Course Mapping:

Aligning Goals for Student Learning Across the Curriculum

In early August, faculty members from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences came together to map out courses in the psychomotor and professionalism streams of the DMD curriculum. Led by instructional designers from the UF Center for Instructional Technology & Training and our college, this proactive group participated in a “backward design” process.

For each class the course director went through the following steps:

• STEP 1: Learning Goals - Identify 3-7 high-level course learning goals. What should students leave your class knowing?

• STEP 2: Learning Objectives – Break down learning goals into specific and measurable learning objectives connected to each goal.

• STEP 3: Instructional Units - Organize learning objectives into instructional units (modules or topics). How can I arrange topics in a way that will scaffold student learning?

• STEP 4: Assessment – Plan assessments for each instructional unit that align with the learning objectives in the unit. Ask “How will I know that my students have mastered this learning objective?” and designing the evaluation method such as a quiz, a class discussion, a lab activity.

• STEP 5: Materials – Planning what materials students will need for each instructional unit that align with the learning objectives. Asking “What will my students need to do to master this learning objective?” and planning for the materials such as lectures, activities and readings.

At the curricular level, faculty were able to have conversations about series and streams of courses. Faculty from the professionalism stream took the opportunity to look holistically at the series of courses. Team leaders worked on mapping out the sequencing of courses to tie back to professional values in collaboration with Gail Childs, director of curriculum. Operative faculty were able to take time to analyze the sequence of instructional topics throughout Operative 1 and Operative 2 in ways that can maximize student learning. Several contributors who support course development in dentistry were able to attend, including our librarian, Sarah Meyer, and Richelle Janiec, from Clinic Administration & Quality.

Overall the workshop succeeded in starting important conversations and providing opportunities for faculty to begin collaborating to strengthen alignment within and between courses.


Case-based Exam Questions: The Patient Box

Multiple-choice and essay items can be written in a way that engages students with higher order thinking skills at the application level. Faculty can achieve this higher level of critical thinking by developing questions that give students real world context, for example patient cases.

The INBDE exam will include a new patient box type of question that is based on patient cases. Students will be presented with relevant case details and then apply their knowledge to specific cases by selecting the most appropriate  response.

When appropriate, UFCD faculty are encouraged to include a patient box question in exams. This will help students practice this question type prior to the INDBE and has the added benefit of engaging students with critical thinking. Christina Haskins in the Office of Education has created a patient box template for use in ExamSoft. The Office of Education can assist faculty with developing this type of exam question.

For a full guide to writing these types of questions, please refer to the INBDE Item Development Guide National Board Dental Examinations.


Canvas Workshop

Join us for an overview of Canvas for student learning! Expert trainers from UF IT will lead us in an active learning session to show how to develop student-centered assignments, quizzes, rubrics, and materials in Canvas.

Canvas for UFCD Faculty & Staff

October 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 2149 (AHC)

RSVP: https://apps.dental.ufl.edu/intranet/ZF/EventRsvp/Registration/save/eventId/2300


Updates in the Curriculum

With great appreciation to the students and faculty that participate in course debriefing sessions and to course directors and the Curriculum Committee that approve curricular changes, here is a summary of recent curricular changes:

Year 1

DEN5120C: Physiology – the neuroscience section of this course was moved to semester 2.

DEN5100C: Gross Anatomy - the course will be extended through the fall semester.

DEN5404C: Dental Anatomy and Stomatognathics - nine additional lab sessions have been added.

Year 2

DEN6001: Introduction to Evidence-based Dental Practice - now includes high quality recorded lectures with transcripts.

DEN6705L: Public Health Rotation–there are increased community settings across the 2DN year.

Year 3

DEN8263: Advanced Oral Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology- now in spring of the 3DN year and includes an IPE complex case with dental and pharmacy students.


MyMediasite Updates

MyMediasite recently updated their user interface. The functionality it has remained the same. Only the layout and style has changed. College of Dentistry faculty and staff have access to MyMediasite by going to the following URL: https://video.dental.ufl.edu/mediasite/mymediasite. To log in, enter your Gatorlink username and password. 

The instructional support webpage and instructional video have been updated on how to run analytics reports in MyMediasite. Analytics help track viewer statistics of lecture recordings. A link is on the bottom of the college's home page, under the subheading For Faculty & Staff > Instructional Support > IS Resources for Faculty > Mediasite > Are students viewing your course videos? To schedule a brief tutorial, contact instructional support at 273-6589 or bmertz@dental.ufl.edu.

MyMediasite Desktop Recorder

For users that want to create videos for courses, Mediasite offers the Desktop Recorder. This application is a useful tool for creating procedural videos or additional content not covered in classroom lecture recordings. For more information, contact instructional support at 273-6589 or bmertz@dental.ufl.edu to schedule a meeting.


Ask the Librarian - Sarah Meyer
Canvas: Librarian Role and Library Research

There are two new options in Canvas: "librarian role" and "library research." These allow integration of librarians and library resources to be embedded into a course. The librarian role allows librarians to collaborate with faculty to support student research and learning.  The library research function allows librarians to embed Library Guides (LibGuides) into Canvas course pages. Embedded LibGuides can be subject guides or course-specific guides. Here is an example of a course-specific guide for DEN 6001: Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry  https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/ebdental.

Want to include the librarian role and/or library research into your Canvas course?

Please contact Sarah Meyer, College of Dentistry liaison librarian, at 352-273-5559 or Meyer.sarah@ufl.edu for a customized course LibGuide or to include the librarian role in Canvas.


Employee Updates:
Assistant Director for Academic Support Services

Stephanie Ross is excited to join the UFCD Office of Education. She is the new assistant director for Academic Support Services and can be reached at 352-273-5950, sross2@dental.ufl.edu.

She has a bachelor's and a master's in education. In the past she taught school and worked at West Virginia University, Syracuse University and Purdue University. Stephanie has lived in nine different states and in her spare time she enjoys running half marathons, reading and sitting at the beach. 


Long Live the Queen!

September 12, 2018, all royal dental subjects gathered to pay homage to Her Royal Highness Censeri Abare and her legacy at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry. Faculty, staff and students came to wish her well in retirement, reminisce and eat cupcakes in regal style. 


Did you Know...?

Where were you at 6:30 this morning?

Dental students Morgan, Sarah and Carlos were here cleaning your lab for you (and they actually look happy!). Please take a moment to thank them for all their hard work.