By Nicole Fauteux
A standing room only crowd turned out for this year’s “Short Talks,” presented at the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. Short Talks provided a unique opportunity for attendees to hear 18 daring presenters explain their projects with five slides in five minutes or less. Few made it to the end of their talks before a recorded bugle call cut them off. Nevertheless, they managed to keep the audience engaged with just enough information about projects as diverse as computer grading in dental morphology and using simulation to develop chairside communication skills. In short, there was never a dull moment.
Unlike in previous years, some talks focused more on teaching and learning than on emerging technologies. The session was co-sponsored by the ADEA Dental Informatics Section; the Educational Research, Development, and Curriculum Section; the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (SIG); and the Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technology SIG. Facilitators Elise Eisenberg, D.D.S., M.A.; John Killip, D.D.S.; and Muhammad Walji, Ph.D., kept the presentations and the presenters moving. Slides for all 18 talks are available on the ADEA website.