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Using Digital Education and Assessment During and After a Pandemic


Social distancing requirements instituted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic made delivery of preclinical laboratory education challenging. This was especially true for the dental schools with large class size and limited preclinical spaces. During the pandemic, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine used enhanced-temporary distance learning (E-TDL) along with digital assessment (DA) in the predoctoral pediatric dentistry preclinical course. The E-TDL and DA was used to provide synchronous digital feedback and asynchronous assessment of competencies using portfolios.

This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the E-TDL and DA model along with live demonstrations of software tools used to facilitate the process. Additionally, we will provide evidence-based data to support the efficacy of E-TDL and DA in pediatric dentistry. The E-TDL and DA provides a paradigm shift in student assessment, which will be beneficial even in the post-pandemic period. The wider application of DA in dentistry will benefit preclinical education and pedagogical research in the future.

Note: This webinar is a follow up to the article, “Digital preclinical education and assessment in pediatric dentistry during COVID pandemic” from ADEA’s Journal of Dental Education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss digital assessment model for preclinical exercises using student portfolios.
  • Provide an overview of synchronous feedback using digital assessment.
  • Identify and discuss wider application of digital assessment in dentistry.
CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by September 9, 2024. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Chaitanya P. Puranik, B.D.S., M.S., M.Dent.Sci., Ph. D.

    Dr. Puranik is a Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He received his dental degree from India. He completed his Master of Science degree in Dental Biomaterials from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Later, he earned his doctoral degree in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Operative Dentistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Dr. Puranik completed his Pediatric Dentistry training and Craniofacial Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. He has served on various leadership positions at state, national and international levels and has published evidence-based articles in reputed peer-review journals.

  • James DeLapp D.D.S., M.S

    Dr. DeLapp completed his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 1982. He was in full time practice for 30 years and 10 years as a part-time faculty. In 2012 he received a full-time appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. While at Colorado he has been a received the Presidents’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018 and 2021. Dr DeLapp has presented several presentations at ADEA’s National meeting and has co-authored two articles in the Journal of Dental Education.

September 9, 2021
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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