Limited faculty and classroom resources make it difficult to regularly offer low enrollment courses, esp. course sequences. As a solution, I propose to schedule two or more courses with overlapping topics or from course sequences in the same time slot in the same room. This would facilitate a community of students with similar interests but differing levels of experience. These courses need to be fully developed as hybrid courses with online components and in-class active learning group activities. As an example, I will present my vision for a learning community for the Health Physics track. An existing Radiochemistry class could be added as well. I will outline the envisioned benefits to student learning as well as the logistics of such a model.
Presenter(s): Joerg Reinhold, Physics
Little did I imagine attending a COIL session in April 2019 would lead to a fantastic two-year growth journey for myself and my students. Collaborating with the Frost museum, the Jorge Perez Metro Research Center, Writing Center, Career Center, COIL, GL, and Library allows students to explore the rich learning and professional enhancement opportunities at FIU. In this presentation, we will share how we used synchronous and asynchronous activities to enhance student collaborations with fellow students in India; the discovery of art exhibits featuring women, politics, and place; and the examination of South Florida issues.
Presenter(s): Nicki Fraser, Public Policy & Administration; Britney Broxton, Center for Excellence in Writing; Anthony Wooten, Public Policy & Administration; Ivanna Buraye, Public Policy & Administration; Derrick Boakye Boadu, Public Policy & Administration
BOLD is a student-run communications agency within CARTA’s Department of Communication. During the COVID-19, BOLD served as a solution for both clients and students. Supporting multiple university departments, BOLD was key in keeping our students engaged throughout the pandemic. In this presentation, I will share how BOLD supported our students and community by exploring new opportunities, eliminating distance as an obstacle.
Presenter(s): Lilianne Savinon, Communication
The FIU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program prepares advanced practice nurses to assume leadership roles in health care delivery and education. The curriculum is focused on a number of competencies including how to successfully collaborate across disciplines and develop strategic partnerships. Although the pandemic presented a number of challenges for identifying DNP mentorship opportunities, there were a number of unique opportunities. This presentation will share how faculty created a special course section for DNP students focused on developing pandemic related DNP projects and provided students with the opportunity to learn from multiple preceptors and actively participate in virtual patient interviews as part of a longitudinal study.
Presenter(s): Ellen Brown, Nursing (Graduate); Vanessa Gordon, Nursing (Graduate); Yhovana Gordon, Nursing and Health Sciences Deans Office
Originally conceptualized in response to the lack of accessibility linguistically and culturally diverse students experience when engaging in complex problem-solving at school, an "ethos of intentionally" integrates critical reflection, meaningful action, and the three tenets of culturally responsive practice (i.e., high expectations, cultural competence, and critical consciousness)(Glazewski & Ertmer, 2020; Ladson-Billings, 1995). This poster shares the context of a music teaching methods course and the implementation of a project-based learning approach designed with an ethos of intentionality to explore the possibilities of preparing diverse preservice music educators to be culturally responsive in the music classroom.
Presenter(s): Sandra Adorno, Music
The purpose of this project was to develop a Florida International University (FIU) nursing pathway within the Career Development Course focusing on the needs of undergraduate nursing students. Resources related to Graduate Nursing Programs, Job Outlooks for Nurses, Nurse Residency Programs, and Introduction to NCLEX were included within the pathway. A pre-assessment survey was conducted. This presentation will discuss student responses and how the nursing pathway can help prepare them for their nursing career and refine their future goals.
Presenter(s): Ivette Hidalgo, Nursing (Undergraduate); Rosa Roche, Nursing (Graduate)
A nationwide transition to distance learning among programs of higher learning compelled Nurse Anesthesia faculty to quickly adopt non-traditional teaching strategies to ensure seamless instruction and learning experiences for student registered nurse anesthetists across the country whose learning was abruptly halted by COVID-19. In the absence of a traditional face to face instruction journal club, a valued pedagogy of clinical practice and medical education, gamification, and remote simulation were launched to foster scholarly engagement and bridge the educational gap for students. This presentation will discuss how a journal club and game-based learning are innovative teaching strategies to prepare the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
Presenter(s): Yasmine Campbell, Nursing (Graduate); Valerie Diaz, Nursing (Graduate)
To increase their marketability, advertising students needed a vehicle to showcase their creative talent while working with actual clients. In 2014, Margo Berman introduced two interactive, portfolio-building courses: 1) Advanced Concepts in Copy and Design: Portfolio Building (ADV 4101) and 2) Advanced Creativity: Portfolio Workshop (ADV 4711). Running since their inception six years ago, these experiential-learning classes have enabled students to develop multi-platform projects for diverse clients. This presentation will discuss how the classes were delivered and the impact on student engagement, collaboration, and learning.
Presenter(s): Margo Berman, Communication
Writing group programs provide grad students with the chance to write with peers, facilitated by a writing consultant. At FIU’s Center for Excellence in Writing, the evolution of the Graduate Writing Mentorship Program (GWMP) has shown that virtual formats for conducting these programs are as effective (if not more) as physical ones. In this presentation, we’ll focus on the evolution of the GWMP from a general program to a more structured virtual one. By continuously innovating the program and tracking its progress over a year, a clearer understanding appears evident of how grad students have the support and self-autonomy to engage in an environment, where they set goals, progress, and represent FIU as Worlds Ahead in academics.
Presenter(s): Adrian Salgado, English; Xuan Jiang, English
Generation Z student, currently in our classrooms, with a mobile device in hand and a laptop computer sitting on the side, poses a challenge to any instructor. Attention spans are shrinking. Kahoot! a mobile-based, free app catches the attention of the students, it harnesses the source of distraction. This presentation will share a study aimed at measuring the efficacy of Kahoot! as a formative and summative learning assessment tool by administering a pre-quiz to the students in the first week of the semester and then administering the same quiz at the end of the semester.
Presenter(s): Anjana Mishra, Politics & International Relations
This poster describes the real-time lessons learned teaching in the COB "Hy-Flex" modality in fall 2020. HyFlex was designed to balance demands for in-room with pandemic precaution. A class of 53 MSHRM students, 80% incoming, was taught synchronously at I-75 with 20% in-room and 80% in-zoom. This poster describes the modifications made to the use of technology, teacher behavior, and student roles in both the class- and zoom-rooms resulting in improved participation and engagement based on SPOTs and student feedback. Key lessons include re-evaluating the balance of individual- vs. team-based assignments, use of self-assessments, use of grounding practices, and the expectation of syllabus fluidity over the semester in a synchronous space.
Presenter(s): Chris Altizer, Global Leadership and Management
COVID 19 has disrupted education for everyone in both the public and private sector as well as the primary, secondary, and tertiary educational settings. Pandemic teaching is not only teaching during a pandemic but navigating experiences where possibilities are ever-evolving and negotiable. This presentation will discuss the challenges with teaching in the three modes (face to face, remote, and online) during a pandemic and how it was mitigated will be discussed. The discussion will include providing space for the socioemotional wellbeing of students and educators during these uncertain times and the apps used for academic and emotional success.
Presenter(s): Keisha McIntyre-McCullough, Teaching & Learning; Natalie Carro, Teaching & Learning; Carolyn Reid-Brown, Special Education (Bloomsburg University)
Zoom was implemented before COVID and during COVID, and it became a lifeline for faculty and staff. Similarly, it also brings advantages to students. A notable one is the ability to attend classes and meetings without having to commute, which is especially beneficial for most of our busy students. This presentation will share how meetings with voluntary attendance and one-on-one meetings were used in an online course and the opportunities for connection and learning they provided students.
Presenter(s): Rosa Chang, Criminology & Criminal Justice
To respond proactively to the pandemic, the Libraries moved many services and programs online. Providing online services is nothing new for librarians; using the technologies available to replicate and improve on the outcomes these services have on student learning has required creativity and new ways of thinking. To this end, we increased our digital output to offer support, allowing students to interact in ways that mimic face-to-face library services. To increase visibility we adapted popular events to online modalities to enrich student engagement. Several other unique opportunities not feasible in a physical setting came to fruition, allowing us to enhance student success.
Presenter(s): Christopher Jimenez, Libraries; Elana Karshmer, Libraries; Sarah Hammill, Libraries
The development of clinical competencies is of significant importance in Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) education; therefore, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic freeze on in-person simulation trainings, new methods to deliver Objective Standardized Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) were developed. COVID-19 continues to impact APN programs and has temporarily led to limitations in quality practice experiences. This presentation will share how remote OSCEs have been developed as an innovative teaching strategy to provide realistic and safe methods to assess student’s critical thinking and to provide meaningful practice experiences.
Presenter(s): Deana Goldin, Nursing (Graduate); Ariel Fuentes, Nursing (Graduate)
Instructors of large online surveys face multiple challenges in cultivating course community and encouraging engagement. This presentation offers a holistic model for fostering student-to-instructor communication and peer-to-peer exchange in remotely taught courses of 45+ students. It discusses applications of two platforms in particular: Slack and Nearpod. It details how to efficiently integrate Slack as the communication medium for a large course, and how to use Nearpod as a tool for flipping online Zoom session to encourage student agency in live sessions. The presentation shows how “Slackpodding” strategies help instructors save time, be more present in the virtual classroom, and foster a sense of community in online courses.
Presenter(s): Lindsey Maxwell, History
This presentation will discuss the challenge of safely teaching a physical course while adhering to Coronavirus Safety protocol in a Stage Combat course. Stage Combat teaches Actors to safely perform fight choreography for the Stage and Screen. I will share course design, instructional, and logistical changes made to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic and the outcomes for student success and learning in the course.
Presenter(s): Danny Mitan, Theatre
This presentation discusses how a service learning community activity for nursing students during the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic fostered and developed their professional involvement with the community. We will share how we evaluated the effect of service learning on nursing students’ cultural competence, knowledge, and community engagement while participating in community-based clinical activities with Covid-19.
Presenter(s): Rosa Roche, Nursing (Graduate); Vanessa Gordon, Nursing (Graduate); Yhovana Gordon, Nursing and Health Sciences Deans Office
As part of the "Tao of Sports" honors college course, students run a 10K (6.2 miles). The assignment includes writing a training plan, showing evidence of following the plan, and a final paper describing the experience. In Spring of 2020, 23 of the 25 completed the 10K, with several students overachieving to run a half marathon (13.1 miles), and one student completed a full marathon (26.2 miles). This presentation will share student feedback regarding the assignment, which ranged from simple happiness in the outcome of their run to some experiencing life transformation.
Presenter(s): Joseph Lichter, Honors College
In my Classical Dramatic Literature class, one of the main learning objectives is for students to be able to read and understand complex classical texts from Shakespeare and Marlowe. This semester, I created six videos that guided students through important scenes and helped them break down the text. This presentation will share the use of PlayPosit’s innovative interactive features, student feedback regarding the benefits of these features, and the impact on student learning and engagement.
Presenter(s): Ivan Lopez, Theatre
Digital technology is transforming the dynamics of professional and personal communication. The COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) experience allows the unexpected opportunity for a virtual transformation of the interpersonal relations between students from two different cultures. This presentation will share how the COIL experience challenged students and what it meant for student connection and learning.
Presenter(s): Anna Pietraszek, Marketing & Logistics; Wendy Guess, Marketing & Logistics
The presentation will showcase my Writing as Social Action student's collaborative virtual protest. We hope to inspire creativity and encourage others to take risks to explore different platforms to give more agency to student’s voices in a remote environment.
Presenter(s): Kacee Belcher, English