Using Graded Blog-facilitated Discussions to Enhance Student-directed Learning

Using Graded Blog-facilitated Discussions to Enhance Student-directed Learning

In the Accreditation Standards For Dental Education Programs, the Commission on Dental Accreditation requires self-directed learning as part of the curricular instruction. “Educational programs must depart from teacher-centered and discipline-focused pedagogy to enable and support the students’ evolution as independent learners actively engaged in their curricula….” 

Since the early 2000s, microblog/blog technologies have been used within the classroom to increase the scale and integration of problem-based learning (PBL) and case-based learning (CBL). In 2008, Todd Watkins, D.D.S., created a technology for grading participation in these discussions at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine—thus, increasing the use of the technique. This session will discuss the 10-year evolution of the microblogging discussion processes, integration with cases, grading of student participation and different student behaviors seen from the analytics.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review the basics of CBL and PBL and how microblog presentations to facilitated small groups may assist with these teaching techniques.
  2. Discuss the philosophy and processes for screening and grading microblog threads and posts.
  3. Explore the meaning of the analytics that are synthesized from the microblog grading process.
  4. Discuss what it means to be a PBL “Instigator,” “Filler,” “Cheerleader” and “Lurker,” and how to use these characterizations to enhance participation in student-directed learning

Original Release Date: June 28, 2022

Expiration Date: June 28, 2025

Questions? Contact learn@adea.org

CE Information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by June 28, 2025. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

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Dr. Watkins is the designated “inventor” of the intellectual property contained in the referenced patent and the grading system. The rights were assigned from the inventor to the Chancellor of East Carolina University as is required under the terms of employment. A license for the rights to this intellectual property have been licensed to a commercial entity. As of this presentation no financial consideration has been generated from the commercialization of the technology. The inventor and university reserve the right to future financial consideration.

Todd Watkins, D.D.S.

Assistant Dean for Dental Education and Informatics

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Watkins is the designated “inventor” of the intellectual property contained in the referenced patent and the grading system. The rights were assigned from the inventor to the Chancellor of East Carolina University as is required under the terms of employment. A license for the rights to this intellectual property have been licensed to a commercial entity. As of this presentation no financial consideration has been generated from the commercialization of the technology. The inventor and university reserve the right to future financial consideration.

Maggie Pafford, D.M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Speaker agrees that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

Mark Clinkscales, M.A.

Discussion Platforms Specialist

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Speaker agrees that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

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Using Graded Blog-facilitated Discussions to Enhance Student-directed Learning
06/28/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/28/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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