PhilaU Awards 2017-18 Nexus Learning Grants

Associate professor Marie-Christine Potvin will pilot a project for occupational therapy  students.

Associate professor Marie-Christine Potvin and her team will pilot a project for occupational therapy students.

The Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning at Philadelphia University announced the support for five research proposals through Nexus Learning and Nexus Online Grants. The grants for the 2017-18 academic year will support faculty and staff research on Nexus Learning approaches, all with the aim of enhancing student learning goals.

“Both culturally and financially, PhilaU values innovative teaching by supporting faculty and staff at the leading edge of pedagogical advancements through these grants,” said Jeff Ashley, director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning.

Evan Pruitt, adjunct professor of architecture, along with David Kratzer, associate professor of architecture, will examine student engagement participation and productivity in architectural design studios. “It’s a great honor to receive a Nexus Learning Grant, an opportunity unique to Philadelphia University,” Pruitt said.

For Marie-Christine Potvin, associate professor of the occupational therapy (OT) program, the grant will enable her team to pilot a project for OT students that integrates coursework and clinical experiences while augmenting the offerings of the Office of Student Accessibility Services. “If the impact is positive, we hope to institutionalize the project,” she said.

This year’s Nexus Learning and Online Grant recipients include:

Student Engagement During Game-Based Learning
Jack Suss, DEC Core Instructor, and Damon Orsetti, DEC Adjunct Professor
Grant Purpose: To introduce and assess engagement through game-based learning in a non-majors science course.

Piloting an On-Campus Community-Based Learning Opportunity for Occupational Therapy Students While Expanding PhilaU’s Disability Services’ Offerings
Marie-Christine Potvin, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program; Monique Chabot, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program; and Zoe Ann Gingold, Coordinator of Disability Services
Grant Purpose: To pilot an on-campus, community and project-based experiential learning opportunity for occupational therapy students that integrates coursework and clinical experiences while augmenting the offerings of the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Interprofessional Collaboration in a Student-Run Pro Bono Clinic: Excellence in the Professional Development of Occupational Therapy Students
Wendy Wachter-Schutz, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, and Bridget Trivinia, Assistant Professor and Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Program
Grant Purpose: Scale-up and further assess the learning outcomes of a successful and innovative fieldwork site that engages PhilaU occupational therapy students in interprofessional collaboration within a pro bono clinic.

Creating Equitable Learning Environments in Architectural Studio Courses
Evan Pruitt, Adjunct Professor, Architecture, and David Kratzer, Associate Professor, Architecture
Grant Purpose: To explore the dilemma of students with introverted tendencies operating in more extroverted “project-based learning” systems and their environments by examining student engagement participation and productivity in architectural design studios.

Exploring Best Practices in Delivering Online Master’s Project Courses
Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz, Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Grant Purpose: To compile and implement best practices in delivering an online master’s project course that will promote Nexus Learning strategies.

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