Prosthodontics


Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses.

  • prostheses: a device, either removable or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body

One may distinguish between removable (external), fixed (using adhesive techniques) and implanted (fixture in the jaw bone) solutions. This project applies the Action Learning approach to implement the PISA model for developing and running joint blended mode course(s) in fixed prosthodontics. 

Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses.

The project establishes closer links and improving collaboration in education and research through sharing resources, mobility (internationalization) and virtual presence (internationalization-at-home) between the partners.

Background

The American Dental Association (ADA) defines prosthodontics as the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

In 2016 a consortium was established between three study programs in prosthodontics, namely

  • Norway: Oslo Metropolitan University (prof. Trude Myhrer, project leader)
  • Australia: Griffith University (prof. Jane Evans)
  • Sweden: The University of Umeaa (prof. Anders Berglund)

A set of digital learning objects was developed as proof-of-concept in the spring term of that year. Four Australians exchange students worked with their Norwegian partners at OsloMet. In May 2016 they presented results and experiences at the IN:CODE workshop attended by consortium partners.

Current status

  • In 2018 the consortium applied for SIU funding for an expansion and consolidation of the project. The overall purpose is to establish closer links and improving collaboration in education and research through sharing resources, mobility (internationalization) and virtual presence (internationalization-at-home) between the partners. The project will use the Action Learning approach to implement the PISA model for developing and running joint blended mode course(s) in fixed prosthodontics. We belive these design principles will be of value for other types of healt care programs as well.
  • Prof. Jane Evans enlisted in the PISA-X online course for spring 2018 and will pay a week-long visit to OsloMet in August-September 2018.
  • We prepare for a course development period at Griffith University with two participants from OsloMet for the fall semester 2018 (possibly spring 2019). This will be coordinated with a production workshop for a wider range of joint courses in health care that will take place in Southern China in early November 2018.

We may offer a new tailor-made instance of PISA Global to accomodate future needs for this project.