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3D E-models for Learning in Dentistry


Modern dentistry is moving towards “electronic patient records” for clinical treatment. In order to support student engagement with the rapidly changing world of digital dentistry, and in order to stimulate the students’ motivation and depth of inquiry, this project aims to incorporate virtual dental models into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) curriculum, including Problem Based Learning (PBL), Case-Based Learning (CBL), Clinical Simulation Laboratory (CSL), and briefing sessions of Polyclinic. This proposed approach to adopt blended learning gives a potential environment for students to learn more effectively with the mobility and flexibility of the virtual models. It is anticipated that this project will generate new problem stimuli/resources with virtual dental models, the enhanced digital resource bank of learning objects, a personalized online self-learning experience for students, evaluative data on staff and student uptake and engagement, and avenues for cross-faculty collaboration.

Principal Investigator

Dr. H.M. Wong, Faculty of Dentistry Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

May 2017



  1. Wong H.M., Ma K.W., Yang L.Y.X., Yiu C.K.Y. and Yang Y.
    Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the students’ perceptions to the use of 3D electronic models in problem-based learning.
    Knowledge management & e-learning. In press.
  2. Wong H.M., Ma K.W., Yang L.Y.X. and Yang Y.
    Dental Students’ Attitude towards Problem-Based Learning before and after Implementing 3D Electronic Dental Models.
    International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering 2017; Vol:104, No:8, 2110, 6 pages.
  3. Wong H.M. and Ma K.W.
    3D E-models for learning in Dentistry – a qualitative study.
    The 2016 International Association of Dental Research General Session & Exhibition, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2016.
  4. Wong H.M. and Ma K.W.
    Learning in Paediatric Dentistry – 3D E-models vs. plaster casts.
    The 10th Biennial Conference of the Pediatric Dentistry Association of Asia, Tokyo, Japan, 2016.

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