Classroom Innovations in the Spotlight at Annual Faculty Poster Session

Written by Jenna Pizzi
Published on May 15, 2017

Education Innovations Poster SessionHelping students develop empathy for patients, lowering student stress levels with more active study techniques, and using a debate format to engage students in traditionally “boring” topics were just three of the classroom innovations that faculty presented a poster session on Friday, May 12, 2017.

The Annual Educational Innovations Poster Session, hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center, was held in the Athletic Recreation Center Multipurpose room where fellow faculty members, staff and administrators discussed the innovative ideas and fill out evaluations of the posters. The posters are divided into two award categories: The Patricia Leahy Award for Learning Innovations and the Bright Idea Awards.

The Leahy award was established in memory of faculty member Patricia Leahy to acknowledge efforts to increase their students' learning through innovative teaching practices. To be considered for the Leahy Award the innovation must have been implemented several times and there needs to be assessment data showing that the innovation leads to improved student learning. Some of the faculty members are ready to submit or have already submitted their ideas to peer reviewed professional journals.

The Bright Idea Awards honor creative ways faculty are teaching or assessing students, including the use of educational technology. Innovative teaching that has been implemented once and does not yet have formal assessment data to show its effectiveness is eligible for the Bright Idea Award.

All of the faculty work will be disseminated to the entire campus community by the Teaching and Learning center in an effort to improve teaching and learning and encourage innovation.

The winners of each award will be announced on June 8, 2017.

2017 Education Innovations Poster Session

Leahy Faculty Award nominees:

“Evidence Driven Development of a STEM Pedagogy Using A ‘Scaffolding’ Approach to Improve Student Learning” by Madhu Mahalingam PhD, Elisabeth Morlino PhD, and Elisabetta Fasella PhD. 

“CPR Leadership Team: Student-Led CPR Training for Peers, Faculty/Staff, Community Members” by Angela Bingham, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP; Michael Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM; Laura Finn, CGP, RPh; James Hollands, PharmD, BCPS- AQ Cardiology; Diane Morel, PhD.

“Developing Student Empathy Towards Patients in a Book Club Course” by Alice Scaletta, PharmD, BCACP.

“Promoting Deep Learning and Integrated Learning through a Combined Case Study and Practical Exam” by Adele Breen-Franklin OTD, JD, OTR/L, Teresa Rhett-Davis MS, OTR/L, Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.

Bright Idea Award nominees:

“Use of a Modified Oxford Debate to Teach Ethics and Engage Physical Therapy Students” by Shelly Lewis PT, DPT.

“Teaching the ‘Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process’ through the use of simulation” by Lisa Charneski PharmD and Amy McLaughlin.

“Cervical Traction Training Program: Utilizing Biofeedback and Motor Learning Principles” by Eric Folkins, PT, DPT, OCS.

“Development and use of evidence-based rubrics for manuscript style papers to assess, grade, and improve student learning” by Namrata Grampurohit, PhD, OTR/L.

“Enhancement of a Multidisciplinary Approach to a Medical Literature Evaluation Project in a Second-year Pharmacy Course” By Lisa Charneski PharmD, Gary Sloskey PharmD, BCPS, Justin Everett PhD, Cristina Hanganu-Bresch PhD, Dan Benau PhD.

“Incorporation of a one-day certificate program into a longitudinal elective course” by Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP; Elizabeth Harris, PharmD, BCACP.

“A Poverty Simulation Game to Facilitate Student Understanding of the Challenges of Urban Poverty” by Yardlee Kauffman PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CPH, Nicholas Owens PharmD, BCPS.

“Inclusion of an International Interprofessional Medical Mission Trip as part of an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience” by Yvonne L. Phan, PharmD, BCPS, Thaddeus McGiness, PharmD, BCPS, Jessica Adams, PharmD, AAHIVP, Shelley Otsuka, PharmD, BCACP, Jennifer N. Smith, PharmD, BCPS.

“From Class to Capstone Project to Real World Offering, Creation of a Continuing Legal/Continuing Pharmacy Education Program by Students and Faculty” by Danny Benau PhD and Darshan Kulkarni PharmD, Esq.

“Interprofessional Management of the Geriatric Patient with a Focus on Medication Appropriateness and Communication with the Caregiver” by Laura Finn, CGP, RPh, and Deborah Summers, MS, PA-C. 

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