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Online continuing dental education

Schleyer, TKL and Pham, T (1999) Online continuing dental education. Journal of the American Dental Association, 130 (6). 848 - 854. ISSN 0002-8177

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Background. An increasing number of continuing dental education, or CDE, courses are available on the Internet. The authors conducted this study to determine general characteristics of online CDE course offerings. Methods. The authors found online CDE courses through Internet search engines and dental indexes. They recorded each course's Web page address, title, topic, length, credit hours and cost. Then they classified course providers, categorized topics, compared course length with credit hours and calculated cost per credit hour. Results. The authors located 157 online CDE courses offered by 32 providers. The courses covered a wide range of topics, and most were five screens long or shorter. Credit hours per screen ranged from 0.05 to two, and cost per credit hour ranged from no charge to $25. Conclusions. Online CDE courses are hard to locate, making this material accessible only to people who are well-versed in retrieving information on the Internet. The brevity of most courses may make them appropriate for incremental study at the dental practitioner's convenience. Guidelines to correlate credit hours with course length should be developed. Practice Implications. Online CDE courses may become an important tool to help practitioners keep current. Several issues, however, need to be addressed before online CDE can reach its full potential.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Pham, T
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 1999
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 130
Number: 6
Page Range: 848 - 854
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.1999.0310
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Computer-Assisted Instruction; Education, Dental, Continuing--methods; Education, Distance; Humans; Internet
PubMed ID: 10377644
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 20:31
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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