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Effectiveness of a 3D simulation tool to teach the designing of metal removable partial dentures: A mixed-method study

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Introduction: Acquiring insights into the framework design of metal-based removable partial dentures (mRPD) is a current challenge in dental education. The aim of the present study was to explore the effectiveness of a novel 3D simulation tool to teach designing mRPD by investigating the learning gain and the acceptance and motivation towards the tool of dental students. Materials and methods: A 3D tool based on 74 clinical scenarios was developed for teaching the design of mRPD. Fifty-three third year dental students were randomly divided into two groups, with the experimental group (n = 26) having access to the tool during 1 week while the control group (n = 27) had no access. Quantitative analysis was based on a pre- and post-test in order to evaluate the learning gain, technology acceptance and motivation towards using the tool. Moreover, qualitative data was collected by means of an interview and focus group to get additional insights into the quantitative results. Results: Although the results showed a higher learning gain for students in the experimental condition, the study did not find a significant difference between both conditions based on quantitative results. However, during the focus groups, all students of the experimental group revealed that the 3D tool improved their understanding of mRPD biomechanics. Moreover, survey results revealed that students positively evaluated the perceived usefulness and ease of use of the tool and indicated to have the intention to use the tool in the future. Suggestions were made for a redesign (e.g. creating scenarios themselves) and further implementation of the tool (e.g. analysing the scenarios in pairs or small groups). Conclusion: First results of the evaluation of the new 3D tool for teaching the design framework of mRPD are promising. Further research based on the design-based research methodology is needed to investigate the effects of the redesign on motivation and learning gain.
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hal-04190996 , version 1 (23-04-2024)

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Marion Dehurtevent, Joke Duyck, Fien Depaepe, Stéphanie Vanneste, Katleen Vandamme, et al.. Effectiveness of a 3D simulation tool to teach the designing of metal removable partial dentures: A mixed-method study. European Journal of Dental Education, 2023, European Journal of Dental Education, 27 (4), pp.1117-1126. ⟨10.1111/eje.12906⟩. ⟨hal-04190996⟩

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