Dentistry is an amalgamation of three fundamental components: Theory, Laboratory, and Clinical practice; under this triage, a vast number of social programs, research projects, and interdisciplinary learning experiences are intricated. With the social dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICT), the growth of Internet users, and the fast evolution of a wide variety of mobile electronic devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets,and laptop computers), the concept of E-Learning has gained substantial recognition in dentistry, even though it has been around since the early 1990s . It has been discussed that the traditional E-Learning platforms, despite their large diffusion and consolidation, need to widen the range of possibilities required by the users and be comprised of a complex electronic ecosystem focused on the teaching/learning symbiosis and knowledge management, both, at an institutional and a personal level .
We the KIMS dental college and hospital using various varieties of E-learning modalities such as online learning, mobile learning, blended learning, computer assisted instruction, distance learning, simulation-based learning, and virtual learning. Each one of these having their own operative differences but all part of the digital learning ecosystem, independent of the modalities, E-Learning is built on three key elements: the various pedagogical models, the instructional and learning strategies, and online learning technologies.
The use of virtual teaching in dental education is gaining acceptance as a complementary method to traditional learning. We are integrating virtual patients (VP), a computer simulation of real-life clinical scenarios, as part of a student’s clinical training is one example on how dental education could benefit from E-Learning strategies. The main advantage of virtual learning is that the learner can access the educational content anytime. Thus, E-Learning is considered an approach to traditional learning that embraces new thinking associated with new technologies. During this COVID pandemic time E learning is very helpful; to students and teaching staff to communicate and complete academic syllabus.The pedagogical framework that underpins technologies should build on learning communities and support student-centred curriculum.
The advent of Internet-based learning means that the physical location of the learning institution is no longer of primary importance for the learner when enrolling in a learning event. There is at the same time a growth in accredited professional development and the demand for learning opportunities, the primary benefits reported from our students are, the ability to support anytime, anyplace learning,improved communications with students,ability to use multimedia content, and improved management of classroom activities.
However currently, the most pragmatic approach in educational evaluation is to focus on students perception of their experience with an E- Learning programme. It is becoming more apparent, that enjoyment and success is a winning cycle in the learning environment. If teaching resources can involve students and lead them to be successful in their endeavours, they are more likely enjoy their tasks and want to become even more involve in E- Learning in dentistry.