The availability of open-access videos offered by dental schools

Marco Antonio Dias da Silva, Andresa Costa Pereira, Anthony Damien Walmsley

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BACKGROUND: The Internet has become an established learning tool in dental education where students can access online videos on a range of dental subjects. However, finding reliable peer-reviewed content is not straightforward.

AIM: To evaluate the video content offered by UK and Republic of Ireland (RoI) Dental Schools on their YouTube channels and public websites.

METHODS: Free videos offered on UK and RoI Dental schools websites and YouTube channels were watched and set according to its purpose, as educational or non-educational. The number of views, length, category and date of publication were analysed.

RESULTS: A total of 627 videos offered by dental courses were evaluated. Videos were available on 83% of the websites, but only 9% was educational content. Dental courses YouTube channels received more than 2.3 million views, but less than 5% of the material offered is educational. Instructional videos found on the websites (3.2 min) were shorter than those found on YouTube (8.5 min) (P = .03). The majority of the videos, provided by Universities, were not educational and focused on promoting the dental courses. Most websites have demonstrated a password-protected area where quality content may be offered.

CONCLUSION: Students wishing to watch instructional videos will find limited educational content provided by UK and RoI dental courses. Therefore, they are likely to access course-related material elsewhere on the Internet that may not be necessarily peer-reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-526
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Issue number4
Early online date20 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska‐Curie grants.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd


  • complimentary content
  • online learning
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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