The changes coming for e-learning

December 4th, 2014

The practice of dentistry changes as new technologies emerge. One of the biggest that has come about is e-learning. Dentists and oral hygiene professionals no longer need to receive huge amounts of paperwork in the mail in order to keep up with the latest information about dental care. The same is true for students. With dental academic software, they can simply use digital technology to begin self-study and stay informed about whatever most interests them about the dental profession.

E-learning is essentially the next phase in education, according to a recent story by Dentistry IQ. It is changing the way students engage with their material, and it is forcing them early on to ask serious questions about what dentistry and dental hygiene mean for this current generation.

A question asked by Michael Sparer, JD, PhD, Department Chair, Health Policy & Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, brings this new reality of dental education to the forefront.

"Should dental hygiene education have a new mission?" he asked at a recent symposium held by the American Dental Hygienists' Association. "What will the next generation of dental hygienists look like? What will our role be, what skills will be needed, and will a new curriculum need to be developed?"

The role of electronic learning aids
Ultimately whatever happens, e-learning and oral hygiene educational software will be at the forefront. By using technology like this, everyone in the U.S. has an equal opportunity to learn from the most up-to-date information available. These tools allow dental schools to keep constantly in touch with the latest changes in the profession. No one need worry any longer about whether a text book needs to be rewritten because the revisionary process is now constant. Those with dental academic software are privy to the latest and most informative research available to people who are studying.

How this affects academia
Digital learning is becoming so major that Campus Technology recently asked whether colleges need chief digital officers along with the other members of the C-suite. Forbes recently brought this to bear when it comes to businesses.

"If the idea of a CDO just seems like a fad or irrelevant, it is likely that the impact of the current digital transformation that is changing almost every industry is perhaps lost on your company," the author, Dan Woods, wrote. "Or you could be in the rare company or industry, and there are some out there, that really will not be digitized in the foreseeable future."

This may be a bit extreme. Whether your company chooses to hire a CDO or not, it will definitely need to bring dental academic software to its students.

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