INTERACTIVE DISTANCE LEARNING FOR POSTGRADUATE ORTHODONTIC TRAINEES.
Objectives: To determine the interest of residents of orthodontics in using distance learning and to determine their perceptions of learning experience. Study Design: A Cross-Sectional, Interventional Study. Period: From 1.1.2016 to 1.7.2017. Setting: Orthodontic department of de’Mont Dental College, Lahore. Methods: Present study was conducted on the orthodontic postgraduate trainees. Trainees were asked to read all given research studies before watching a recorded 1 hour interactive seminar. This was followed by participation in a discussion with specialist at the trainees’ institute. The trainees then filled questionnaire to measure the interest of postgraduate trainees of orthodontics in using distance learning and to determine their perceptions of learning experience. Results: Results of the study showed that trainee’s interest and perceptions were generally positive about distance learning experience. Statistically significant differences were found between trainee’s interest and perceptions based on how well they were prepared before involvement in this interactive distance learning session. Conclusion: The postgraduate trainees of orthodontics perceived distance learning to be effective, enjoyable and learn full.