This edition of the Wisdom Tooth is dedicated to

Dr. Venita Sposetti 

Venita "Nini" J. Sposetti, D.M.D., is an associate professor and our associate dean for education at the UF College of Dentistry. She earned her bachelor's from Florida State University before coming to Gainesville for dental school - and she never left our lovely town! Sposetti graduated with our DMD Class of 1979 and continued her education here, earning her certificate in General Practice Residency.

In 1980, she became a member of our faculty and has played a role in teaching every single dental student who has passed through our doors since. Her clinical activities have been concentrated in prosthodontics where she has taught didactic and clinical courses to students in all four years of the curriculum. Her research has focused on removable prosthodontics, and tobacco and substance abuse issues. She served as the assistant dean for admissions & financialaAid from 2001–2011 and has been the associate dean for education since April 2011.

We wish her great adventures ahead after 39 years of service at UFCD!


Teaching Technologies:

VH Dissector

DMD Class of 2023 students are using a Virtual Human Dissector in their gross anatomy course. Built on real anatomy from the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project®, the Touch of Life Technologies VH Dissector platform provides an integrated environment for anatomical education and reference. With the ability to interact with correlated 3D and cross-sectional views of over 2,000 anatomical structures through identification, dissection, assembly and rotation the VH Dissector helps students understand the complex three-dimensional structure of the human body. Combining a complete electronic dissector with integrated 3D and cross-sectional atlases, the VH Dissector platform provides a comprehensive resource for gross anatomy education.

The student license covers the entire four-year curriculum. Course directors that want to use this anatomical software in their teaching can view this video tutorial VH Dissector v.6 Pro (beta) and contact the Office of Education for additional information.


Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere transforms one-sided presentations into two-way conversations with the audience. This web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones.

Office of Education staff members can assist fall semester course directors who want to use this tool in their teaching this semester. Please contact Gail Childs to set up your institutional account, gchilds@dental.ufl.edu


ECO or Canvas?

At UFCD we use a variety of software programs to support student learning, assess student mastery of skills, and track progress for accreditation. The Office of Education helps course directors select the technology applications to support their courses. Our office also manages the overall integration of courses across the curriculum.

When Do I Use ECO? ECO holds the services needed across all courses in the DMD curriculum. This includes the course schedule for all cohorts, grades at the cohort level that need to be monitored (by SPEC, advisors, and for class ranks), and syllabi that need to be tracked for CODA accreditation and to ensure that the overall curriculum integrates across courses. ECO should always be used for syllabi, schedules and final grades.

When Do I Use Canvas? Canvas holds course-specific assignments and quizzes. Canvas is also very useful for structuring asynchronous class times and video lectures. You should use Canvas for online class components and any student submissions.

How do I choose which system to use for other functions? Both ECO and Canvas have functionality that overlaps, including the ability to send course announcements, post documents and links, and post Mediasite videos. For these functions, faculty can select which system they would prefer to use for their course. We recommend that faculty consistently select one system for each function to reduce the number of places students check for course content. If you need help deciding, the Instruction & Curriculum Support Team (Gail Childs, Margeaux Johnson, Ben Mertz and Christina Ryan) are happy to help select the best software to support your courses.


Canvas Tips: Personalizing Your Dashboard

Did you know that you that you can control the layout of your Canvas dashboard? Personalizing the display, colors and order of the courses on your dashboard is a great way to organize your site for quicker access to the courses you need. Faculty, students, and administrators can follow these easy to use tips to better organize your dashboard.

• Only display the courses you need regularly.

• Color code courses to find them quickly on your dashboard.

• Move the order of your courses to display the ones you use most.

Display Your Current Courses

To display or remove specific courses from your dashboard, you can click on “Courses” in the blue vertical menu bar on the left side of the screen. Next, choose the option for “All Courses.” This will bring up a list of all the classes you participated in previously or are currently a participant in. To choose what displays on your dashboard, click the stars to the left of the course names. A solid orange star means this course will display on your dashboard. A star outline means the course has been removed from your dashboard.

Pro tip for students: Display the classes you are taking this semester. Un-star all other classes.
Pro tip for faculty: Display the courses that you are actively teaching this semester and the courses you are planning for next semester. Un-star all other classes.

Color Code Your Dashboard

To find courses quickly you can select the color that each course card displays. This will personalize the colors on your dashboard view. Do this by clicking the three dots on the top right of each card. Then select the color you prefer. You can even customize your colors by selecting an HTML hexadecimal code.

Pro tip for students: Choose different colors for all your classes so you can quickly find the one you are looking to open.
Pro tip for faculty: Color code each semester to find courses across semesters. (I use orange for fall, light green for spring, yellow for summer, and gray for workshops.)

Arrange Course Order

You can also change the order in which courses are listed on your dashboard. There are two ways you can rearrange courses. The easiest is to just click a card and drag it to the spot you would like it to display on your screen. Or you can click on the three dots on the top left of any course card and select the “Move” tab. This allows you to select left, right, up, or down to reposition the order.

Pro tip for students: Need a class every day? Put it at the top of your list.

Pro tip for faculty: Order the course you are the course director first. After that place courses in numerical order by course number.


Ask the Librarian: Sarah Meyer

What you need to know about ORCID

Starting in 2020 the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will require all individuals who are supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers (ORCID iDs).

The following information can assist in learning about ORCID IDs and how to obtain one.

What is an ORCID iD?

ORCID iDs are unique digital identifiers. An ORCID iD distinguishes individual investigators and are used to connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, locations and institutional affiliations.  These free identifiers are assigned and maintained by the non-profit organization ORCID.

Who is eligible for an ORCID iD?

ORCID iDs are available to any scholar who is interested. The iD is a randomly-assigned, 16-digit number that uniquely distinguishes a researcher from all others in the world.

How do I get an ORCID iD?

• Register for an ORCID iD: http://orcid.org/

• Connect your iD to your work

• Use your iD in grants, publications, datasets, etc.

Include your iD in your UF Directory Profile

Are you getting invitations to publish via email, and aren’t sure whether to accept? Are you looking to submit your first manuscript, and don’t know which journal to choose? Or have you seen terms like “predatory publishing” in scholarly news, and want to learn more?

July 2019 the HSC Library presented a panel discussion on several of the common questions faculty have about open access, unethical publishing, and selecting an appropriate publication venue.  The event was recorded and is available here: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/c5b963f729ee41a4818ce76f60c679a41d


Employee Update: Jacob Dirghalli

Jacob just moved to Gainesville two months ago from Tallahassee. Previously he worked at Tallahassee Community College in their One Stop and graduated with his bachelor's in applied math from Florida State University. He is now the financial aid coordinator for UFCD. Jacob is responsible for all DMD students and residents financial aid, and serves as their liaison to the main campus Student Financial Affairs office. In addition to the financial aid aspects of his job he is also responsible for assisting in processing applications as well as Interviewing prospective students.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming Jacob to the Gator Dentist family!


Did You Know?

Academic Calendar

Did you know the UFCD has an online academic calendar? It is easy to access from UFCD’s home page at https://dental.ufl.edu/.  It is located under the Education tab at the top of the page, click "Resources" and then "Academic Calendar." It's really that simple! This easy-access calendar can help you with future plans for holidays, dental conferences and UFCD events such as White Coat and Commencement.

How to Swap a Rotation or Group Session

This process must be done at least a week before the scheduled group or rotation.

• Find a classmate who will swap dates with you.

• Fill out the blue swap form- this can be found at the front desk in the Office of Education.

• Have the form signed by the necessary people.

Return the form to the Office of Education. The swap will be made in Axium, ECO and/or Canvas as necessary.

Absent from School?

There's a protocol to follow

Please remember: If you are sick and will be absent from school, you must do the following:

All DMD students must call the Office of Education at 352-273-5950 and notify them that you will be out sick.

3DN and 4DN students should also call your treatment coordinator.

3DN and 4DN students who are on a clinic rotation also need to call or email the clinic they are assigned to so they are aware that you will be out. 

These steps must be done for each day that you will be out.