Digitally-Mediated Learning Activity

I will preface this post with the admission that I have never created a learning activity – ever.  For the final project of my class Digitally-Mediated Teaching and Learning, we were asked to create a learning activity to be used in the context of where we currently work or in the context of where we would like to work.  I currently work in private practice, but I created this activity for dental hygiene students in an entry-level program.

toothbrushing pic2The activity will take place in a hybrid-environment where students will first listen to a lecture about toothbrushing techniques.  Students will select a friend or family member to educate them on proper toothbrushing using one of the methods discussed in the lecture.  Students will then record the patient education session and submit the video to YouTube.   The video will be published as a private video in which viewing is only possible to those who have the specific web-link.  Students will share these links to the Blackboard discussion board in a new thread.  The discussion board will allow all students to gain access to their classmates’ videos.  Students are encouraged to provide constructive criticism to their classmates by commenting either on YouTube or on the Blackboard discussion board.  In the video students will provide a general introduction to the patient (name disclosure is not mandatory) and discuss any limitations to brushing the patient is experiencing.  They will also discuss any areas of concern, such as recession that provide the rationale for the chosen toothbrushing technique.  As part of the learning activity students will participate in a virtual community of practice on Twitter (using a specific hashtag), where they will site resources for patient’s to find additional information pertaining to their oral hygiene care at home.  Additionally, students may share information pertaining to the learning activity whether it be a resource for toothbrushing techniques, a link to an app for brushing, or a “how-to guide” for posting a video to YouTube.  Blackboard is not used a lot in this activity but it will provide a place for the instructor and students to communicate in a non-public way in addition to the communication on YouTube and Twitter.

The learning objectives for this activity will be:

1. Identify areas where the patient’s toothbrushing is not effective by using a plaque disclosing agent.
2. Identify an appropriate toothbrush(es) for two different types of patients.
3. Discuss the rationale for using the selected toothbrush(es).
4. Identify and discuss the patient’s limitations to brushing and what modifications will be implemented to make accommodation.
5. Students will demonstrate for the patient how to brush using the selected toothbrushing technique and then have the patient show the student how they will brush using the new method.

The learning outcomes for this activity will be:
1. Students will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of a patient’s brushing technique.
2. Students will be able to effectively communicate and teach a patient how to brush using a patient appropriate toothbrushing technique.
3. Students will be able to provide a rationale for using the selected method and type of toothbrush.
4. Students will be able to demonstrate toothbrushing techniques correctly.
5. Students will discover the benefits of participating in a virtual community of practice.
6. Students will provide patient instruction in a professional manner.

Formative and summative assessments will be used to evaluate the activity.

Just as students are different with every class, technology also changes. It’s important for educators to seek out effective technology and be open to investigate new technologies. The use of Twitter, Blackboard and YouTube in this activity provide students the type of engagement that inspires creativity and motivation.

Here is the learning activity I submitted for my final project.


Blackboard –

Here is a video on how to post your YouTube video as private.

4 Ways to use Twitter in Schools to Increase Engagement –

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom –


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