Published: 15-11-2021 10:30 | Updated: 15-11-2021 10:31

SEK 750,000 for research on development of virtual tools for dental education

Four people in lab coats look at a screen with a picture of an X-ray plate with teeth.
Sebastian Malmqvist, Nagihan Bostanci, Nikolaos Christidis Dana Semiean. Photo: Una Ivković

Nagihan Bostanci at the Department of Dentistry has been awarded pedagogical project funds from KI, in order to develop and evaluate virtual tools to complement preclinical and clinical training for dental and oral hygiene education.

Professor Nagihan Bostanci receives SEK 750 000 in pedagogical project funds from Karolinska Institutet for research on development and evaluation of virtual tools for dental education.

– The Covid-19 pandemic led to a rapid change in teaching cult and practices which were driven by the availability of digital tools. Despite great optimism about digital tools, the understanding of their effects on students' learning process is limited, says Nagihan Bostanci.

Digital learning environment provides improved learning through increased accessibility.

The project will partly investigate the effect of virtual tools as a complementary resource to the preclinical and clinical learning activities, and partly contribute to more knowledge about whether these virtual tools work as a complement to direct (face-to-face) mentor-driven clinical instructions. The goal is to enrich the learning of dental professionals (dentists and dental hygienists) at an early stage of their clinical training.

International cooperation

In this multidisciplinary project, Karolinska Institutet partners with the KU Leuven, the University of Otago in New Zealand, as well the digital dental education experts from the UK. Local co-applicants in Nagihan´s project team are Nikolaos Christidis and Sebastian Malmqvist, for dental education and oral health education, respectively.

Background to the project

The rapid technological advancements in both dentistry and pedagogy have changed the conditions for both the teachers and learners which has been accelerated by Covid-19. There is limited research about how, and to what extent, digital learning tools in teaching can act as a complement to, but also as support for lack of or reduced preclinical learning activities and clinical patient contact.