Grants

Funded Projects
Instructional Development Fund (IDF)
Project Title Overview of the Project
Communication and Case Studies in Nursing Education
Jade Burns
Nursing

$500.00

To better support our faculty members at the School of Nursing to adopt inclusive teaching as a mindset and to and incorporate various materials into their courses and curriculum design, the School of Nursing developed an inclusive teaching checklist modeled after the CRLT checklist and also a teaching Canvas site. These resources guide faculty members to create inclusive syllabi and course materials, set inclusive classroom norms and guidelines, maintain inclusivity over the course, and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion-related materials related to health into course materials. Currently however, there is a need for more complex case studies specific to different nursing courses that faculty can use to spark student discussions and facilitate their understanding of how various social identities influence nursing and health. Furthermore, there is also a need for communication guidelines on how to listen deeply to give and receive feedback during sensitive moments. Therefore, the CRLT Instructional Development Grant will be used to organize and facilitate a writing retreat for nursing faculty to develop case studies relevant to their individual courses and will be used to develop a brief 3-5 minute video on giving and receiving feedback.
Connect and Assess
Daicia Price
Social Work

$500.00

An interdisciplinary group including medicine, nursing, and social work was formed for the purpose of providing Michigan graduate and undergraduate students with an interdisciplinary, experiential learning experience in a community setting. The project will use the funding to purchase the Michigan Model of Health. This grade-specific curriculum will be brought into the classrooms of Dixon Educational Learning Academy. At the same time, these health care students will use their assessment skills to identify physical, social, emotional and learning needs.
Adding an Experiential Dimension to Introduction to Judaism

$400.00

When we learn about the religious traditions of our own heritage communities, it is typically a multi-sensory and immersive experience only loosely connected to the official beliefs of a given religious community. When we are taught about the religious traditions of other heritage communities, it is a very different experience. The first real consideration of non-heritage religious traditions frequently happens at the college level through the mediation of secondary sources or even textbook descriptions of a tradition’s official tenets. The contrast is not benign. One tradition is experienced as a living tradition-—alive, multifaceted, complicated, and rich in sensory experience. The other is experienced through a flattened description given at second hand-—devoid of complexity or moving sensory associations. Moreover, since introductory courses often elide this formal difference, students may be tempted to attribute the unflattering contrast to the religious traditions themselves. This project seeks funding to break down this dichotomy by introducing new students of Judaism in "What is Judaism" (Introduction to Judaism) to some of the smells, sounds, tastes, and textures of Judaism as a religious tradition.
Using a tablet to represent student thinking and aid in formative assessment

$500.00

I am seeking funding to buy an IPad and accessories for two teaching projects I am implementing this semester. The first project will use the tablet, almost daily, to project my representations of students' diverse numerical strategies. The second will use applications on the tablet to help me with rigorous, ongoing, real-time, formative assessment.
Impact of traditional versus virtual simulation education for pharmacists on aminoglycoside pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring

$500.00

Aminoglycosides have narrow therapeutic window and patient-specific pharmacokinetics are highly variable in hospitalized patients; therefore, necessitating intensive therapeutic drug monitoring to prevent supratherapeutic and subtherapeutic levels that can lead to clinical consequences (i.e. nephrotoxicity). It is crucial to provide effective aminoglycoside education to pharmacists. Unfortunately, there is limited data evaluating traditional compared to innovative educational interventions (i.e. computer-based patient simulation) in teaching aminoglycosides. Computer-based patient simulation technology simulates “real-life” clinical scenarios for learners to utilize their critical-thinking skills. We plan to evaluate learning outcomes (knowledge and application) and pharmacist perception of two educational activities on aminoglycosides (traditional vs computer-based simulation). We propose that implementing a computer-based patient simulation educational intervention compared to traditional education on aminoglycosides in pharmacists will improve knowledge and application scores. This study is a prospective, comparative, pilot study (pre- and post-study) will include pharmacists at Michigan Medicine that provide patient care in the adult inpatient setting.

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Scent Mediums and the Sensory Life of Religion: Experiential Learning in “Religion, Media, and Politics” course

$375.00

Mediation is central to sensory religion and religious publicity alike. In my course “Religion, Media and Politics” we consider not only the religious use of mass media technologies but also how old and new mediums -- from loudspeakers to billboards to icons to incense -- materially mediated religious sights, sounds, tastes and smells. In class, we experience first-hand the audio, visual and even tactile productions of the religious communities and movements we are studying. This grant extends such experiential learning to smell, perhaps our most overlooked and taken for granted sense. Through group activities around smelling materials and objects of religious significance, we consider how smell intersects with notions of difference, communal belonging and individual memory. This raises new ways of understanding the olfactory sensory politics not just of religion, but also of class, race and gender. It also engenders reflections on the smell-scapes of students’ own everyday life, from advertising to beauty to food.
Online lectures on Great Lake Science and Management
Karen Alofs
Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)

$500.00

The project centers on the production of a series of online video lectures by experts which will facilitate flipping the Science and Management of the Great Lakes course in the School for Environment and Sustainability. Lectures will be organized around six themes: the Great Lakes Ecosystem, Economy and Society, Water Quantity, Fisheries Management, Water Quality, Coastal Communities, and Envisioning the Future. Funding will be used to hire a student to coordinate with instructors, facilitate filming, editing and posting lectures online. Students will use the video lectures to develop background knowledge to apply during in class case-studies and discussions. Online lectures will also function as a resource for the broader audience of those interested in the sustainable management of the Great Lakes Region.
Entrepreneurship Case Study Podcasting
Brian Hayden
Engineering

$500.00

Finding Your Venture (ENTR 410) offers a uniquely practical framework for launching a new venture. Our students are bright and capable but lack context and perspective about what happens in business and startups. Guest speakers and storytelling help bridge that gap, but are sub-optimal teaching tools. It’s hard to map what a guest speaker will say to measurable learning objectives and we want to change that. I’ve begun experimenting with video and podcast case studies as a more intentional way to bring context into the classroom,. Episodes of the podcast “How I Built This” have been useful for testing the concept, but a library of case studies that we build ourselves could be even more powerful. I’ve spoken with other faculty who want to use these resources in their courses, and who will use the equipment to create more content.