Small TLEF Innovation Grants

This year, the Office of the Provost has once again invited all UBCV Faculties and Colleges to apply for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve student learning experiences at the University. The Faculty of Dentistry has a long history in successfully competing for these awards and this year is no different! In fact, Dentistry had a 100% success rate this year with applications from our faculty members.

Congratulations to three of our faculty members, Drs. Leeann Donnelly, PJ Murphy, and Mario Brondani, who are each the recipients of small TLEF Innovation Grants from UBC. These three grants total $122 882, and account for nearly 6% of the total TLEF funding for this year.

Dr. Peter Murphy

Dr. Murphy will be working on a project for Using 3D visualization to Teach the Critically Important Anatomical Aspects of the Pterygopalatine Fossa for the Administration of Local Anesthesia of the Mid-Face (awarded $49,650). The final resource from this project will be available in three parts: in-class augmented reality facilitated by the instructor; an on-line augmented module to support student independent learning and an interactive, immersive video.

Dr. Mario Brondani

Dr. Brondani’s work will focus on implementing Dental Public Health (DPH) concepts into the curriculum. His project Dental Public Health Mixed Pedagogies: Bringing the Community to the Classroom (awarded $44,330) will allow our Faculty to fully develop, finalize and introduce a new DPH curricula to both dental and dental hygiene students, using the community as a teacher as one of the main pedagogies.

Dr. Leeann Donnelly

Dr. Donnelly, will be working on Development and Implementation of Teledentistry to Support Clinical Practice and Structural Competence Among Undergraduate Dental and Dental Hygiene Students (awarded $28,902). Her project will help address a gap between level of training and practical utilization of teledentistry methods, by providing teledentistry services to support the needs of underserved populations who find it challenging for one reason or another to access traditional face-to-face dental care. Students will provide remote oral health services including consultations, triage, education, and screening.