The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the national professional organization of academic dentistry. ADEA weTeach® originated from the efforts of the ADEA Council of Faculties who sought to improve access to high quality teaching and learning resources for dental, allied dental, and other health professions faculty. ADEA weTeach® was developed to provide practical “how to” information and best practices for teaching, learning, and assessment, with an emphasis on assisting new dental educators. “How to” information for ADEA weTeach® purposes is defined as a tutorial, guideline, or workshop focused on designing didactic and active learning experiences that can be implemented by any faculty member, at any level of development, and at any academic institution. Publications in the ADEA weTeach® Collection fall under the general categories of Teach, Learn, Assess, and Close the Loop.
These resources relate to faculty-directed instruction, including designing a course, choosing the most appropriate instructional techniques and evaluating course and instructor effectiveness. The focus of Teach is on improving the translation of knowledge and skills to students from the educator’s perspective.
These resources emphasize learning theory and improving understanding of the student as a learner. Also included are general learning resources, resources related to the learning environment and those dealing with student cheating. The focus of Learn resources is improving the understanding of the science behind student learning and optimizing the learning environment.
These resources are related to student assessment. They focus on best practices for a wide variety of specialized types of assessments used in dental education including didactic, qualitative, quantitative, case-based, capstone and milestone assessments. The focus of Assess is on improving quality and capacity for student assessment.
Close the Loop
These resources address integration of curriculum. They extend beyond the individual course and include curriculum assessment strategies, interprofessional education, accreditation and other required reporting. Also included are faculty development resources to help support innovations in curriculum. The focus of Close the Loop is to provide resources to improve the connection of the curriculum with other programs within health education and with larger institutional goals.