Dental Education Delivered Via Video Conferencing
Video conferencing is a great asset to education. It gives students access to lectures and experiences they would otherwise miss out on. For the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Dental Students and faculty, video conferencing is enabling an enhanced educational experience.
Participants can watch live oral surgeries remotely with the Mitchells Plain Clinic and Tygerberg Hospital as the inaugural UWC’s dentistry campuses to try this method. Commuters will see the benefits, no longer having to physically be in class to learn. For reference sake, the school will record the lectures and procedures so students can revisit the arsenal at a later date. Commuters will see the benefits as they will no longer have to move back and forth, as the school’s dean points out.
“Our students move between the two centers. The idea was to set up a facility so that they didn’t have to travel up and down, the costs and also their safety. The video conferencing facility will enable students to get a video lecture at any site,” shared faculty dean, Yusuf Osman.
Other dental colleges are utilizing the remote education system to make learning more accessible. The University of Southern California offers several online distance learning master an certificate dental programs. The goal, according to USC, is to allow “practicing professionals” the necessary education and tools needed to further careers without having to lose work.
Indiana University School of Dentistry has also jumped on the distance learning bandwagon to help students living in rural areas achieve an education. It was also designed for those with families and jobs so they learn more and juggle less.
Edited by Maurice Nagle