Miguel A. Saravia Rojas1 & Mary I. Fukuhara Nakama2 & Rocio Geng-Vivanco3 & Francisco J. Orejuela Ramirez4
1School of Dentistry, University of Cayetano Heredia, Av. Honorio Delgado 430, Urb Ingeniería, Lima, Peru
2School of Dentistry, University of Cayetano Heredia, Av. Honorio Delgado 430, Urb Ingeniería, Lima, Peru
3Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Ribeirão Preto School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Av do Café s/n, 14040-904 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
4School of Dentistry, University of Cayetano Heredia, Av. Honorio Delgado 430, Urb Ingeniería, Lima, Peru
Abstract: Objectives: To identify the perception of the impact of the use of the WhatsApp® application in the development of clinical skills in dental students from Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru. Methods: An online questionnaire was applied to 119 students: One hundred and two undergraduate students from Peru (P) and seventeen graduate students from Colombia (C) and Costa Rica (CR). Results: Most of the students perceive that the videos improved their clinic performance, express that sharing videos through the App could complement the theoretical classes, and believe that it promotes the use of information and communications technologies. Conclusions: The students’ perception towards the use of the WhatsApp® application for education purpose is very positive. This disruptive digital technology enabled the meaningful learning of the undergraduate and graduate dental students. Sharing videos through the App can complement traditional lectures and enrich the learning experience.
Keywords: M-Learning, Whatsapp® Application, Clinical Performance, Dental Students, Videos
Published: September 1, 2021
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