From: "Sangeeta Wadhawan" Date: Thu Sep 6, 2001 8:06pm Subject: Oral health Dear All , There is a great opportunity to include "Oral health" with other topics related to general health. I learned about a web site (www.pitt.edu/~super1) from Dr. Ronald LaPorte. I was impressed by the idea. I would like to include a major set of lectures on oral health, with your help. I think it would be wonderful to have 200 PowerPoint lectures on all aspects of oral health that anyone can use world wide. I have begun contacting experts such as you to see if you would be interested in joining to develop an oral health "supercourse". At present the Supercourse has 4600 faculty from over 3500 universities and 110 countries who created a Library of Lectures with 430 lectures which are available on the Internet. An additional 1000 lectures promising a cutting edge, cognitive design have been pledged. This information is being shared worldwide. We invite you to share with us your best lectures on Oral Health. If your lecture is in PowerPoint, it takes only 2 hours to be developed into a Supercourse lecture. All you need to do is to add notes to your PowerPoint lecture as to what you would say on each slide. You would get full credit for providing the lecture with your name and affiliation at the beginning of the lecture. Consider your best lecture or presentation and think how many people see it each year. Typically a lecture is seen by 40-50 students a year. On the Supercourse site, your best lecture will have the potential to reach 20-30,000 students/people each year. Your lecture or presentation would be a welcome addition to this educational site. It will only take 5 hours of course preparation compared with 10-20 for a brand new lecture. Your lecture/s will serve as a resource for the beginning teacher by providing a template that can be modified to meet their specific goals and objectives. Remember the first day that you ever taught. For most of us it's a horrible hour. But why should the 7000th teacher have to prepare from scratch a lecture on fundamentals of oral hygiene? The most critical group will be those teachers in developing countries who have do not have access to current oral health journals. One cannot provide a quality education without access to up-to-date information. These lectures will provide up to date information free of cost. In developed countries we rarely see "Noma", and lectures from Sudan and other third world countries can bring this into our classrooms. In return our lectures on Type I diabetes and caries can be shared world wide. Enclosed is a detailed description on the supercourse (MS Word document) for your perusal. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Sangeeta Wadhawan BDS, MPH Ronald E. Laporte, Ph.D. DPH, Resident Director, Disease Monitoring &Telecommunication NYSDOH, Albany, NY WHO Collaborating Center USA Professor of Epidemiology Sangeeta Wadhawan 3512 Fifth Ave. Rm 310 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15261 USA Phone (412) 383-2746 Fax (412) 383-1026 Epidemiology, Global Health and the Internet Supercourse (www.pitt.edu/~super1)(super6@p...) Question: What is the best way to improve epidemiologic training worldwide? Answer: Get better lectures. Question: How do we improve lectures and research translation? Answer: Have academic faculty worldwide share their lectures: Question: Will faculty share lectures? Answer: Yes, The Supercourse has 4600 faculty from 3500 universities from 110 countries who created a Library of Lectures with 430 lectures available on the Internet and 1000 pledged with cutting edge cognitive design. This is being shared worldwide. We were funded three times by NASA, and we are now the only R01 grant on prevention funded by the National Library of Medicine. We are developing a "Library of Lectures" with passionate lectures in epidemiology, global health and the Internet. Our program consists of: 1. Shareware: A Global faculty is developing and sharing their best, most passionate lectures. This benefits all. The experienced faculty member can beef up old lectures. New instructors reduce preparation time and improve their lectures, using state of the art lecture templates from others. Faculty in developing countries have access to the latest prevention information for the first time the format is annotated Power-Point. All CDC lectures are available on our site. 2. Statistical Quality Assurance: We have established a Deming Model of Statistical Quality Control to monitor lectures over time 3. Supporting the teachers: The Library of Lectures consists of exciting template lectures by academic prevention experts in the field. The classroom teacher "takes" them out for free like a library book. We train the teacher rather than direct distance teaching of students. 4. Hypertext comic book: The lectures are icon driven, and the students can go deep into the Internet for more information. 5. Presentation Speed: We have developed technologies to speed access to lectures world wide 6. Text books: British Medical Association has put current text books online for us 7. Multilingual: For global use, the first lecture is in 8 languages 8. Faculty: Jeff Koplan, head of CDC, John Patrick, VP from IBM, and John Last, the father of preventive medicine, have provided lectures as has Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet. Four Directors of NIH Institutes have also promised lectures. 9. Leapfrogging the Digital Divide: The Internet reaches <3% of the world's population. We are copying the Supercourse on CDs and floppies to reach many more. We have submitted or published over 99 papers in leading medical journals including the Lancet, British Medical Journal, and Nature Medicine among others. Specialty Supercourses are being developed, such as in Islamic Health. A similar distribution system is being developed for Russia. WHO developed a Supercourse. We have distributed 3000 CDs worldwide as well, which are being duplicated to reach over 60,000 students and teachers. We have 31 mirrored servers across the world.