E-learning and the future of dental education: opinions of administrators and information technology specialists

Eur J Dent Educ. 2006 Aug;10(3):169-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2006.00413.x.


The digital revolution and growth of the Internet have led to many innovations in the area of electronic learning (e-learning). To survive and prosper, educators must be prepared to respond creatively to these changes. Administrators and information technology specialists at six dental schools and their parent institutions were interviewed regarding their opinions of the impact that e-learning will have on the future of dental education. Interview questions encompassed vision, rate of change, challenges, role of faculty, resources, enrolment, collaboration, responsibility for course design and content, mission and fate of the institution. The objective of this qualitative study was to sample the opinions of educational administrators and information technology specialists from selected US universities regarding the impact of e-learning on dental education to detect trends in their attitudes. Responses to the survey indicated disagreement between administrators and informational technology specialists regarding the rate of change, generation of resources, impact on enrolment, responsibility for course design and content, mission and fate of the university. General agreement was noted with regard to vision, challenges, role of faculty and need for collaboration.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / economics
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / trends
  • Education, Dental / economics
  • Education, Dental / methods
  • Education, Dental / trends*
  • Educational Technology / economics
  • Educational Technology / trends
  • Faculty, Dental*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Schools, Dental / economics
  • Schools, Dental / trends*
  • United States