University of Nebraska Medical Center

InnovatED Symposium

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Empowering minds. Innovating health care education.

The InnovatED Symposium is your opportunity to discover the newest advances in ideas, technology and teaching methodologies in health professions education. Join fellow educators from across campus to share novel and innovative teaching approaches, exchange practical strategies to implement right away, and foster new collaborations with peers. 

The inaugural event was held on Sept. 28, 2023. Plans are currently underway for 2024.

Watch the keynote presentation and see the PowerPoints for the additional sessions (requires UNMC login).


Keynote Presentation

Generative AI: Technology's Swiss Army Knife

Generative AI has captured the attention of the world to a degree that can best be described as unprecedented. From the phenom known as ChatGPT to art generators like Midjourney, this incredibly versatile technology is becoming increasingly capable. This has triggered a private sector stampede (or gold rush of sorts) whose goal is to integrate Generative AI into virtually all aspects of our daily lives. Watch presentation recording (requires UNMC login).

This inspiring session will explain how to maximize engagement with Generative AI, how the technology works, its strengths and weaknesses, and what the future might hold.

Dr. Victor Winter poses for a headshotVictor Winter, PhD
Professor of Computer Science
College of Information Science & Technology
University of Nebraska Omaha


Morning Presentations

Utilizing AI in Application Building from Start to Finish

Generative Artificial Intelligence has many potentials beyond solving problems and generating content. This workshop will walk you through step-by-step on how to assemble an application using AI tools to structure the app in a user-friendly version. You will also see examples of AI building an application based off the problem given.


Victor Winter, PhD, Professor, College of Information Science & Technology, UNO

Location & Time

Main Event Hall at 10:30 a.m.

Partnering for Career Success: Embedding Career Services into a Core Curriculum Course

Preparing students for a successful career is at the heart of the UNMC mission. To increase Career Services utilization and make resources more accessible, the College of Public Health embedded Career Services into a Master of Public Health core course. This presentation will describe how they established the relationship between the class and the service, lessons learned and student feedback on the requirement.


Shelley Strong, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health 

Brenda Nickol, MPH, Director of Career Services, College of Public Health  

Location & Time

Room C at 10:30 a.m.

Determining Assessment Factors for a JEDI Inventory of the College of Pharmacy

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) is a growing topic across campus and the nation. At UNMC, diversity inventories will be required for continuing accreditation. In this session, you'll discover how the College of Pharmacy is creating the assessment templates and will conduct the inventories. You'll also learn about the determination of the assessment factors necessary to conducting the inventories of JEDI activities. 


Ally Dering-Anderson, PharmD, RP, FAPhA, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy 

Brooke Taylor Maeda, PharmD Candidate, College of Pharmacy

Anh Tran, PharmD/MBA Candidate, College of Pharmacy 

Location & Time

Room D at 10:30 a.m.

Using the NIH Sandbox for Cloud-Based Interactive Asynchronous Education

Recent advances have propelled biological research to new heights, creating a deluge of incoming data. Unfortunately, this often leads to a data analysis bottleneck. Luckily, cloud-based interactive pipeline tutorials, with real-world example analyses, can overcome these hurdles and provide equal training and computational resource opportunities. In this session, you'll learn about 12 cloud-based computational tutorials that are designed to overcome research bottlenecks and facilitate portable bioinformatics across diverse research topics.


Jordan Rowley, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine  

Location & Time

Room C at 11:30 a.m. (speed presentation)

No New Equipment Required: Using the McGoogan Library Classroom Camera System in Instruction

Get ready to bridge the gap between in-person and online learning. Join us to discover how a built-in camera system in the library's hybrid classrooms (Wittson Hall, Rooms 6023 and 6033) provides an immersive, up-close experience with 3D objects no matter where your students are located — and how you can use similar camera systems in other buildings to provide an immersive experience your students will never forget.


Erin J. Torell, MA, Assistant Professor and Rare Books Librarian, Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library 

Darby Kurtz, MA, Assistant Professor, Archivist and Public Historian, Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library 

Location & Time

Room C at 11:30 a.m. (speed presentation)

How the ADDIE Model Improved the Reliability of Summative Assessments in E-Learning Modules

What happens when your online materials are informative, but student summative assessments are low? It's time to deploy ADDIE. The Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation instructional design model can be used to evaluate and enhance the reliability of summative assessments. This session will describe how the uBEATS program standardized, rewrote and re-evaluated their assessments using ADDIE — and increased summative assessments by 13% points.


Zuzi Greiner, MSEd, Instructional Technologist, Interactive E-Learning 

Location & Time

Room C at 11:30 a.m. (speed presentation)

Top 20 Inclusive Classroom Strategies

Every voice should be valued and heard. In this session, you’ll learn how to create an inclusive classroom where students and faculty have a sense of belonging regardless of identity, learning preferences or education. Experts will share examples of inclusive classroom strategies and highlight their top 20 inclusive classroom examples and tools to help you create your inclusive experience.


Peggy Moore, MSEd, Director, E-Learning; Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health Professions 

Tanya Custer, MS, RT(R)(T), Director of Distance Education and Associate Professor, College of Allied Health Professions 

Kim Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, Anderson Distinguished Professor, Program Director Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Professor, College of Allied Health Professions

Analisa McMillan, PhD, MSEd, Director, UNMC Distance Education; Assistant Professor and Director of Teaching & Learning, College of Public Health

Location & Time

Room D at 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Presentations

How to Incorporate Simulation and/or Visualization into Health Care Training

Don't let a hectic schedule keep you from incorporating experiential learning into your teaching. In this two-part workshop, you'll learn the ins and outs of simulation-based education. First, we will cover core components with real-life examples that have been successfully implemented in the iEXCEL program. Second, you'll have the chance to ask experts questions regarding your own simulation-based training sessions.


Priscila Rodrigues Armijo, MD, Educational Research Specialist, iEXCEL; Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

Paul Dye, MSEd, Manager, Educational Technology & Design, iEXCEL

Samantha Rogers, MSA, CHSOS, Manager, Clinical Simulation Program, iEXCEL 

Randi Peavy, Manager, Surgical Simulation Program

Sarah Kriss, Manager, Advanced Human Simulation Program

Location & Time

Main Event Hall at 1:15 p.m.

Pathways to Public Health Training

Explore the hurdles and triumphs of creating an interprofessional training program that incorporates e-learning, synchronous learning and blended learning modalities. In this session, you’ll hear about how the U.S. Public Health Service D-SAFE (Deployment Safety Academy for Field Experiences) program prepares federal first responders for infectious disease deployments while unveiling strategies to be incorporated in future public health training and education opportunities.


Sara Donovan, MPH, Project Manager, Global Center for Health Security  

Louriann Nieman, MEd, Instructional Designer, Interactive E-Learning 

Location & Time

Room C at 1:15 p.m.

Designing a Theoretical "Thinking Cap" to Make Theory Visible in Professional Reasoning

Imagine giving your students a learning experience that's as engaging as it is enlightening. In this session, you'll learn about an innovative way of teaching theory using a thinking cap analogy. This innovation can advance students' use of theory to guide professional reasoning in practice. Although told through the lens of occupational therapy education, these techniques can apply to all topics.


Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, Associate Professor, College of Allied Health Professions

Location & Time

Room D at 1:15 p.m.

Boosting Teaching Tasks and Student Learning with ChatGPT

Make Artificial Intelligence work FOR you, not against you. This session is designed to help higher education faculty harness the power of ChatGPT to enhance their own productivity and support student learning outcomes. You will learn about the capabilities of ChatGPT and explore practical ways to integrate it into your teaching and research.


Analisa McMillan, PhD, MSEd, Director, UNMC Distance Education; Assistant Professor and Director of Teaching & Learning, College of Public Health 

April Elker, MSEd, Instructional Designer, College of Public Health 

Janet Skogerboe, Instructional Technologist, College of Public Health 

Location & Time

Main Event Hall at 2:15 p.m.

Unlock the Power of Storytelling in Health Care E-Modules

Bring e-learning to life like never before with the use of storytelling. In this session, you'll learn tips and tricks on blending captivating narratives with educational content to create engaging e-modules. Discover how an interprofessional team incorporated storytelling about characters experiencing social determinants of health into classroom materials to provide an immersive educational experience for students in health care and associated professions.


Jana Wardian, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor for Research, College of Medicine 

Leah M. Stade, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health Professions 

Sarah E. Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, UNO 

Location & Time

Room C at 2:15 p.m.

Primary Care Cup: An Innovative Method for Teaching Primary Care

The United States is facing a primary care physician (PCP) shortage. The Primary Care Cup was designed to provide fourth-year medical students with a case-based approach to learning best primary care practices. In this session, you'll discover how a group-based, friendly competition is reinforcing practical approaches to gamification in a low-stakes environment.


Amy Dreessen, MD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine 

Cory Rohlfsen, MD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine 

Location & Time

Room D at 2:15 p.m.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Academic Affairs
Platinum Sponsor

College of Allied Health Professions
Gold Sponsor

College of Medicine 
Platinum Sponsor

College of Nursing
Platinum Sponsor

College of Public Health
Platinum Sponsor

Interactive E-Learning
Platinum Sponsor