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Assessing outcomes of an academic computing initiative.

Schleyer, T (1998) Assessing outcomes of an academic computing initiative. Journal of dental education, 62 (6). 432 - 440. ISSN 0022-0337

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Academic computing initiatives rank high on the list of priorities of many dental schools. However, outcomes of academic computing initiatives have not been presented. The objectives of this program evaluation were to: 1) document a strategic initiative for academic computing over a five-year period; 2) assess outcomes; and 3) demonstrate how outcomes assessment changed strategic goals for the future. In 1992, Temple University School of Dentistry developed an academic computing plan. The plan proposed to develop the computer literacy of faculty, teach students the computer skills they need to be successful in their careers, and introduce computer-aided instruction as a new teaching tool. Before a new five-year plan was developed in 1997, the original plan's outcomes were summarily assessed. Assessment instruments included faculty and student surveys, budgets, inventory records, and utilization statistics. The school has reached two of three goals of the 1992 plan. Eighty percent of all full-time faculty have computers, are computer literate, and use computers for a variety of purposes. The school has implemented a comprehensive predoctoral dental informatics curriculum. However, the implementation of computer-aided instruction has not met expectations. Goals of the 1998-2003 plan include establishing an online learning infrastructure, improving student access, implementing computer-based oral health records, and further improving the computer literacy of faculty and students. Planning and supporting academic computing initiatives is a substantial challenge. Factors such as institutional culture, capital investment, ongoing support, and technological change influence plans and their success. While process and structure can be assessed relatively easily, measures for changed educational outcomes are still lacking.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 1998
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of dental education
Volume: 62
Number: 6
Page Range: 432 - 440
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0337
MeSH Headings: Budgets; Capital Financing; Computer Literacy; Computer-Assisted Instruction--utilization; Curriculum; Dental Records; Education, Dental--organization & administration; Faculty, Dental; Financial Support; Humans; Investments; Medical Informatics--education; Medical Records Systems, Computerized; Online Systems; Organizational Culture; Organizational Objectives; Philadelphia; Program Evaluation; Schools, Dental--organization & administration; Students, Dental; Teaching
PubMed ID: 9698700
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 20:28
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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