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Use of Social Media for Out-of-Class Communication to Enhance Learning: A pilot study.
J Dent Hyg ; 93(6): 13-20, 2019 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31882557
ABSTRACT

PURPOSE:

Higher education teaching has been traditionally delivered through a lecture format, limiting the opportunities for interpersonal communication between faculty and students. The purpose of this study was to determine whether entry-level dental hygiene (DH) students and faculty perceive social media (SM) applications as an effective out-of-class communication (OCC) tool for enhancing learning in a dental hygiene program.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional, comparative research design was used for this pilot study. An investigator-designed, paper survey was administered to a convenience sample of entry-level DH students and faculty from nine dental hygiene programs in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics (p=0.05).

RESULTS:

A total of 418 students and 149 faculty members met the eligibility criteria; 325 DH students (n=325) and 77 faculty completed the surveys (n=77) for a combined response rate of 70.9%. While most faculty and DH students agreed SM could enhance learning for OCC, their level of comfort using these applications varied. Both faculty and DH students use SM applications for questions about assignments, clarification on lecture topics, and feedback on assignments. Statistical significance was found for the frequency of using SM applications for OCC (X2 =16.92; df =4; p =.002). Learning management systems were used and preferred most by both groups followed by Facebook. Statistical significance was found between both groups when ranking electronic devices for OCC.

CONCLUSION:

Dental hygiene students and faculty differ in their frequency and levels of comfort in using SM for out-of-class communication. Additional research related to the phenomenon of social media and communication to enhance learning in dental hygiene should be explored.
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Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Mídias Sociais Limite: Humanos País/Região como assunto: América do Norte Idioma: Inglês Revista: J Dent Hyg Assunto da revista: Odontologia Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo