The Office of Academic Affairs at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is responsible for developing and delivering comprehensive professional development workshops on a variety of topics including:
Dental profession, disciplines and clinical techniques
Educational research (qualitative and quantitative methods)
The office supports a wide range of educational activities, from managing examinations for predoctoral and postgraduate dental students, to more advanced technical training opportunities for both students and faculty. The Office is responsible for managing the online course content (at this point in time using CANVAS system). Keeping on top of trends in online education is a fast-moving, highly technical, and interesting exercise, one that challenges user intuitiveness and, on some level, adds a whole separate learning curriculum to the existing one.
Support of clinical activities is very specific: working closely with the Associate and Assistant Deans of Academic Affairs and the Tufts IT Departments, our team members maintain the electronic grading system in axiUm and clinical reports. The office is a resource for tracking and generating reports and key metrics for senior administration to monitor and track student progression through their years here.
One-on-one training, curriculum consulting and the use of different pedagogies for teaching and assessment to faculty members, support faculty with the use of technology in the preclinical and classroom areas is available.
Below is the university page with resources; a current focus is remote/virtual teaching in the COVID Pandemic era but also, as a normal time resource (example) some Clinical Case Work Discussion resources: https://sites.tufts.edu/teaching/
Canvas is Tufts’ learning management system (LMS). Course web sites are automatically created in Canvas for most courses listed in SIS. Use Canvas to post announcements; give assignments and collect student submissions; host online asynchronous discussions; deliver timed quizzes and exams; and distribute course materials. Canvas can also be used for live 1:1 and group video conferencing using WebEx. Below please find highlights of what's available on the Educational Technology Services website:
Zoom is a versatile, easy-to-use video conferencing app that allows people to meet via audio and video, chat via text, and share information remotely. It also allows you to record the audio and video of meetings, and share those recordings later.
Echo360 Personal Capture - Echo360 Personal Capture is a stand-alone desktop application that allows you to record your local computer screen (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or other materials) with an audio narration, along with an optional webcam video.
WebEx - a multi-featured phone, video, and web conferencing tool, with an online whiteboard collaboration space. Can be used to record a visual and audio presentation from your computer’s screen, webcam, and microphone.