In 2015, faculty members from four different colleges tackled the challenge of re-imagining how an existing course could be redesigned to include substantial active learning components. These two-year-long curricular redesign projects required extensive planning and development to incorporate a variety of e-learning, simulation, flipped classrooms, and blended learning into a course.
Due to the complexity of incorporating active learning components into an entire curriculum, faculty were given an extended development time of two years (previous faculty cohorts complete projects in one year or less). Also, the participating colleges committed matching funds to support the redesign of these courses.
College of Allied Health Professions Curricular Redesign
Case Study-Based E-Learning Modules Utilizing the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table and InVivo5 Software: Is It Effective in the Blended Learning Environment?
Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
Tanya Custer, MS, RT(R)(T)
A combination of a virtual dissection table, unique case studies, and interactive radiology images provided the foundation for creating 53 modules. The goal was to use case study-based pedagogy to provide a comprehensive means to review anatomy, teach pathology, and improve critical thinking for health professions students.
College of Dentistry Curricular Redesign
Case-Based Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Treatment Planning
Mary Lynn Froeschle, DDS, MBA
Joan Sivers, DDS; Gwen Hlava, RDH, MS; Nagamani Narayana, DMD, MS; Sheela Premaraj, DDS, PhD; Myhanh Phan-Rinne, DDS; Sung Kim, DDS; Julie Marshall, DDS, MS
Diagnosis and treatment planning skills are a necessary foundation for successful dental care. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach along with the best available evidence is paramount for optimal outcomes in general dentistry practices. Case-based e-learning modules are used to emphasize these concepts as well as to enhance comprehension and retention of didactic principles. Students discuss their findings in a blended classroom setting to better prepare them for live patients in the clinic.
College of Medicine Curricular Redesign
Enhanced Active Learning in the Anatomy Curriculum
Carol Lomneth, PhD
Sarah Keim-Janssen, PhD; Gilbert Willet, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS; Robert Norgren, PhD
The primary goal of the curricular change is to increase the quantity and quality of active learning exercises that enhance student satisfaction and academic achievement within the disciplines of gross anatomy and neuroscience. The five areas developed include: 1) comprehensive “one-stop shop” Interactive Dissecting Guide for gross anatomy; 2) Living Anatomy video series; 3) interactive radiology e-learning modules; 4) Neuroanatomy video series to enhance student learning of the brain and spinal cord; and 5) employing "Draw It to Know It."
College of Public Health Curricular Redesign
Simulation of Workplace Walkthroughs
Chandran Achutan, PhD, CIH
Zachary Fowler, MS
In this project, common processes that occur in a manufacturing facility were animated. The purpose was to show students the processes, work practices, potential hazards experienced by workers, and ways to control these hazards. After experiencing the animation, students in the environmental and occupational discipline will be able to critically assess hazards in a workplace. This, in turn, will lead to better decisions on how to measure workplace exposures and eventually prevent workplace illnesses.