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Technology Works for Florida State College Jacksonville Dental Hygiene Program

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FSCJ LogoTechnology now has a larger role within educational programs, and allied dental programs are finding innovative ways to add it to their pedagogical repertoire. In 2006, Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) Dental Hygiene program distributed 25 iPods to faculty with the challenge to go forth and innovate. The faculty created lecture podcasts and instructional videos, receiving enthusiastic response from students.   

The following year, FSCJ began two Workforce Podcasting Projects led by Dental Program Manager Jeffrey R. Smith, D.M.D. Twenty faculty members received videography equipment and training on producing instructional videos. The faculty members produced 300 videos, highlighting subjects such as medical laboratory technology, fire safety and interior design. 

The Dental Hygiene program has also found creative ways to keep up with the evolution of technology. Last year, Dr. Smith employed a “flipped classroom” that included collaborative learning during scheduled class time using an iBook lab manual on school-issued iPads. The manual contained websites, YouTube videos, short quizzes and diagrams. FSCJ Students using iPadsThe iPad’s camera allowed students to capture images of facial structures or skull models for labeling exercises. Work later began on an interactive eClinic manual with interactive features, such as self-produced video content and case-based clinical simulations, to enhance student understanding and reinforce faculty expectations for competency examinations. 

The iPad is transforming the way students in FSCJ’s Dental Hygiene program learn and as the future of this technology evolves, the program will adapt each innovation to enhance student engagement and learning.

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