The opening or 'kick-off' meeting of the O-Health-Edu Project was held on October 24th and 25th in Clermont-Ferrand dental school.
This meeting brought together all the partners to lay the groundwork for the project, flesh out project plans and identify a more precise project timeline for the intellectual outputs. The meeting provided valuable working time giving space for meaningful exchange of ideas and for partners contribution.
Over the two day meeting the following key points were discussed and further explored and clarified:
- Administrative and financial management of the Erasmus project. Presentations by the administrative coordinators of the project assisted in providing and ensuring effective project governance was established from the outset. Key issues around reporting requirements, quality control, performance indicators and dissemination were presented.
- Considerable discussion to reinforce the common understanding of the project (Intellectual outputs, working plan, leadership roles etc) and particularly an overall perspective of the articulation of the different components of the project, how they integrate with and relies upon each other and how to best achieve them (preparation, main survey, dissemination, perspective) were all clarified.
- Induction in to the online project management to to ensure clarity around communication and workflow management was agreed.
- Partners led and/or participated in 4 workshops designed to allow brief exploration of the main elements necessary to conduct the Europe-wide survey on dental education (IO4,5). The workshops helped in preparation of O1,2,3,7 and resulted in vigorous and open dialogue sharing multiple and at time competing approaches and views that operate within the EU dental education arena.
The findings of each workshop will be collated at the end of the meeting and will be discussed. These activities will focus the agenda for the production of the Outputs 1,2, 3,7 and 4.
As part of the Kick Off Meeting the project was official launch by Prof Mathias Bernard Rector of the University of Clermont Auvergne and Prof Stephanie Tubert O-Health-Edu project lead. In officially launching the project Prof Bernard expressed his pride that the University of Clermont Auvergne Dental Faculty were taking the lead in this important European project that will shape the future of Oral Health Professional's Education. He also highlights the schools strong history in such activities as the UCA was one of the original school's visited by ADEE under the school visit DentEd programme. Prof Bernard thanks Prof Tubert for her work and commitment and wished the team a successful project.
Keynote presentation on student satisfaction
A key note presentation by Dr James Field on student satisfaction with the clinical teaching environment was presented as part of the opening programme. Dr Field covered key trends in student engagement, assessment of satisfaction levels and how the University of Sheffield is approaching this growing concern. It resulted in considerable engagement and discussion with dental education.