February 29, 2012

Emerging Media Digital Feed: How Simulation Improves Nursing and Adult Learning

The Emerging Media Digital Feed is a monthly event organized by the center for Emerging Media Initiative (EMI) at Ball State University. The initiative was started for the purpose of advancing Indiana's economy through media-savvy human capital. Each month, EMI organizes an event that features a series of presentations on emerging media topics, their potential, as well as case studies and actual success stories of faculty members or researchers who have integrated those emerging topics into their practice.

This month's event, held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Schwartz Complex in Bracken Library, focused on the latest advancements and uses of simulation in nursing and adult education. The event featured two presentations, the first by Dr. Kay Hodson-Carlton, Simulation and Information Technology Center Director, and the second by Dr. Bo Chang, an Emerging Media Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Hodson-Carlton's presentation, titled "Simulation and Information Technology Center: Emerging Technologies for Nursing Education and Practice," focused on the latest developments in simulation in the field of nursing. Most interesting of those developments is the introduction of High Fidelity Simulators for students of nursing. Those accurate simulators, like the Human Patient Simulators for example, offer students the opportunity to experience various life-like situations related to patients and the practice of healthcare. Those patient simulators are programmable and can simulate virtually any scenario that involves nurse-patient interaction. Some of the benefits of the High Fidelity Simulators include higher student satisfaction and confidence, better judgments, and increased quality of health services.

The second presentation, "Integrating the Tool of Simulation into the Teaching of Adult Education," conducted by Dr. Bo Chang, Assistant Professor of Adult and Community Education, focused on her experience in utilizing simulation to improve adult learning. Defining simulation as "imitation of nature," Chang explained how she asked her students to conceptually divide the imitated object (which could be anything, like a plane, a department at a company, a website, or a service) into small parts in order to make it easier to analyze how it functions. Although at first unable to see the actual benefits of simulation, Chang contended, students were at last capable of overcoming their resistance to the new concept and started appreciating learning through simulation over time, especially after they were successful at imitating the objects they studied and saw the actual results for themselves. One group of students, for example, was able to simulate the hiring process of an HR department at a corporation. They first collected data about the recruitment process implemented by a few companies, analyzed the collected data, came up with a model, and then added their own ideas. Chang outlined some of the benefits of simulation for adult learning, which include bridging the gap between theory and practice, time-efficiency, and peer learning.

The next Emerging Media Digital Feed event will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12:15 PM, and will take place at the Schwartz Complex in Bracken Library. The event will highlight the Center for Media Design’s Insight and Research Unit, in particular the Usability Testing Lab and how faculty can take advantage of related technologies.

More information on the Emerging Media Initiative can be found by clicking here.

-Blogger Abdullah Al-Sheikh Hasan, SPO Graduate Assistant  

February 20, 2012

From GRC: FY 13 Budget Request Highlights

The White House submitted its FY 13 budget request on February 13, 2012. The $3.8 trillion proposal advances a $350 billion stimulus package focused on job growth and $140 billion for research and development funding, including $2.2 billion for advanced manufacturing research and development and $30.6 billion for basic research.

The National Institutes of Health would receive level funding, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $7.37 billion, a 4.8 percent increase. The OneNSF initiative — which includes funding for Cyber-enabled Materials, Manufacturing, and Smart Systems; Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering; Expeditions in Education; Innovation Corps; Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education; Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace; and Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability — would be funded at $807 million. Funding for CAREER and Graduate Research Fellowships awards would increase slightly, and STEM education would retain significant support through these initiatives:

  • NSF and the U.S. Department of Education would provide $30 million each for an evidence-based program to improve K-16 mathematics education and knowledge building. This new opportunity will support researchers and educators who have the greatest potential to transform mathematics learning. At NSF, the Discovery Research K-12 and Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM programs would be the vehicles.
  • The Widening Implementation and Demonstration of Evidence-based Reforms (WIDER) program would receive $20 million for research and demonstration projects exploring how to achieve widespread sustainable implementation of evidence-based undergraduate instructional practices to improve student outcomes. 
  • Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM would receive $61.5 million to improve the quality of STEM education for all undergraduate students by supporting efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. 

Other budget highlights include a commitment to reset the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, along with NSF, on a path to doubled budgets; modest increases, 5.5 percent each, for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities; and $24 billion in cuts, consolidations, and savings across the agencies.

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February 02, 2012

The Fulbright Scholar Program for 2013-2014 is Open

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information, visit the Fulbright website by clicking here.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions by clicking here or contact CIES at scholars@iie.org. You may also contact you department's Proposal Manager in the Sponsored Programs Office.