Education Technology Blog Archive

How to Make Lectures More Effective: Part Two

edtech_lecturesOrganizing and Delivering Effective Lectures to Improve Student Engagement and Learning

Recently the faculty book club discussed Teaching Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, which covered over 30 years of research he did with his partner, Amos Tversky. more »

How to Make Lectures More Effective: Part One

edtech_lecturesPlanning Lectures and Lecture Notes

Having large didactic lectures, a big question faculty have is how do they make their lectures more effective? Over the years, the literature has shown us that having students be passive recipients of information is not the best way for deeper learning experiences, it is only one way of teaching. more »

Training and Development: Two Sessions Coming Up!

ExamSoft Training_300Join us this August and September for two new educational technology trainings! The first will introduce the new ExamSoft student interface, and we will also review some of the most important tools. The second training will show you how to move from instructor-led synchronous learning to team-based learning using Learning Catalytics.
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Communication Skills Workshop: Active Learning in a Large Classroom

by Ellen Patterson and Jennipher Murphy

lightbulbBackground: At Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), faculty members continue to create new ways to help students develop communication skills critical to the 21st century workplace. Recently, Ellen Patterson, the course director for IDP I, piloted a communication skills workshop for the first year students which was strategically designed with active learning strategies to replace a traditional large lecture format. The goals of the workshop were to introduce the students to team-based learning (TBL) and to integrate development of communication skills. more »

Assessing the CODA Standards in Medicine III

With the 21st Century workplace transformation, through technologies, collaboration, and globalization, institutions are faced with the challenge of preparing students for an interactive environment. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) released standards for dental education institutions based on these new workplace skills: communication, teamwork, critical thinking, self-assessment and ethics and professionalism.

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Bates Day: BYOD Peer Engagement

Bates Day is a tradition at TUSDM, held every March celebrating research, is an opportunity for students to share their projects and accomplishments with the Tufts Community. This year, TUSDM is adding an additional opportunity for visitors to engage with students and their research projects by adding “BYOD Peer Engagement” to the program. more »

Training and Development: 2 Sessions Coming Up!


The Down and Dirty on Creating Great Test Questions and 

Team-Based Learning (TBL): Strategies Using Learning Catalytics

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Recently, Tufts University launched a new benefit for faculty! We now have access to, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills through high-quality instructional videos. The Online Training Library provides access to thousands of hours of just-in-time training for Tufts users, all free of charge, 24-hours a day. Another great feature is that a lot of the “courses” are set up in manageable chunks (2-5 min segments) for quick and easy access.

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Engaging Students in the New Wellness Curriculum

By Dr. Christina Pastan and Jennipher Murphy

Faculty members at TUSDM continue to engage students in new ways using an online assessment tool, giving both faculty and students immediate feedback. This shift centers on an active learning and constructivist approach where learning and teaching perspectives represent a shift from viewing learners as responding to external stimuli to seeing learners as “active in constructing their own knowledge” and an understanding that “social interactions are important in knowledge construction”. This shift engages the learner by connecting them to the new content and helps them build an understanding of facts, ideas and skills that are involved in the learning process.

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ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation (CCI) Report

edtech_paperBy Dr. Wai Cheung and Jennipher Murphy

The conference focused on assessing the new CODA standards in dental education. The CCI planning staff demonstrated active learning by “flipping” our conference and had attendees complete a homework assignment before arriving to the meeting. It was important to lay the foundation for understanding the various levels of memory and strategies for learning. The two main areas of focus for memory and learning were Blooms Taxonomy, an important framework for teachers to use to focus on higher order thinking, and Miller’s Pyramid of Professional Competence, knows, knows how, shows how and does.

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Students and Faculty Face-off in Mock Fluoride Debate

By Emma Johnson

As part of the Oral Health Promotion course on March 19, two groups presented mock debates on water fluoridation. The debate mimicked a typical community public meeting (complete with audience members shouting support or vitriol at the presenters), and presented arguments for and against community water fluoridation.

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Catalyze Interactive Teaching Using Learning Catalytics


When: Tuesday, May 19th
Time: 11:00a.m.- 2:00p.m.
Where: Sackler Room 114, Boston, MA
Lunch will be provided

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Faculty Engaging Students in New Ways

Research suggests when students are sitting in a traditional lecture their attention span is focused for only 15 minutes (Prince, 2004) and then they can become bored.  “Students can read and learn information on their own, but they need instructors to act as coaches and mentors to stimulate and challenge their thinking, guide them in solving problems and encourage their learning and application of the material”. (McLaughlin. 2014) TUSDM faculty members are using a new online assessment tool to integrate active learning strategies into their large lecture classes to increase engagement and improve learning outcomes. Following is a brief description of one such strategy:

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Pilot Course Update

TUSDM introduced a new course for fall 2014 called the Basic Science/Clinical Science Spiral Seminar Series (BaSiCSsss) which is one initiative that is representative of the new 2020 Tufts Oral Health Curriculum.

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28th Annual University Wide Conference on Teaching & Learning

Is It on the Test? : Transforming Teaching, Transforming Learners

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The Learning Brain

As an Education Technology expert, I spend an enormous amount of time focusing on emerging technologies and discovering how they can benefit teaching in the Dental classroom but there are times when the best strategies for enhancing learning experiences may have nothing to do with technology. I recently attended a seminar: The Learning Brain: Implications for Teaching hosted by Edward C. Bowen and re-discovered ideas about enhancing long-term learning and the way our brains retain memory by linking Cognitive Science to education. The main take-away for me was the “interleaving” teaching strategy which uses tools of Cognitive Psychology to encourage students to think, remember and problem solve.

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An Interdisciplinary, Team-Based Design for an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Course for Postdoctoral Dental Students

Congratulations to two TUSDM faculty members, Dr. Aruna Ramesh D.M.D., M.S. and Dr. Rumpa Ganguly D.M.D., M.S. and CELT representative, Donna M. Qualters, Ph.D., on being published in the latest edition of The Journal of Dental Education.

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Streamline, Improve and Get More Out of Your Course Management System

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ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation (CCI) Report

By Dr. Wai Cheung, Dr. Harish Gulati and Jennipher Murphy

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Are You Curious About Available Technology? TUSDM Technology Tools Analysis

Technology ToolsTufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is currently in the process of transitioning to a new curriculum referred to as the 2020 Tufts Oral Health Curriculum.

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TUSDM Faculty Members Hosting Workshops at TWT Symposium

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the Teaching with Technology Symposium coming May 21 & 22 on the Medford campus.

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Update: Dr. Michael Kahn’s online assessment pilot

Dr. Kahn shares his first semester experience on piloting the online assessment tool, Learning Catalytics, in the Oral Pathology course. A final report will be available for review at the end of spring semester to include student feedback. Learning Catalytics is only one tool available to TUSDM faculty that can be used for more »

Interactive Strategy Increases Participation

TUSKInteractive strategies can help faculty facilitate student attendance, participation and inquiry!

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Flipping the Classroom at TUSDM

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Discover how easy it is to engage your students and improve learning!

Join Jennipher Murphy and Mark Bailey on:

January 24, 2014 in 1533 (Executive Boardroom) from 12:00-1:00p.m.

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New Technology Tool Available to Year Two Faculty

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Dr. Michael Kahn is piloting Learning Catalytics in the year two Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology course this fall. The enrollment fee has already been paid which means that other year two faculty are welcome to try the tool anytime during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Improve your ExamSoft skills by taking a webinar!

The next webinar, Analyzing Assessments,is scheduled for
September 19, 2013 – 2pm ET.

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