A methodology for a distance learning update course in prosthesis for Primary Health Care

A methodology for a distance learning update course in prosthesis for Primary Health Care

Rodrigo Tubelo; Alessandra Dahmer; Vicente Leitune; Maria Eugênia Bresolin Pinto; Susana Samuel; Fabrício Collares


 Background: In a recent Brazilian Oral Health Policy is expected the construction of dental prosthetic devices in Primary Health Care (PHC). However, professionals who work in this system do not feel able to perform this procedure leading to a necessity of a continuous education program. Thus, the aim of this work is to develop a methodology for a dental prosthesis distance update course oriented for PHC.

Summary of Work: The course was structured in 40 hours, divided into 10 weeks. It is developed in partnership between the Laboratory of Dental Materials, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and UNASUS of the Federal University of Health Science of Porto Alegre. The course learning objects (LO) will be developed in Articulate Storyline that allows the insertion of several digital resources. During the course, the students will be held in with online tutoring. Each tutor will guide groups of 40 students, controlling frequency of access and performance in activities.

Summary of Results: Articulate allowed building learning objects with innovative and interactive design. Furthermore, the virtual environment has stability in access and it provides the tutor information such as frequency of access, activity performance, etc.

Discussion and Conclusions: The student learning in distance education is directly related to LO quality and the assistance of distance tutoring. Articulate Storyline demonstrated to be a suitable tool into the development of distance courses, allowing LO creative and interactive.

Take-home messages: Distance education has been an effective way to educate professionals of public system health and it became necessary for a country of continental size like Brazil.

Publicado em: Anais de evento/ AMEE 2014.

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