2019 Winners & Finalists
Chera LaForge – Winner. Chera is an associate professor of Political Science at Indiana University East. She was nominated for her activity, “Podcasting and the Public Voice” where her students produced three podcasts on the presidential campaign cycle. Each 15-minute podcast required research, writing, recording, and editing to create a professional product. The students initially felt intimidated by the challenge, but by the end of the semester, they acknowledged how much they enjoyed this part of the course. Each recording went above and beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment and students were more confident in talking about the campaigns afterward.
Jacquelyn Singleton – Winner. Jacquelyn, an Assistant Professor in Elementary Education, was nominated for her work titled “Reading Clinic.” Jacquelyn and the IU Southeast School of Education founded Reading Clinic for senior Elementary-Education majors to help struggling readers from New Albany-Floyd County Schools. The Reading Clinic meets the needs of approximately 60 struggling readers and allows elementary age students to attend the Reading Clinic at no cost. 30 IUS education students gain valuable service learning experiences providing direct instruction to students. Jacquelyn has received support from the Horseshoe Foundation to provide free tutoring and reading books, teaching materials, and iPads to assess and track student progress for years to come. Reading Clinics are held three times per year.
Creative Uses of Online Tools
Andrea Quenette – Winner. Andrea is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at IU East. Andrea was nominated for her work titled “Using Twitter to Simulate Real-World Events in the Classroom.” This activity involved four simulated real-world events that students engaged with through Twitter. Students were assigned specific roles such as journalist or government official. They worked through simulated terrorist attacks, reading, researching, and connecting current events, actual media coverage, and other web tools and resources to the simulated scenarios. They collaborated, discussed, debated, integrated and applied course content via Twitter. Students reported that they enjoyed the class and how it encouraged them to have greater attention to detail in current news and media content.
Skills Across the Curriculum
Lisa Russell and Aaron Setterdahl – Winner. Lisa and Aaron, both from IUS, were selected as a finalist for their activity “Let’s Talk… Making Beer!” The exercise leverages students’ thinking skills, improves students’ overall understanding and most importantly increases student-material, student-student, student-teacher, and student-larger-world interactions. In this activity, students are paired in small groups and provided with fresh ingredients involved in the beer making process and are given ‘fill in the blank’ study guides to describe the process. This process encourages students to learn and apply critical thinking and engagement skills across the curriculum.
Eric Robinson and Joshua Danish. Both from the School of Education at IUB, Eric and Joshua were nominated for their work entitled “Cities on the Edge of War Game.” This activity included a 6-week-long immersive board game. The students played the role of different faction leaders in different city states during the period leading up to and during the Peloponnesian War. They worked together to decide whether to build their military, move military units, make alliances, etc. Student learning matched or, in some cases, surpassed that of students in a traditional lecture course. The majority said in a post semester survey that this was the best course they had ever taken in their entire time at IU.
Brenda Bailey-Hughes. Brenda is a Senior Lecturer in the IUB Kelley School of Business. She was nominated for her activity titled “Global Intelligence: A Burmese American Community Institute and Hutton Honors College Collaboration.” The Burmese American Community Institute serves Indianapolis’s community of over 19,000 Burmese refugees. Each of the last two falls, Brenda’s students have partnered with the institute on special projects such as collaborating with college-bound refugees to complete their college and scholarship essays. IU students practice their intercultural communication skills and last year there was a 100 percent enrollment in post-secondary institutions for students who participated in the project.
Lesa Huber. Lesa, from the School of Public Health at IUB, was nominated for her work titled “Community/University Partnerships that Build Dementia Friendly Communities.” This hybrid model of training for local businesses interested in becoming Dementia Friendly became a learning strategy to combine online content with face-to-face interaction between a student and one local business representative. This project amplified the reach of IU Health’s DFB initiative, with over 120 business contacts since August 2017. Over 75 percent of students agreed that the DFB project enriched their perspective on being a public health professional, and 83 percent agreed that the DFB project helped them apply knowledge learned in the course to a real-life situation.
Creative Uses of Online Tools
Dawn Kutza. Dawn is a Lecturer in the Kelley School of Business and was nominated for her activity titled “Team-Based Peer-Evaluation & Self Reflection.” The Communication and Professional Skills Department within the Kelley School of Business integrated the self-and-peer-evaluation tool Qualtrics 360 into three years of its curriculum. The tool provides students with longitudinal anonymous peer-feedback on teamwork, communication, and leadership, identifying specific areas for improvement and creating self-awareness, reflection, and personal growth. The easy-to-read reports help Dawn address global concerns and personalized learning goals for each student. Student feedback showed student’s reflections and a new self-awareness for future group projects.
Skills Across the Curriculum
David Kim. David is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at IU East. He was nominated for his work titled “Through the Lens of Justice: Body Camera Experimentation.” In this activity, his students wear body cameras like those used by current U.S. Law Enforcement and walk to public areas, record two hours of footage, and observe how their own behavior, in addition to the public’s behavior, changed due to the presence of the cameras. His students wrote reflective papers after the activity. He received feedback such as "... the body camera assignment was a great way to help gain knowledge on a whole other perspective that I did not think I would get to see for this class!"
Arkadiusz Mironko. Arkadiusz is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Entrepreneurship at IU East. He was nominated for his activity “Bringing an International Business Challenge to IUE.” This activity includes an external, collaborative, and live business project and participation with collaborating teams from 40 universities in the US and abroad. The project teams are comprised of 4-5 participants from different universities and countries and encourage students to work together to find new markets or attractions for new businesses. Students have reported that they have a better understanding and that evaluations from external reviewers of their work prove to be an effective hands-on method of learning.
2018 Winners & Finalists
Learning how to Learn:
Miranda Yaggi - Miranda is a lecturer of business communication at IU Bloomington. She was nominated for her class activity, “Sticky Revision Workshop,” which challenges student teams to apply a rigorous, systematic approach to their ongoing writing process, encompassing continual brainstorming, drafting, and revision. In the workshop students engage each other in debate and discussion capturing ideas on sticky notes and coming to consensus on a well-structured logical argument.
Rhonda Wrzenski - Rhonda is an associate professor of political science at IU Southeast. She was nominated for her assignment, “Predicting a Toss-Up Congressional Election in the Classroom,” which asks student teams to use to select a competitive Congressional race to follow over the course of the semester. Students submit mini reports on different facets of their race at five different points in the semester, including an election-day prediction. The students then integrate their mini reports into a final report.
Lisa Russell - Lisa is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at IUS. She was nominated for her activity “The Final Countdown: A Design for Helping Students Implement Business Strategies,” which leverages students’ thinking skills—comprehension, synthesis, and evaluation—to improve students’ overall understanding of functional responsibilities and functional implications when a company pursues a new strategy. The exercise uses groups of 3-5 students to act as Top Management Teams of a company and use 30 minutes to discuss scenarios, implications, and implementation tasks for functional areas. This exercise allows students to incorporate pre-existing knowledge of business while experiencing the way top managers integrate multiple functional area responsibilities into a cohesive overall strategic decision-making process.
Creative Uses of Online Tools:
Sridhar Ramachandran - Sridhar is an associate professor of informatics at IU Southeast. He was nominated for the activity, “Google Maps for student empowerment,” which asks first year students to develop a google map/database of alumni that they share with junior and senior students. First year students gain perspective on the field and the potential it offers for careers in a personally relevant activity that connects them with the program’s juniors and seniors creating a feeling of community and belonging.
Angela Coppola - Angela is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Co-Director of the Applied and Community Research Center at IUK. She was nominated for her activity ”Informing Outreach Methods for the Howard County Health Department’s Overdose Rescue Kit Program,” which involved students in sharing a report for recommendations to improve outreach methods. This project was used as a service-learning approach to provide students with experience in the role that Certified Health Education Specialists would play in improving health programs. The goal was to foster civic engagement through a professional and personally meaningful learning experience. Lastly, this service-learning activity was an opportunity for students to serve the HCHD and play a role in addressing the opioid epidemic in Howard County and Indiana.
Learning how to Learn:
Suzanne Menzel - Suzanne is a lecturer in computer science at IU Bloomington. She was nominated for her class activity, “Say My Name,” which is about overcoming stereotype threat. Students learn about stereotype threat and receive several examples. They leverage their lived experiences to write coping strategies so as to inoculate themselves against performance-dampening effects of stereotype threat.
Kathy L. Ritchie - Kathy is an associate professor of psychology at IU South Bend. She was nominated for her assignment, “The Self-Reflective Writing Assignment,” which helps students become independent learners as they develop not just writing skills, but how to effectively use guidance in the form of instructor comments. The assignment essentially leads to a written “dialogue” between the instructor and the students concerning their writing.
Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick - Julie is an associate professor of women’s studies at IUPUC. She was nominated for her five assignment sequence, “Reflection, Analysis, Assessment, and Synthesis: Student Investment and Writing across the Course,” which culminates in a synthesis of four scaffolding papers. The sequence provides students with lower stakes opportunities to learn the thinking and writing skills needed for a successful seminar paper.
Jeanne Johnston - Jeanne is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at IUB. She was nominated for her activity “Interactive Cancer Case Studies,” which encourages students to use case based learning to practice effective communication, assessment, and program development in a diseased population. The students work in pairs and play both the role of trainer and client and this provides them with the opportunity to practice their interview skills, test their knowledge, receive feedback, and personally reflect on their performance.
Christopher Young and Joseph Ferrandino - Both at IUN, Christopher is an Associate Professor of History and Joseph Ferrandino is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. They were nominated for their activity, “Using GIS to Engage with and Learn History,” which helps students learn American History within the context of geography through a series of projects. These projects are designed to make learning collaborative, participatory, flexible, innovative, and visual to allow history to come alive for students through mapping. Using GIS in history courses was an approach adopted so students could “see” the history they were reading and where it occurred in the context of geography and topography.
Creative Uses of Online Tools:
Christian Rogers - Christian is an assistant professor of computer graphics technology at IUPUI. He was nominated for his activity, “EASEL: An App to Support Reflection and Content in Real Time,” which uses a mobile app to help students engage in metacognitive activity in real time. The app allows an instructor to assign reflection questions, review content, assign photo and video tasks, or have students check in to a location. Tasks can be released at a certain location or a certain time or to particular students.
Tara Kingsley - Tara is an assistant professor of education at IU Kokomo. She was nominated for the activity, “Classroom Gamification,” which prompts students to become lesson planning ninjas. In this game, students complete quests, or activities, which are challenges performed to engage in course content. Badges, achievements, and rewards signify rank and provide feedback to students to document their progress. Students level up as they master content, ultimately achieving a lesson plan they can be proud of.
Erin Doss - Erin is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at IUK. She was nominated for her activity “Social Media Campaigns Service Learning Project,” which engaged students with hands-on experience with social media campaigns. Her motivation for using this activity was to give students the understanding of how to deal with challenges as they arise and wanted students to create and implement a campaign they could become invested in and could discuss in future job interviews. She also used this project to involve the community, especially with small businesses who struggle to create or maintain a strong online presence.
Jared Allsop - Jared is a Lecturer of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at IUB. He was nominated for his activity “IU and Me,” which is a community engagement program that allows for direct interactions between IU students and individuals with disabilities. “IU and Me” Allows IU’s Recreational Therapy students to directly interact with individuals with disabilities in the community and allows them to conduct assessments, develop treatment goals/objectives for real clients, provide meaningful therapeutic programming, and participate in clinical documentation. “IU and Me” has partnered with StoneBelt, a local agency that works with adults with cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities, to give their clients free RT programming and interaction with 45 energetic IU students.
2017 Winners & Finalists
Rob Elliott, IUPUI, SpyHunter: the Covert Intelligence Gathering Team (C.I.G.T.)
Rob is a lecturer of Computer Information Technology at IUPUI. To complete the SpyHunter activity, students split into five teams and assume the roles of secret agents tasked with finding a suspect. Introducing the activity as a game not only helps to decrease the stress that comes with learning a complicated topic, it also lets the students have fun.
Jessica Henderson, IUK, Student-generated Social Marketing for Community Engagement in Sexual Violence Prevention
Jessica is an assistant professor at IU Kokomo. She has been nominated for her project, “Student-generated Social Marketing for Community Engagement in Sexual Violence Prevention." Students created and presented evidence-based messages about sexual violence prevention on campus and in the community. This assignment not only gave students hands-on experience in community engagement, but also served the campus and local community.
Creative Uses of Online Tools:
Tara Kingsley, IUK, Newberry Novel VoiceThread Project
Tara is an assistant professor of education at IU Kokomo. Tara has been nominated for her project, “Newbery Novel VoiceThread Project," which had students work collaboratively through Canvas as they created a handout and a “booktalk” over their assigned novel. The assignment required students to work effectively as a group, and the use of online tools taught students the benefits group work can have.
Finalists for Intensive Writing:
Clark Barwick, IUB, Getting Coffee: Coffee Shop Analysis Final Essay
Clark is a lecturer of business communication at the Kelley School of Business. He has been nominated for his final assignment, “Getting Coffee: Coffee Shop Analysis Final Essay," which had students apply course material to analyze and write about a local coffee shop of their choice. This assignment allowed students to connect class content to their actual lives while inspiring active consumerism as students analyzed through the lens of global trade and social justice.
Learning How to Learn:
Linda Wright-Bower, IPFW, Signuature Art: Creativity Assignment #1
Linda is an assistant professor in the music therapy program at IUFW. She was nominated for her project, “Signature Art: Creativity Assignment #1," which invites students to create a work of art based on their own personal signature. She challenges students to express their personality in their work and to trust their own creativity, so they learn they are capable of being creative.
Deborah Judge, IUPUC, Building Bridges: Collaboration Between Two Schools of Nursing
Deborah is an assistant professor at the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC. She has been nominated for her activity, “Building Bridges: Collaboration Between Two Schools of Nursing." Students participated in the one day event which consisted of scenarios that might occur if a level 4 tornado came through a small town. The activity allowed students to use their skills in a practice setting while engaging with healthcare team members of another school who may practice differently than them.
Melinda Stanley, IUK, Escape the Module
Melinda is a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo. She has been nominated for her activity, “Escape the Module," which is modeled after popular escape rooms. The activity had students work together online on Canvas, searching for hidden clues to progress through the assignment. Making the activity a game helps keeps students engaged, while also increasing networking between students in the class.
Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, IUPUC,Service Learning in Literature: Mounted library Exhibition with Service Learning Community-wide Presentation and Discussion
Julie is a professor at IUPUC. She has been nominated for her project, “Service Learning in Literature: Mounted Library Exhibition with Service Learning Community-Wide Presentation and Discussion." Students worked together as a class to prepare and implement a multimedia exhibit, presentation, and discussion on Sylvia Plath and other feminist writers. Students visited different libraries, reading over 10,000 pages, and planned their own event for the community.
Tatiana Kolovou, IUB, Influential Communication across Cultures
Tatiana is a senior lecturer in the Kelley School of Business. Tatiana has been nominated for her project, “Influential Communication Across Cultures." Students worked with a Greek swimwear company, Terra Nation, to help them enter the U.S. market. The project gave students the opportunity to travel to Greece and work with professionals of another culture.
Creative Uses of Online Tools:
Christina Ivanova and Amanda Hanson, IUK, Digital Story
Christina is a visiting lecturer in English/Language Arts at IU Kokomo. She has been nominated for her assignment, “Digital Story," which had students use multimedia tools to present challenges that they’ve faced in their lives. This gave students an opportunity to present in a classroom setting while growing closer to their classmates in the process.
Todd Peabody, IUB, Practice Transition Analysis Presentation
Todd is a clinical associate professor and director of continuing education at the IU School of Optometry. He has been nominated for his assignment, “Practice Transition Analysis Presentation," which has students present their final projects using Zoom and VideoAnt. The assignment gave students the opportunity to practice presenting in a safe environment while receiving feedback on their projects before they presented to a panel of practicing optometrists.
Jessica Henderson, IUK, Disease Case Study: Real People--Real Problems
Jessica has been nominated for her assignment, “Disease Case Study: Real People, Real Problems." This case study had students interview and write about a person of their choice who lives with a chronic illness. This assignment prepared students for the national exam to become a Certified Health Education specialist and helped them make the connection between disease and “real life."
Erinn Kelley, IUSB, Using Quotations in First Year Writing
Erinn is an English professor at IU South Bend. She has been nominated for her assignment, “Using Quotations in First Year Writing," which works on strengthening students’ ability to use direct quotations in their writing through a 12-minute video presentation. By using a video instead of lecturing, Erinn had more class time to focus on student questions and address challenges that they might face.
Learning How to Learn:
Debora Herold, IUPUI, Testing your Memory
Deb is a senior lecturer of psychology at IUPUI. She has been nominated for her in-class activity, “Testing Your Memory," which teaches students class concepts through experience. Students participate in five memory demonstrations in class, which allowed students to connect the concepts they learn in class to actual experiences and their own lives.
Joshua Mugg, IUK, Reattempt Commentaries
Joshua is a lecturer of philosophy at IU Kokomo. His assignments, “Reattempt Commentaries," has students complete 8 written responses to their class readings, one of which they complete as a group. Joshua doesn’t penalize students who make mistakes, but instead helps them learn from them.