For the Hands-OnLive LIVE participants, this combination of access to a live instructor and a well-planned hands-on exercise is critical to making the learning experience effective, and very different than the other types of dental CE programming currently available.
Dr. Robert Margeas, the first instructor todevelop a course for Hands-OnLine LIVE, was instrumental in testing its success.As a practitioner and dental lecturer for over 30 years, Dr. Margeas says that the interactive format works well for both parties: he is able to deliver the case presentation, lead the hands-on exercise and also answer questions and address any issues that participants have over the two hours the course runs. Dr. Margeas has reported positive feedback from participants, and believes they’ve appreciated that he’s been fully available to them as they take the course. What’s also important is that, because the courses are delivered completely online, the participants can take the courses in their individual operatory where they can utilize their own equipment in a familiar environment. For some, the convenience of not having to travel to attend a lecture is also beneficial in terms of cost savings and minimizing time away from their businesses.
This January, the Hands-OnLine LIVE course offering expanded from two Dr. Margeas-led courses to a total of four courses with the introduction of topics from Dr. Marc Geissberger and Dr. David Chan – and will continue to grow over time. “As soon as we launched the first course with Dr. Margeas, we had over a dozen dental educators reach out in the first week and ask if they could develop courses for us,” says Peter Jordan, president of Clinician’s Choice. “The hands-on exercise requirement takes some time to develop with each instructor, and getting that right is so important to us.” Each course has its own Technique Kit that’s designed specifically by the instructor with all the materials a participant will need in order to complete each hands-on exercise, including a comprehensive technique guide, model, instruments, restorative materials and accessories.