Stuart Schrader, Ted Parks, Gerardo Maupme, David Zahl, and Ygal Ehrlich, IU School of Dentistry

Principal Investigator: Stuart Schrader, clinical associate professor, Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences, IU School of Dentistry

Co-principal Investigators: Ted Parks, professor, Department of Oral Pathology; Gerardo Maupme, professor, Department of Cariology and Community Dentistry David Zahl, director of curriculum support, and Ygal Ehrlich, clinical assistant professor, Department of Endodontics, IU School of Dentistry

Project Title: Integrating & Evaluating the use of Smart Glasses during Objective Structure Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Funding Level: $12,581


Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) has multiple; yet discrete, opportunities for students to master principles and practices of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODAs) competency standard for integrating technology such as the introduction of smart glasses in the curriculum. Presently, there is no systematic introduction, integration nor evaluation of such technology throughout the years of study. There are few human computer interaction studies in the dental/medical literature on perceived outcomes of integrating such technology into simulated educational evaluative practices such as OSCEs. Therefore, this proposal outlines a theoretically grounded approach to exploring the integration of smart glass technology in an authentic assessment of clinical application throughout three different years of the curriculum.

Student learning and programmatic outcomes will be assessed using a multifaceted approach. Based, in part, on a previous study conducted by some of the Co-PIs regarding the educational outcomes of using Google Glass, we will conduct the following studies over the course of a year: (1) survey of perceived utility, application and perspective in comparing smart glass video replay use to static camera replays of OSCEs for communicative processes and clinical examination effectiveness (e.g., head/neck examinations), (2) student focus groups in evaluating strengths, challenges, and future potential clinical education applications for smart glass, and (3) a qualitative thematic analysis of comparing smart glass OSCE transcriptions of clinical dental student-patient communication versus static camera OSCE transcriptions. Project findings will be disseminated locally at the Curriculum Enhancement Grant Symposium and nationally at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session.