Postdoctoral Dental Education

Professional Life-Long Learning Plan

Step 2: Linking Objectives with Learning Activities and Evaluation
Step 4: Evidence of accomplishment

Step 2: Linking Objectives with Learning Activities and Evaluation

Learning Strategies and Activities

The Professional Life-Long Learning Plan (PL3P) will include:

To aid the development of your own PL3P you can refer to the table below. It contains suggested educational activities and evaluation methods for each type of learning objective. The table illustrates the way learning objectives, educational activities and evaluation/documentation methods are related and organized according to the three major domains.

To use the table select a type of learning objective you include in your PL3P, look for the educational activity that would facilitate obtaining the objective, and then look at the evaluation evaluation/documentation methods suggested for these. Select those that are feasible for you.

Learning Objectives Educational Activities Evaluation/Documentation
Cognitive Domain
Knowledge and understanding
(e.g., information gathering, learning basic facts and concepts)
CME course
Independence study of journals/ textbooks
Seminar discussion
Papers, literature review, case-based presentation, handouts
Analysis, knowledge application, problem solving, critical thinking, Synthesis, and Evaluation Seminars
Small Groups
Practical experiences
Case-based sessions
Papers, exemplary products, case presentations, portfolio, group team projects
Values/Affective Domain
Interpersonal and professional skills, receiving, responding, valuing, organization Small groups
Role Models
Reflective Exercises
Papers, journals, self-assessment checklists or questioning, rating scales, elaborated homework assignments (e.g., videotaping, interviewing, participation in Internet professional forum discussions)
Skills/Psychomotor Domain
Clinical Skills including all observation, imitation, practice and adaptation Laboratories
Provision of dental care (including direct observation, supervision, and feedback)
Chart audits and patient records, documented case presentations (including before and after pictures, x-rays), products, portfolio, clinical evaluation checklists or rating scales