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Evaluation of web-based dental CE courses.

Spallek, H and Pilcher, E and Lee, JY and Schleyer, T (2002) Evaluation of web-based dental CE courses. Journal of dental education, 66 (3). 393 - 404. ISSN 0022-0337

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Various organizations offer online continuing dental education (CDE) courses. While previous investigations focused on objective measures to determine the quality of the courses, this exploratory study evaluates the participants' experience with them. We surveyed 436 past course participants from nine online CDE courses (courses provided by six organizations) regarding their experience with the courses taken. Our analysis of the 169 responses (38.8 percent response rate) focuses on how the participants of online CDE courses can be characterized; whether the participants' expectations were met by the courses; how the participants evaluated the content of the courses; why they enrolled; and the participants' experience of the online environment. The results suggest that online CDE courses partially meet the needs and expectations of dental professionals. The lack of communication with peers and instructors as well as the fact that courses appeared outdated were main reasons for dissatisfaction. Most of the participants accomplished their goals of gaining new knowledge and deepening their understanding of the subject. Based on this evaluation, future courses can be tailored to meet more closely the expectations and needs of dental professionals.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Pilcher, E
Lee, JY
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2002
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of dental education
Volume: 66
Number: 3
Page Range: 393 - 404
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0337
MeSH Headings: Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Attitude of Health Personnel; Communication; Computer Literacy; Consumer Satisfaction; Education, Dental, Continuing; Education, Distance; Educational Technology; Faculty, Dental; Female; Goals; Humans; Internet; Interprofessional Relations; Learning; Male; Middle Aged; Online Systems; Program Evaluation; Time Factors
PubMed ID: 11936230
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 14:26
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 21:55


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