Would Interactive Textbooks take Dental Education to a New Level of Learning?
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hesham F. Marei
College of Dentistry, University of Dammam PO Box 1982
Dammam 31441, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966-3-8574928, +966548027750
E-mail: [email protected] , [email protected]
Received date: January 19, 2013; Accepted date: April 24, 2013; Published date: May 05, 2013
Citation: Marei HF, Wajid G (2013) Would Interactive Textbooks take Dental Education to a New Level of Learning? Surgery S11:002. doi:10.4172/2161-1076.S11-002
Copyright: © 2013 Marei HF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Abstract Objective: To evaluate the educational need for interactive textbooks designed by IBook Author application, and to assess the feasibility of their implementation as a learning tool.
Materials and methods: This study involved the participation of 42 dental students, and 28 faculty members working in one dental college. The study involved training on the creation of interactive textbooks using IBook Author application. A questioner was used to get participants’ feedback about the value, educational need, and feasibility of their implementation.
Results: All faculty members agreed that the application would solve some of the existing educational problems, and it will help them in preparing their handouts. All the students agreed that they would be more attracted to learn from an interactive textbook than from printed or non-interactive electronic textbook. The college administration reported that the implementation of interactive textbooks is within its capabilities, and resources.
Conclusion: There is an educational need for interactive textbooks that are designed by IBook Author as they can be regarded as a highly motivating environment for students’ learning, and can be easily implemented by the medical teacher in dental education.