2017 Featured Teacher: Andre Farquharson, DDS.
Associate Professor, Andre Farquharson is always eager to find more effective ways to reach his students and to help his colleagues. He applies innovative techniques to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment in the field of dentistry. A graduate of Howard’s College of Dentistry, Dr. Farquharson returned to his alma mater to teach in the Division of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in 2001 and soon became a pioneer in professional development. Since CETLA opened in 2003, he has earned credit for more than 30 workshops. In the process, he has earned Blackboard, Distance-Learning, Smart Room, and Information Literacy certification. He has also completed all of the training for Writing Across the Curriculum certification. He oversees the College’s eAssessment software, ExamSoft and trains colleagues in its use. Moreover, he was among the first to pilot-test the Tegrity video-capture application, the Prezi presentation tool, and among the first to explore the Blackboard Content System. He was one of the first Howard University faculty to try “flipping the classroom,” using Tegrity, Blackboard and Collaboration. Dr. Farquharson is what we call an early adopter of new technologies. At the same time, he has worked hard to make sure “no dentistry professor is left behind.” As a result of his leadership in innovative techniques and practices, he was invited to give a guest lecture for CETLA’s Guest lecture series to share his experience with other faculty. He also served as the key note speaker for the 2017 Interdisciplinary Active Learning Retreat sponsored by CETLA, the College of Medicine, Office of Faculty Development and the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library.
Read more about Dr. Farquharson's efforts in piloting a new software called ExamSoft, an electronic high stakes examination tool in the College of Dentistry.