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Academic perceptions amongst educators towards eLearning tools in dental education
International Dental Journal
  • Boris Handal, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Catherine Groenlund
  • Tania Gerzina
Year of Publication
2011
Abstract
This paper reports an explorative study about academic educators’ perceptions towards learning management systems (LMS) and eLearning tools as used in dental education. Fifty-five educators participated in an online survey which explored their views on eLearning tools within the context of their own professional training background and teaching needs. In general, educators felt that the eLearning LMS (also known as WebCT/Blackboard) was a tool that suited their teaching and learning needs in terms of flexibility, interactivity and accessibility despite a significant level of self-reported lack of competence in the technology. The paper describes current eLearning professional development initiatives in light of these findings.
Keywords
  • Peer-reviewed,
  • Learning management systems,
  • dental education,
  • eLearning,
  • professional educator development
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Citation Information
Boris Handal, Catherine Groenlund and Tania Gerzina. "Academic perceptions amongst educators towards eLearning tools in dental education" International Dental Journal Vol. 61 Iss. 2 (2011) ISSN: 0020-6539
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/boris-handal/21/