Using twitter for teaching and learning in an oral and maxillofacial radiology course

Shawneen M. Gonzalez, Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot

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The aim of this study was to describe the implementation of one form of social media (Twitter) in an oral radiology course and evaluate dental students' use and perceptions of this technology for teaching and learning. An author-developed questionnaire was used to solicit second-year students' knowledge, use, and perceptions of Twitter for teaching and learning in an oral radiology course at one U.S. dental school. A combination of Likert scales, multiple allowable answers, and an open-ended comment question was employed. The questionnaire was piloted in spring 2010 followed by data collection in spring 2011. Out of 45 students, 40 (88.9%) completed the questionnaire. Of the respondents, 95% reported having not used Twitter prior to their second year of dental school; 55% of them created an account for the course. The top two reasons they gave for creating an account were viewing radiographic examples and staying informed about questions and answers that were posted. The top two reasons they gave for not creating an account were that the content was viewable online without an account and not wanting another online account. The students perceived the Twitter sessions as helpful and reported it improved accessibility to the instructor. The results of this study challenged the assumption that dental students are well versed in all forms of social media, but overall, these students agreed that the use of Twitter had enhanced the learning environment in the radiology course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Dental education
  • Educational technology
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Radiology
  • Social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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