Educational Innovation Briefs

This section highlights teaching and learning innovation implemented by dental faculty. If you want your innovative instructional strategies featured here, please tell us about them using the short form below.

Annual Teaching Showcase

This program provides a low-risk platform for faculty to demonstrate innovative instructional practices implemented in didactic, preclinical or clinical teaching. The goal is to create a cross-disciplinary faculty teaching community to celebrate and accelerate teaching innovation.

Helix Curriculum Innovation Award

The Helix Curriculum Innovation Award is intended to recognize and reward those members of the dental faculty who experiment with instructional innovation to help define new standards for dental education. 

2019 finalists and winner

Drs. Michelle Brady & Parvati Iyer: The backward design model applied to the redesign of the IDS curriculum

Dr. Parvati Iyer: Gamification in the classroom with Polleverywhere

Dr. Debra Woo (Winner): A flipped approach to Emergency Rotation faculty calibration and student learning

2018 finalists and winner

Dr. Bernadette Fa: Animtation in teaching and assessment

Drs. Shika Gupta and Christine Miller (Winner): The Pac Manual

Dr. Parvati Iyer: Turning passive video watching into active learning

2017 finalists and winner

Dr. Leticia Ferreira (Winner): Designing interactive case-based online lessons in pathology with SoftChalk

Dr. Pat King (Winner): Using standardized patients (SP) to teach communication skills to IDS students

2016 finalists and winner

Drs. Der Thor and Nan Tori Xiao (Winners): A student-centered approach to online group presentations and dicussions

Dr. Richard White: The flipped classroom approach to teach pre-clinical occlusion techniques

Dr. Jeff Wood: Developing an online remedition course in Pediatrics

2015 finalists and winner

Dr. Ana Arias: Comparing the outcomes of lectures and small group discussions

Dr. Darren Cox (Winner): The interprofessional Education program  (IPE) between dental and pharmacy schools

Dr. Andrew Young: The flipped classroom appraoch to teach evidence-based dentistry

2014 finalists and winner

Dr. Jessie Vallee (Winner): Designing an integrated IPT curriculum

2013 finalists and winner

Dr. Huang: Implementing reflective portfolio in periodontics

Dr. Natasha Lee (Winner): Using computer simulations to teach dental practice management

Dr. Maritza Mendez: Developing an online dental Spanish course for dental professionals

2012 Finalists and winner

Dr. Ove Peters (Winner): Endodontics interactive iBook

Other teaching and learning innovation