Learning technology is the major point of future growth for most colleges, according to a story by Sramana Mitra, a thought leader on LinkedIn. As costs rise, universities need to find ways to bring inexpensive and useful education to the people who need it most. This means finding ways to lower costs without cutting corners. Technology is one way that colleges can do this effectively.
"For me, the most exciting and positive movement at present is in the domain of technology impacting education," said Mitra. "And it is an impact that is coming from many different directions."
Dental software joining many other competitive digital tools
Dental academic software is one way that colleges can leverage technology to make a major impact on their bottom line. At the same time, the technology helps students learn better. Colleges are preparing for the upsurge in digital growth by hiring more IT people, according to Campus Technology, but equally important is the IT itself, and one of the biggest is educational software that comes through the cloud.
Students can use cloud-based technology to talk to each other and communicate with the professor. They can use the product as a kind of online dictionary to look up terms during a lesson or they can take quizzes and exams digitally using a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
This saves money by eliminating paper. Additionally, it can reduce the number of books students have to buy from the bookstore, which makes college more affordable and therefore more appealing. Such a strategy in theory benefits the college by having more people enroll because the students know their education will be thrifty and at the same time extremely thorough.
Students learn best through experience
Students need to come away from their dental academic programs with a thorough background in the theory of dentistry, along with practical skills from a dental clinic program where they learn how to clean teeth in a situation similar to their future job locations. Another thing they will need is the ability to self-study.
This idea of learning through doing is not recent. In fact, a recent letter to Education Week by J. Terry Gates, president and CEO of the Hoenny Center for Research and Development in Teaching, suggested that students begin their internship programs before college even starts. This way they can pick up everything they need to know and hit the ground running. Gates is talking about student teaching, but the same applies to dentistry. Dental students need to learn how to self-study before they even begin to practice dentistry as certified professionals. One way to make this happen is giving them the tools ahead of time through the use of dental academic software. Professors can assign difficult homework problems that will force students to look through their catalog of dental journals and articles about different practices regarding oral hygiene. In such an environment, students will become well acquainted with the differences of opinion that currently exist in the dentistry world, and they won't be overly swayed by one camp or another. They will have learned to think for themselves without blindly following persuasive talk.
Dental software for clinics
A final benefit of dental software is that it can be brought into the clinic on campus through the use of dental enterprise software. This tool is useful because it teaches students how to use EHR software without overwhelming them with complexity. By learning about how a clinic works and how to fill out insurance forms, students will be fully prepared for the day when they have to take on the mantel of a professional, certified dentist.