Dentsply Sirona announced that they have been awarded second place for Best E-Learning Design in the Shift It Online category of the LearnX Live! Awards 2021. The award recognises four e-learning courses developed by Dentsply Sirona.
The four courses, “Orthodontics 101”, “20/20 Vision on Oral Inflammation”, “It Takes a Team: CAD/CAM Efficiency”, and “Maximizing the ROI of your CAD/CAM System with Implants”, were based on presentations given at the virtual Dentsply Sirona World 2020 conference. They were developed in close collaboration with key opinion personnel, with recordings from the sessions broken down, storyboarded, and turned into interactive courses on Dentsply Sirona Academy.
“It was a fantastic experience working with Dentsply Sirona to bring these courses to life in such an exciting way,” said Kristine Aadland, dentist from Vancouver, Washington, US, and presenter of the “Maximizing the ROI of your CAD/CAM system through Implants”. “They turned out great and it’s nice to see my presentation given an extended lifespan beyond Dentsply Sirona World as a unique learning tool.”
The new courses and their modules were designed to be interactive, so that users can apply the knowledge they gain to their own practices and ways of working. They are also given the opportunity to provide their own experiences and expertise to the case studies and activities throughout. They now rank among the most popular courses on Dentsply Sirona Academy.
In 2020 alone, more than one million participants joined the company’s clinical education courses, with almost 7,300 courses taking place across 80 countries, predominantly online. This was almost double the number of participants in 2019.
While Dentsply Sirona World returned to Las Vegas in 2021, the conference was run in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online programs. This ensured that those who could not travel or those who preferred to join virtually still had the opportunity to participate.
Dentsply Sirona is now collaborating with a number of key opinion personnel to deliver further courses for next year. The new implant curriculum, for example, focuses on interactive courses that guide a learner from foundational knowledge to master level courses.
“The past two years have shown that virtual training formats are increasingly demanded by our customers. We really needed to think outside the box last year to continue to offer world-class continuing education in a virtual format,” said Rainer Seemann, vice president of Global Clinical Research and Scientific Support at Dentsply Sirona. “We are incredibly pleased with how the e-learning pilot project turned out, and that its success has been recognized by the wider industry as well. We now have a unique and award-winning blueprint for e-learning courses in the future.”