hygiene schools can make it easier for professors to seamlessly integrate technology in a classroom setting.

Improved evaluation tools
These tools also help faculty members include unique degree requirements into the curriculum so they can be evaluated and tracked as necessary. Dental hygiene schools often have their students obtain experience in a real-world clinical setting. The Daily Reflector, a newspaper based in North Carolina, reported that fourth-year students at East Carolina University's School of Dental Medicine typically participate in an applied learning program to provide oral health care to patients in rural communities and other areas that have limited access to these services. Smart management software increases the visibility both students and faculty members have in tracking the completion of these degree requirements.

Universities that keep up with rapid advancements in technology will be better equipped to handle new challenges in the future. As a result, they will also be able to use these tools to attract students interested in a more dynamic and engaging educational experience.

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