Franklin University conducted its second annual Learning Showcase-- a celebration of Learning, Transformation, and Success on November 14, 2014. The Showcase was held in Ross Auditorium Main Campus (downtown Columbus). Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners were invited to contribute scholarly work done in multiple disciplines.
Browse poster presentations from 2018 below. View the event program for information on presentations, sponsors, and participants.
The healthcare system of OhioHealth has a reputation for providing quality care. As with any healthcare system, there are some populations who are underserved. There are several changes OhioHealth can make to enlarge its customer base. Some of the techniques OhioHealth can use involve increasing its scope of practice in these areas: complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), long-term care, men’s bone health, and social media. The need for long-term care will continue to increase as the population ages. OhioHealth can merge with a long-term care company to provide OhioHealth with the facilities. This strategy is more likely to be successful because it would provide the needed expertise to operate the long-term care facilities. There are also opportunities in CAM, which is relatively inexpensive and therefore would not be a tremendous risk. OhioHealth can integrate these services through horizontal integration, where the competitors will be acquired by or become affiliated with OhioHealth. The bone health care program can be expanded by offering more services friendly to men. There are simple solutions, including having clinics that are aesthetically pleasing by using blue colors, and the hiring of more male bone health specialists.
OhioHealth should also be sure to improve access to those with cultural or physical problems. There are opportunities through new technology to reach the increasing Hispanic population of Columbus. This can be accomplished by the use of social media that translates between patients and healthcare workers. A patient may also be inconvenienced from physically being at a clinic or hospital. There are opportunities to reduce these unnecessary patient visits. When a patient has a concern about visible ailments, the patient can show these to a physician through social media. The organization can be on the cutting edge in the use of making it possible to receive medical evaluations through social media, which will reduce costs and save time.
*Outstanding Student Poster: 2nd Place Winner
Statistical Strategies: Meeting the Needs of Struggling Math Students through Self-Guided Interactive Media
Nimet Alpay, Adam Reid, Caitlin Uttley, and Carolyn LeVally
The goal of every introductory statistics course is to produce statistically literate students with an ability to make informed decisions and to think critically. This is a challenging task. In fact, the introductory statistics course at Franklin University, Math215, has had disproportionately low success rates for several years. To address these concerns, considerable revisions were made to the curriculum, addressing the challenges of students and faculty. Perhaps the most significant among those changes was the addition of a series of standalone, interactive multimedia pieces to supplement the textbook and other course materials. The development of these 28 multimedia pieces took 7 months with a team of 4, led by Dr. Nimet Alpay, and resulted in over 6 hours of interactive instructional content.
A development process was established following a successive approximation model ensuring content accuracy, consistency, and a standardized design to optimize the end-user learning experience. Developed in Articulate Storyline, these pieces offer dynamic, self-paced learning experiences targeted towards audio-visual and kinesthetic learners. The multimedia lectures are organized by topic and broken into manageable subtopics that focus on key statistical concepts. Students can complete each interactive module at their own pace, with the ability to review as often as necessary. Additional features include point-of-use calculator tutorials and dynamic “check your learning” questions. Students receive immediate and extensive feedback after they submit their answers to the questions. The feedback is provided regardless of whether a student’s answer is correct or incorrect.
Among the first of its kind implemented at Franklin University, these multimedia pieces demonstrate an innovative approach to instructional technology and design, with the flexibility to be repurposed by any other course that may cover one or more statistics-related topics. These pieces were first used in the MATH215 course for the Fall trimester of 2014. A research project is underway to collect student feedback to assess the effectiveness of the pieces and identify bugs and opportunities for improvement. In the second stage of this research, an assessment of the effect of these multimedia lectures on students’ grade performance will be conducted.
Addresses the following for Mount Carmel Health System:
- Organizational Structure
- Existing Plans
- Environmental Assessment
- Leadership Challenges
- Legal & Ethical Challenges
- Performance Challenges
- Operations Challenges
- Financial Challenges
- Recommended Change Strategies
In 2009, Franklin University was designated by the U.S. Department of State as an exchange visitor program sponsor, eligible to host foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a J-1 visa. Since that time, the program has generated numerous questions about its benefits and administration. Faculty, staff, and students have asked: what is the Exchange Visitor Program? What is a J-1 visa? What can it do for me or my program? Learning that the program is designed to foster cross-cultural educational exchange and bring talented students, researchers, educators, and specialists to the University from around the world, individuals often follow with: I want to host an exchange visitor! How can I make it happen?
In this poster session, a background of the exchange visitor program in the US and at the University will be shared, along with an evolving case study. The case study will illustrate how Franklin University’s Office of International Students and Programs identified an opportunity to host an exchange visitor, set a program objective, secured a placement for the visitor, and plans to measure exchange visitor’s impact. Emphasis will focus on how to replicate the existing model for recruiting an exchange visitor to other University programs and departments.
Have you heard the buzz about the “flipped classroom” but wondered how to set it up? While there are different variations, Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an engaging strategy that gives you the ultimate flipped classroom. TBL helps students learn critical thinking, solve real-world problems, and develop collaborative skills. This poster session will introduce and highlight Team-Based Learning and give you ideas for employing this powerful strategy for bringing about more motivation and deeper learning in your students.
Gail K. Baumlein
The purpose of this poster is to describe the collaborative model developed between a private university in the U.S. and constituents in South Korea to facilitate nurses’ attainment of a U.S. registered nurse (RN) license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and employment in the U.S.
Throughout the world, nurses are being encouraged to increase their educational preparation from an entry level diploma or associate’s degree, to the BSN degree (International Council of Nurses, 2009). In South Korea, the government has recently mandated that nurses attain a BSN degree, and has closed all programs offering only the lower level of preparation. The U.S. BSN degree is highly esteemed by Korean nurses, though it is often difficult for them to travel to the U.S. for further education. In addition, there is a desire on the part of many South Korean nurses to migrate to the U.S., where opportunities for nurses are more diverse.
The collaborative model depicts a three-pronged approach to facilitate success for the nurses. The first step initiated in Korea, includes support for the nurse’s application and attainment of licensure in the U.S. This includes teaching a National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) preparation course, offered in English. Nurses then take the NCLEX in Guam, the nearest country where the exam is offered. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX, they are assisted in applying for licensure in the state of New York, to obtain the RN license.
The second prong of the model includes completion of the RN-BSN program, offered online through the U.S. university. In preparation for entrance to the RN-BSN program, the nurses take an English refresher course, offered in Korea in a face-to-face format. The coursework for the RN-BSN program was designed to be completed within one year. At the beginning of the program, faculty from the university travel to Korea to offer an orientation to the program, and a short study-success course.
The third prong in the model is facilitation of employment in the U.S. During the year of study the nurses may concurrently apply for a visa for the U.S. Partners in Korea, working with U.S. healthcare systems, will facilitate employment and visa applications.
It is anticipated that there may be concurrent completion of the three steps of the model, with collaboration amongst partners to facilitate attainment of the RN license, education and employment. The model will be fully implemented in 2015, with an initial cohort of 25 nurses.
Factors that Influence Practitioners Trained in Six Sigma Principles in the Development of a Community of Practice
Communities of practice are developed as a means of sharing and perpetuating organizational learning. While the literature is filled with individual studies that focus on knowledge management, organizational learning, communities of practice, and Six Sigma outcomes, it does not illustrate the inherent relationship between these thoughts and practices. This study explored the factors that lead to the development of a community of practice among knowledge workers such as Six Sigma practitioners. This case study illustrates the importance of Bandura’s theory of social learning within the paradigm of a community of practice. This research illustrates the overwhelming influence of experiential learning in communities that have dynamic and complex relationships. The case study organization yielded 15 individuals who participated in in-depth interviews. Each practitioner shared his or her individual thoughts, perspectives, and experiences while utilizing the standard interview protocol. The results of this case study concretely promote the involvement of senior leadership in the development of the Six Sigma infrastructure, the importance of there being a commitment to the practitioner, the need for a formal infrastructure to be in place prior to implementing the management model, that formal education must take place, resources must be in place, and there needs to be a means for developing and sharing best practice models. This study suggested that future work is needed in two areas: What happens when organizations forget to learn and what is the impact of organizational leadership changes and changes in organizational strategies within an existing community of practice?
Redd R.J.G Branner
As we make our way to the polls during election season, we take several approaches: we have our mind made up on who we want to lead; we vote for the same party in all categories; or we are not sure about the candidates, but we vote safely. Our hopes are that we have collectively selected the candidate(s) that will lead us, advancing our best interests ethically. Most candidates are everyday people, cut from the same cloth as the constituents. As they campaign for our votes, there is no doubt that there goal in attaining office is to be a leader of and for the people. Public servants do not seek office to become wealthy. However, in the past several decades, we have seen our elected officials become more celebrity than politician. Celebrity and fame are often associated with fortune. This research explores the downfall of political figures consumed by greed and the fallout effects of their corruption.
Emergency Management & Homeland Security in Higher Education: The Critical Need for Standardized Curriculum
Redd R.J.G Branner
Over the past few decades, higher education has become an important factor in advancing organizations, as well as individuals advancing within their organization. There are many staple programs in higher education such as business administration, management and organizational behavior. These standardized programs have often been used by public servants to advance their careers. Public servants such as law enforcement officers and firefighters receive a more beneficial education attaining degrees designed specifically for their disciplines. Law enforcement personnel commonly use the criminal justice degree to advance their careers and Firefighters often use the Fire and Emergency Services degree to advance their careers. However, as a new career field and discipline, those working in Emergency Management and Homeland Security have not been afforded a standardized curriculum model to ensure those entering these career fields are entering the career field with the same knowledge. This research discusses the need for standardization of education Emergency Management and Homeland Security professionals.
Professionalization of the Fire Service: There’s More To It Than Putting the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff
Redd R.J.G Branner
Professional firefighting in the United States is often traced back to the 17th Century; most notably, the Boston fire of 1631. In the early days of firefighting, fire departments were, for lack of better words, social organizations. From the earliest firefighting operations consisting of bucket brigades, to the latest high-tech equipment designed to extinguish fires, firefighters have always been our heroes! We applaud them when they extinguish fires and save lives, we mourn them when they lose their lives. Firefighting is often thought of as putting the wet stuff on the hot stuff (water on fire); however, firefighting goes much deeper than fire ground operations. Although new technology plays an important role in protecting the lives of firefighters and the community they serve, firefighters must be academically and professionally prepared to lead fire and emergency service organizations. Twenty-first century firefighters must be capable of managing human resources, interpreting employment law, managing budgets, writing grants and leading their organization ethically. This paper discusses the professionalization of firefighters through training, education and policy.
Redd R.J.G Branner
We often associate the events of 9/11 with terrorism in the United States. However, the U.S., in the homeland and abroad have long been the victims of domestic and international terrorism. Prior to 9/11, terrorism was not a part of our daily vocabulary or part of our daily news. Children born today will more than likely not know a life or vocabulary with social media and terrorism. Social media and terrorism? Through the use of social media terrorist groups such as ISIS have taken on a campaign of subversion to elicit interest from vulnerable populations, most commonly teenagers in a worldwide recruitment campaign. Recent breaking news reports often highlight stories of the progress of ISIS on the battlefield, their impact on the economy, their impact on homeland security, in addition to stories of misguided U.S. and foreign youth traveling abroad to join the plight of ISIS. This research discusses the terrorism abroad and in the U.S., drawing attention to how safe are our teenagers and how safe are we as a nation.
Introduction and Background: Franklin University faculty and staff create PowerPoint presentations to supplement information being presented. These presentations may be given in the classroom or the boardroom, but all too often are poorly constructed.
Response: This poster presentation provides 10 tips to keep in mind as a PowerPoint presentation is being created:
- Know your audience
- Use templates
- Select two fonts
- Font size matters!
- Color counts
- Follow the 6x6 rule
- Highlights only please
- Use quality images
- Animate thoughtfully
Introduction and Background: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.—William Butler Yeats.
A growing body of research has made it clear that the overall quality of teaching and learning is improved when students have opportunities to question, clarify, and apply new knowledge. No longer can faculty use a lecture-only technique to impart information. Therefore, when faculty create opportunities for our learners to engage new material and use active learning techniques they help “light the fire” of learning.
Response: This poster presentation provides 10 tips to Franklin University faculty to increase student engagement in the classroom:
- Share goals
- Show relevance
- Encourage community
- Use visuals
- Focus on learners
- Connect with learners
- Laugh with learners
- Busy hands, busy brains
- Up and at ‘em!
- Plan activities
Barbara Carder and Sarah Gepper
The Diversity Dimensions Committee began in 2010 as an initiative from Human Resources leadership. A diversity group was needed on campus to serve the Franklin University community. Research was completed and a small group of Human Resources staff members were charged with working on educational and awareness events.
Sarah Gepper now coordinates this group that has expanded to include interested employees from a cross-section of departments, interests, and backgrounds. The committee now boasts 15 members who meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm events that will benefit and enrich a University community, and thereby fulfilling the charter of the committee: The Diversity Dimensions Committee is focused on fostering a culture of acceptance and inclusion through diversity education and awareness activities.
Committee Mission: The mission of the Diversity Dimensions Committee will mirror the University’ statement on Diversity, which is as follows: Franklin is committed to enriching lives by fostering a culture which values and embraces diversity. The University affirms the individuality of each member of its faculty and staff and promotes a community of collaboration and inclusion. It is through the celebration of differences and respect for others that a sense of shared values emerges.
Barbara Carder and Sarah Gepper
The Race Card Project was originally created by National Public Radio’s Michele Norris. It is meant to spark conversations on the issues and personal meaning of race. Participants are asked to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences, or observations on race using only six words, written on a note card.
Prashanthi Nallan Chakravarthula
VMware vCloud Director is a part of vCloud Suite, and is used to provide an advantage in facilitating remote lab environments for students by hosting a product that allows the user to run virtual machines on dedicated hardware. Educators have been encouraged to develop this tool in higher education systems across the country.
For a long time, students and educators have being using the concept of VMware workstations in their lab environments. However, this typically requires students to download and install software, which can be a burden causing issues and problems resulting in loss of class productivity.
The purpose of this research is to show how the use of VMware vCloud Director makes it easier for students to concentrate on learning by eliminating the need of installing virtual machine (VM) technology on the students own computer system. Using Franklin-hosted vCloud Director, students can do their assignments without downloading and installing a large amount of software, unlike the current approach.
There are currently three courses at Franklin University using the vCloud Director Tool, COMP 204, Principles of Computer Networks, ISEC 325, Network Security and INFA 415, Information Analytics Architecture. Further new applications are planned to continue to improve student learning in courses where VM technology is either already in place or soon will be.
*Outstanding Student Poster: 3rd Place Winner
Integrative learning is designed to help students synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus. Building from the Association of American Colleges and Universities Integrative Learning Value Rubric learn how one online program is integrating program outcomes, service learning and a student honor society’s mission to improve student learning. This presentation will highlight the various aspects involved in developing and implementing an integrative learning framework for graduate and undergraduate learning.
It is natural to fear the unknown, especially when the decisions you make leading up to and immediately after graduation hold so much weight on your future. Students are taught to make optimal educational investments early on, but we are hardly prepared for the transition from a student to a professional and careerist. The purpose of this poster is to help students and recent graduates become more confident in their ability to adapt to the next phase and ways to overcome post graduate uncertainty.
Factors That Hinder Underrepresented Minority ADN Students from Initially Pursuing Baccalaureate Nursing Education
The lack of minority representation in the nursing profession has been an area of concern for quite some time because of its direct correlation on the health of our nation. However, the lack of minority representation in the nursing workforce and on baccalaureate (BSN) college campuses persists. Students from underrepresented backgrounds comprise 26.6% of entry-level nursing baccalaureate programs (AACN, 2014) and 16.8% of the nursing workforce (HRSA, 2010), yet 32% of the US population is from a racially or ethnically diverse background (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). The numbers of diverse nurses who are in practice pales in comparison to the numbers of diverse patients who receive care in the United States. With the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN degree by 2020, it is important to understand what factors are hindering diverse students from initially pursuing baccalaureate nursing education.
An Investigation of the Impact of Open Education Resources (OER) in Higher Education: The Case of Franklin University and its Use of OER
Many stakeholders in the educational sector have voiced and advocated in the use of OER as a panacea to the skyrocketing costs of instructional and learning materials including textbooks, software, videos, and research articles among others. However, little effort in terms of research has been devoted to exploring and understanding the cost, benefits, and impact of OER on learning and/or education,. More specifically, a framework that can answer critical questions about the OER and its impact on learning is needed. It is against this background that this poster session will articulate the need for more robust research on the impact of OER and how best to implement its adoption and use considering the amount of distance that needs to be covered to mainstream OER. In particular, using Franklin University as an example, the poster will seek to answer the following questions: What is the cost and benefit of OER? Has its adoption in higher education transformed learning by creating efficiencies in accessing quality and effective learning materials that assist in improving performance while lowering costs to learners? What are the barriers that hamper the adoption and/or use OER? What framework can be deployed to aid adoption of OER while at the same time help in assessing the impact?
*Outstanding Instructional Designer Poster Winner
Lewis Chongwony, Joel Gardner, Christopher Washington, and Yi Yang
Transnational education (TNE) encompasses all types of higher education study programs, sets of study courses, or educational services in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based (Council of Europe, 2002). Transnational Educational Institutions (TNEs) engage students who seek international education and career advancement without having to leave their region or home country.
TNE activities have expanded significantly over the past 20 years due in part to the advancement of eLearning modalities and the growth of global partnership activities in higher education. In addition, there are several push and pull forces (such as affordability, status of a foreign institutions, and perceived quality), that are contributing to the growth of student participation in TNE.
Transnational education often occurs through partnerships. These partnerships exist in multiple arrangements including branch campuses, franchise approaches, joint degree, and dual degree programs, twinning, and distance delivery. While there is a growing trend for universities to pursue TNE initiatives through partnerships, many of these arrangements fail for a number of reasons. First these partnerships are
ineffectively implemented. Secondly, partners often overlook the changing boundaries and arrangements. Third, partners are not fully accounting for the myriad of stakeholder motives and needs (Nottingham Trent University, 2014).
Clearly more needs to be known about the conditions necessary to successfully establish TNE partnerships and programs. This poster will explore the different TNE models, identify the challenges and opportunities of each model, and recommend critical and variable attributes for a successful TNE partnership in higher education. The authors will also discuss the implications of their findings for future research.
Ryan Cottrell and David Meckstroth
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a health system located in Columbus, Ohio that provides healthcare services to more than 2.3 Million residents of Central Ohio. OSUWMC is the third largest health system in the region behind OhioHealth and Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel operates four hospitals and two urgent care facilities and employs over 8,000 individuals, of which 1,500 are physicians. OhioHealth is a faith-based health system that contracts more than 2,000 physicians in 17 hospitals and 20 surgical centers. Competing against these two systems will prove to be a challenge that requires the use of strategic analysis.
OSUWMC’s $1 Billion projectONE expansion will create an estimated 10,000 new jobs, and the primary initiatives of this project’s People Plan are to build a talent base, foster excellence, and develop leaders. There is a strong need for HR to recruit, hire, and develop individuals with different skills and talents to maximize the potential of this expansion project. These new facilities will bring more space and more processes that should have their potential maximized. In order to assist with this, managers can implement Six Sigma and LEAN thinking into designing layouts and workflows that minimize errors and increase efficiency. LEAN concepts result in the elimination of waste caused by defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra-processing. Eliminating waste at this crucial stage in a hospital’s development can prevent potentially devastating financial errors. The medical center comprises approximately half of the university’s budget; a very significant part of the financial structure of the university. Given the economic challenges facing the State of Ohio and the need to moderate tuition increases, it is imperative that the university seek new and innovative ways to finance continued progress.
Accomplishing OSUWMC’s mission will require the development of adaptive strategies. One of these strategies involves expanding the scope of the services being offered. The Ohio State University has an opportunity to be a leader in developing telemedicine. There are benefits to adopting telemedicine for both the supplier and the consumer. Telemedicine eliminates distance barriers and provides an opportunity to branch out into rural communities. Adapting an organization to withstand current and future markets may require eliminating services or products to cut financial losses or to make room for development in other areas.
Consolidating services to a single location can increase efficiency and reduce overhead costs significantly. Both of the full service hospitals operate laboratories that conduct microbiology and hematology testing on patient samples. Reducing this overlap by transporting specimens from one hospital to the other will eliminate the need for excess equipment and the associated materials. Implementing strategies that improve efficiency and develop new markets will allow the OSUWMC to maintain its standing as the premier provider of healthcare services in Central Ohio.
An Exploration of Human Sustainability: Guiding Undergraduates onto a Path of Responsive World Citizenship Through the Study of Global Issues
Phyllis Duryee and Barry Adams
This poster presentation will frame the primary research arenas for undergraduate study within the realm of continuing and emerging human and environmental struggles that occur broadly and locally in our 21st century globalized world. The research underscores the interdependence of human societies and the development of a sense of self and appreciation of cultural diversity, an affirmation of equality and justice, and an awareness of the absolute necessity of universal human rights as a foundation for the sustainability of our planet and world understanding.
Through the investigative lens of one country, each student studies the forces of economic, financial, cultural, political, and environmental globalization. The student examines and reflects on these issues from local and globe vantage points. The student explores governmental influences, cultural ‘expectation,’ world trade issues, overpopulation, the globalization of crime and disease, climate change, as well as conducting in-depth study of current cultural and political upheavals. Students then are guided in discussions based on these issues and encouraged to consider and advance possible solutions. An example of student research, accompanied by possible solutions, will be presented to provide a context in which the importance of studying global issues can be enunciated and established.
Megan Ellis and Maureen Conley
Franklin County, children are appointed by the courts either a private attorney or a CASA volunteer GAL. CA abuse appointed SA volunteers complete an extensive screening and training process and are officially sworn officers of the court. CASA exists to serve the most at-risk and severe cases of child abuse and neglect in the community.
In 2014, over 3,000 children will enter the Franklin County Juvenile Courts System through no fault of their own as victims of abuse and neglect. CASA of Franklin County is on tract to serve over 805 of these; the most children CASA of Franklin County has served in its 22 year history. CASA children are:
- 52% male,
- 64% living below the federal poverty level
- 55% aged 0-5 years old
- 47% are a racial minority (African American, American Indian, Asian, and Other and neglect be appointed a Guardian ad Litem (GAL).
It is widely acknowledged that students who begin college by taking developmental curriculum are at a disadvantage in terms of likelihood of degree completion. Research and practice has shown that students who use tutoring can improve course grades. Bloom’s 1984 study demonstrated that one-on-one, face-to-face tutoring is effective.
*Outstanding Student Poster: 1st Place Winner