Innovation in dental education: The “On-the-Fly” approach to simultaneous development, implementation and evidence collection

I. R. de Boer, D.R. Bakker, C.M. Serrano, P. Koopman, P.R. Wesselink, J.M. Vervoorn

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Introduction: This study outlines an approach for education innovation and addresses the ambivalence between evidence-based and non-evidence-based conditions. The “on-the-fly” approach was described as involving implementation during the development of an innovation for dental education.

Materials and Methods: The process of designing and implementing cutting-edge technology of the MOOG Simodont Dental Trainer (DT) whilst systematically collecting evidence illustrates the “on-the-fly” approach.

Results: Using the “on-the-fly” approach for developing, implementing and collecting evidence simultaneously in an academic environment appears feasible in serving both the professionals, users and developers and system designers. During the implementation of the new technology, growing evidence stepwise strengthened its position; therefore, showing stakeholders that evidence was used to improve the technology seemed to support and increase acceptance of the new technology.

Conclusions: When pioneering an innovative technology in a specialty field, the development stage often precedes evidence for its effectiveness. Consciously choosing the “on-the-fly” approach clarifies to stakeholders in advance about the lack of evidence in an innovation and the need of their support to collect such evidence for improvement and in order to facilitate implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean journal of dental education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


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