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Can dentistry be taught online?

I go to the dentist. He tutors online and has had problems with this. Before and after a check-up, replacement filling and de-scaling we discuss the pros and cons of e-learning over residential schools.

Dentistry, quite frankly, isn’t one that struck me as something that could be taught online.

Maybe if I’d signed a release form the contents of my mouth could have been chewed over online.

For my ‘A to Z of e-learning’ I now have another ‘d’.

I guess dentistry can be taught online, though as amalgamated learning rather than blended learning.

On the surface it sounded like a technical issue, though I know that familiarity with the tools, with being online, with even hearing your own voice online can be issues, let alone the natural desire of people to have some kind of opportunity to get to know each other.

He said that people were happiest typing synchronously rather than speaking, in which case that is what you go with, playing to people’s strengths within a zone in which they feel comfortable.

Hearing someone for the first time creates a different image in the mind’s eye, often an image that is at odds with a person’s profile picture or how you perceived them.


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  1. I guess dentistry can be taught online, though as amalgamated learning rather than blended learning.

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