Anthony Palatta, D.D.S., Ed.D., ADEA Chief Learning Officer
In June, ADEA CCI Liaisons gathered in New Orleans to celebrate 10 years of working on behalf of change and innovation in dental education and to explore the process of thinking innovatively.
In keeping with ADEA CCI’s mission, the 2016 ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Meeting itself took on a new dimension this year: ADEA’s first Learning How to Assess Innovation poster competition. The contest grew out of the Liaisons’ expressed desire to stay
engaged with change projects throughout the year, and 32 schools took up the challenge. Their posters outlined ongoing or aspirational projects, and all the Liaisons who attended the meeting took part in judging their colleagues’ presentations.
Since change agents also need to be able to think on their feet and to persuade others that their ideas have merit, the competition had three rounds, which were every bit as entertaining as they were instructive. One Liaison sang a cowboy ballad, another presenter the theme music from “Jaws” to heighten the drama of his school’s
initiative, and a third team enacted a candid exchange between “Old Curriculum” and “New Curriculum” that shed light on the strengths and limitations of their educational program. All three teams persuaded a panel of mock deans that they should advance to the final round, during which they were asked to do some “out-of-the-box”
In this issue of the Ledger, we’ll acquaint you with the substance of the winning projects:
- In our
third prize Spotlight, you’ll learn about how your colleagues at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry are modifying their predoctoral program in response to a change in state practice laws.
- In our
second prize Spotlight, you’ll hear about a bold step being taken at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry to address access issues in the state’s rural southeast corner.
- And in our
first prize Spotlight, you’ll discover how your colleagues at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry are using PeerWise software and a new assessment tool—Progress Survey—to engage students in learning.
In our Resources section (below), you’ll also find a
link to all 32 posters. To get a flavor of the meeting, check out this
article in the Bulletin of Dental Education.
Those of us who met in New Orleans found our colleagues’ ideas both imaginative and inspiring. I hope you will, too.
P.S. Are you engaged in related work on your campus? Are you tackling similar problems in a different way? Please use the comment fields to alert other ADEA Members to your activities.
2016 ADEA Fall Meetings
Revitalizing Curriculum & Calibrating Faculty
October 5–November 9, 2016
Five, live online evening sessions
Learning Event, Online
October 27–29, 2016
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2016 ADEA Deans’ Conference
November 12–15, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Posters Presented During the 2016 ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Meeting
Open Courseware Resources
Presentations From ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Meetings (2010–15)
ADEA CCI White Papers in the Journal of Dental Education
Educational Sessions From Past ADEA Annual Sessions (2010–15)