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NEW! Availability of updated new version of Mobile Application for the ODC VLE – October 2021

by Uthra Sridharan -

NEW! Availability of updated new version of Mobile Application for the ODC VLE – October 2021

ODC is pleased to announce the availability of updated new version of ODC VLE application for mobile devices on both the iOS and Android platforms. This new ODC application for mobile devices is available for free download from the App Store or Play Store by clicking the links or using the QR codes below:



Features of this version:

  • This application is designed as an integrated gateway to the College website, O365 Portal, email, SharePoint, Forms & Policies, Online Student Common Drive and etc.


  • As this app is integrated with Microsoft O365, all these portals can be accessed using single sign-on without needing to remember multiple usernames/passwords.


  • See your courses at glance and take self-assessments easily: Your courses are listed with easy access to contents, participants and notes. A useful filter field lets you find a particular course quickly.
  • Easily access course content: View course activities and download materials for offline use.
  • View and access activities which are due: The timeline display shows you which tasks you need to complete, with quick access links.

 

For any assistance on installing or using these apps please contact ODC Help Desk.

Oman Dental College


NEW! Launch of Mobile Application for the ODC VLE – March 2021

by Dr Siva Kumar -

NEW!  Launch of Mobile Application for the ODC VLE – March 2021

ODC is pleased to announce the availability of a new ODC VLE application for mobile devices on both the iOS and Android platforms. This new ODC application for mobile devices is available for free download from the App Store or Play Store by clicking the links or using the QR codes below:

QRcodes

(Download Link)                                                       (Download Link)

This application has been developed in-house at ODC specifically for students and faculty to enhance their learning and teaching experience respectively. 

Some of the key benefits in using this new application to access the ODC VLE are:

  1. Access to VLE course content anytime, anywhere:  Using this application allows students and faculty to access VLE content from anywhere there is mobile device connectivity. Additionally through the application there is also the facility to view VLE courses in both online and offline modes.
  2. Receive Push Notifications: The application will sync with the VLE Calendar and it will send push notifications automatically to the user regarding Calendar events in addition to messages, forum posts, assignments, surveys etc. 
  3. Ability to upload files: The application enables students/faculty to upload files such as images, audio/video files, documents etc. directly to their dashboard in the ODC VLE. The Private File section, available to all users from their ODC VLE dashboard and which is their own personal space, is where different files can be uploaded and viewed later.
  4. Easy to use interface: The responsive touch-based interactive User Interface that has been designed for mobile phones and tablets supports features such as drag and drop, clear options making the application easy to use. 
  5. Viewing VLE courses at a glance: By using this application students have both an overview and details of VLE course information across their mobile devices. 
  6. Tracking progress of activities Activity Completion: When faculty enable the Activity Completion feature in the application this allows students to track the progress of their allocated VLE based activities from their mobile device. 
  7. Access to VLE content offline: The application allows students to download self-directed learning material, surveys, etc. and complete these offline, such that any data will be automatically uploaded to the VLE whenever the user is connected online. 

Please contact Dr Siva Kumar, Head of E-Learning, at skumar@staff.omandentalcollege.org for any technical or other queries.


Dr Rahul Arora 

Dean

Dr Siva Kumar 

Head of E-Learning

 

 

                                                                                                                                                

 

New Features of the ODC VLE December 2020

by Dr Siva Kumar -


The ODC VLE has now been upgraded from customised Moodle version 3.7 to Moodle version 3.10, which brings several new features and improvements that are beneficial to students and faculty.

New Features for students:

       1. Go to top: Enables swift movement to the top of the screen:


        2.Download course content: Course content, where allowed by faculty, can now easily be downloaded at the click of a button:


        3.Calendar filters: Filter your calendar by month, day or upcoming event:


        4.Emojis: Add emojis to messages in forums or from a button in the Atto editor:

         

        5.Clearer reminders: Receive reminders about your activities such as upcoming VLE webinars or assignments:


         6.Scrolling timer for assessments: You can now easily see the time remaining time during an assessment with the new quiz timer that  scrolls as you move up or down:


 

 

New features for faculty:

     1.Activity chooser: Easily locate, star and view recommended items in an improved activity chooser:


 

        2. Download course content: Specify when to allow students to download course content:


         3. H5P interactive content: Enhanced engagement for students by creating interactive content in Pages, Labels, Books and more (see  H5P):


 

Please contact Dr Siva Kumar, Head of E-Learning (skumar@staff.omandentalcollege.org) for any further information or clarification regarding these new features or for assistance in using the ODC VLE.

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Available courses

Human Structure I

Welcome to Human Structure I. This page is a communication site for ODC 1BDS students taking the course. All course resources will be available here.

Learning Skills -Introduction to Research

Welcome to the Learning Skills  -Introduction  to Research resources page. Refresh your memory by reading through handouts given during the course and try extra exercises to help you with other study skills.

English II

Stay current with your English vocabulary, grammar and reading skills by accessing some of the materials on this portal. If you have any questions, come and find a member of the English teaching staff to guide you.

Dental Public Health Semester 1

The course is designed to introduce dental students to the core principles of Dental Public Health and their application to population-based oral health nationally and internationally. 

Students will learn the importance of public health functions, fundamental concepts of health promotion and diseases prevention at a population, community and individual levels with the emphasis on health needs assessment, health promotion and risk prevention related to oral health in the community.

Applied epidemiology and trends of dental caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer on international and national levels will be discussed, common dental indices to measure these and oral health trends will be addressed including the impact of oral health on the individual and the community. 

Students will explore strategies for preventing common oral diseases at individual and community levels including appropriate use of fluorides, pit-and-fissure sealants. 

Disparities in oral health status and issues of the access to dental health care will be highlighted and the ways of reducing inequalities will be addressed. Brief overview of different healthcare systems and the importance of dental and non-dental workforce models in improving access to and utilization of dental healthcare services will also be made. 

The DPH course will also provide students with the necessary foundation of knowledge required to practice effective "Evidence-based Dentistry" and to select appropriate preventive interventions and strategies to promote oral health and control dental diseases at the individual and population levels. 

Ethical reasoning related to the practice of population-based dental public health as well as individual patients will be highlighted with the emphasis on raising the awareness among dental professionals in recognizing the importance ethical issues, including informed consent, confidentiality and patient autonomy. 

Course aims at developing the capacity for lifelong learning and professional growth and obtaining the leadership skills and developing the ability to participate in the provision of integrated inter-professional care directed towards health promotion, better patient care and quality of services improvement. 

Dental Public Health Semester 2

The course is designed to introduce dental students to the core principles of Dental Public Health, and it application to population based oral health nationally and internationally. 

Students will learn the importance of public health functions, fundamental concepts of health promotion and diseases prevention at the population or community and at the individual levels with emphasis on assessment, health promotion and risk prevention related to oral health in the community.

Epidemiology and trends of dental caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer on international and national level(s) will be discussed, common dental indices to measure these will be addressed including the impact of oral health on the individual and population. 

Students will explore strategies for preventing common oral diseases at the individual and community level including use of fluorides, pit-and-fissure sealants and fluoride varnish application.

Disparities in oral health status and access to dental health care will be highlighted and the ways of reducing inequalities will be addressed. Brief overview of different healthcare systems and the importance of dental and non-dental workforce models in improving access to dental care will be discussed. 

The course will also provide students with the necessary foundation of knowledge required to practice effective "Evidence-based Dentistry" and select appropriate prevention interventions and strategies to promote health and control oral diseases at the individual and population level. 

Ethical reasoning related to the practice of population-based dental public health as well as individual patients will be highlighted with the emphasis on raising awareness of the professional in recognizing ethical issues, including informed consent, confidentiality and patient autonomy. 

Course aims at developing a capacity for lifelong learning and professional growth in order to provide leadership in order to provide leadership that utilizes principles of dental public health as well as the ability to participate in provision of inter-professional care directed towards health promotion, better patient care and quality improvement. 



Teaching with Moodle

An online course providing support and training for new features within Moodle 2 and how they can be used in teaching. 

The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of features and to enable the sharing of ideas with other teachers on how these features can be applied to teaching and learning.  It uses the features of Moodle 2 that you will be learning about to get the experience as a learner and gain the knowledge required by the teacher.

Developed as part of the LSIS Collaboration in Technology project.