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Eur J Dent Educ. 1999 Feb;3(1):35-43.

Development of an interactive multimedia-CBT-program for dental implantology and using tests of a program prototype.

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Department of Prosthodontics, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Germany.


The aim of the study was the development of a teaching program for dental implantology designed to improve student education as well as further training in this area. Initially, the computer equipment of German dentists was evaluated. Then, the contents of a teaching program "implantology interactive" were defined. A fully functional program prototype was developed in co-operation with a medical publishing house. Subsequently, the program was tested and statistically evaluated by 70 dental students and 40 dentists for the purpose of quality assurance. The program received extremely positive ratings with regard to design and functionality. Furthermore it was found to be clearly arranged and easy to comprehend. Even computer illiterate test persons had no problem working with the program. The biggest problem discovered during the test run was that 21% of the test persons lost their orientation while working with the program. The results of the study were used to optimize the program. For example, a graphic orientation tree was integrated, thereby improving the orientation within the program. The extremely positive reactions of the test persons leads us to expect that the introduced CBT-project will be successful. The use of the program in the student education in the dental clinic in Heidelberg and a publication in a medical publishing house are to be expected in the near future.

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