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    • The Polymediated Experience of Broadcasting and Consuming Highly-Skilled Video Game Gameplay

      Luttrull, Benjamin
      This thesis explores how the increase in accessibility of live broadcasting platforms for players of video games, such as Twitch.tv, affects the ways highly-skilled game players are using their gameplay to create content to be consumed by others. For players and viewers who commit to beating a game as quickly as possible, or speedrunning it, preference for this type of content leads to both groups coming together in community around their shared gameplay interests. This paper applies the polymedia theory of Madianou and Miller (2013) and the concept of polymediation (Calka, 2015) to explore how these groups experience gameplay in a mediated setting. Through ethnographic observations at a major speedrunning broadcasting event and a public chat server, and follow-up interviews and Super Mario World gameplay, three ways in which this type of gameplay content is mediated are analyzed. First, it is mediated through the deliberate, audience-focused additions of technological and gameplay-enhancing content. Second, it is mediated through a purposeful separation of casual gaming for entertainment from “serious” gameplay as a craft. Finally, it is mediated through the engagement and collaboration of an inclusive gameplay-centered community.
    • Analysis of Wheel and Tire Drum Testing Surfaces

      Hagan, Tristan
      The purpose of this project is to further the knowledge of Accuride’s dynamic fatigue testing processes. Accuride currently uses two different types of radial drum testing stations. The radial drum testing stations utilize a large diameter driven drum that will rotate. A wheel and tire assembly will press against the drum where the friction from the drum and the tire causes the wheel and tire assembly to rotate along with the driven drum. When this rolling effect is created a substantial load is placed upon the wheel and tires assembly to accelerate the fatigue test. This dynamic radial drum test is set to show the wheels ability to perform in the industry, where they are continuously used on large vehicles within the trucking industry. The cycles needed to pass the test standards are set according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Association of European Wheel Manufacturers (EUWA) and other international organizations. All new wheel designs, wheel material changes, or wheel modifications must be tested to be qualified for sale. It is important to know that the different radial drum station types are similar when completing a fatigue test. There are two different styles of radial drum testing stations which are the concave and the convex systems, which refers to the side of the drum the wheel and tires assembly is placed upon. The goal of this analysis is to gain understanding of the effects each different type of radial drum stations has on the wheel.
    • Spring 2021 USI Graduate Student Colloquium Theme Announcement

      USI Graduate Studies
      Theme: The Urgency of Now: Empowerment through Education and Social Justice We welcome abstract submissions related to the above theme from USI graduate students and alumni for the fourth annual Graduate Student Colloquium. This colloquium will be held virtually on April 7, 2021.
    • 2021 Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium Abstracts

      Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • 2020 Celebration of Teaching Learning & Symposium- Abstracts

      Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • 2019 Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium - Abstracts

      Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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      Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • 2017 Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium Abstracts

      Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • Internships and On-Line Capstone Courses: Transforming High Impact Teaching Practices and Fostering Equity and Inclusion during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

      Brown, Kelly; Shine, Beau
      The COVID-19 crisis that hit the United States in March 2020 created untold obstacles and problems for higher education. With virtually no notice and a very short time-frame, faculty across the nation were required to move their courses to on-line instruction mid-semester. This challenge created numerous problems for administration, faculty, and students. Faculty rose to the challenge and through innovation and hard work were able to create on-line learning environments for students that met learning objectives while keeping students and faculty safe. Faculty teaching courses with hands-on learning experiences such as labs and fine arts courses faced additional challenges. This is especially true for faculty supervising internships. Internships are a high impact practice which allows students to work in a professional setting under the supervision and mentorship of community partners. During the COVID-19 crisis, faculty supervising internships had to navigate the concerns and policies of the agencies, departments, and businesses at which students were placed as well as those of their respective universities. Faculty had to transform practical, hands-on learning experiences in the communities into a comparable high impact practice on-line course. The process of transforming experiential learning to on-line capstone courses highlighted issue of equity and inclusion and their impact on student success. The purposes of this teaching practice session are to examine the experiences of transforming internships into capstone courses during the COVID-19 crisis and to facilitate a discussion on the broader issues facing internships and other high-impact practices in the context of equity, inclusion, and student success that were underscored during the pandemic. The need to address issues of equity, inclusion, and student success as they relate to high impact practices is critical to achieving the goals of higher education. The focus of this session is twofold. First, the session facilitators and participants will discuss the challenges faced by faculty during the COVID-19 crisis to move internship courses to on-line capstone courses while maintaining academic rigor and helping students achieve personal and professional goals normally acquired through internships. Second, the session will include a discussion of the challenges and solutions to fostering equity and inclusion in high impact practices, a need which has been identified in the literature and was highlighted during the pandemic crisis in Spring 2020. It is hoped that the facilitators and participants will bring to the discussion personal experiences and reflections on the challenges of transforming courses during the COVID-19 crisis and on the need to ensure student engagement and success through participation in high impact practices in underserved student groups. Ideally, practical solutions to the challenges faced by faculty teaching hands-on experiential learning courses will result from the discussion. Resources Brownell, J. E., & Swaner, L. E. (2010). Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Finley, A., & McNair, T. (2013). Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities Kuh, G. D. (2008). High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why they Matter. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Kuh, G. D. (2013). Taking HIPs to the next level. Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Kuh, G. D., O’Donnell, K., & Schneider, C. G. (2017). HIPs at ten. Change, September/October, 8-16. Lei, S. A., & Yin, D. (2019). Evaluating benefits and drawbacks of internships: Perspectives of college students. College Student Journal, 2, 181-189. O’Donnell, K. (2013). Bringing HIPs to scale. Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. O'Neill, N (2010). Internships as high-impact practice: Some reflections on quality. Peer Review, 12(4), 4-8. Parilla, P., & Smith-Cunnien, S. (1997). Criminal justice internships: Integrating the academic with the experiential. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 8(2), 225-241.
    • A virtual approach to experiential learning: Using free web-based resources within the classroom to enhance students’ learning

      Wanjugu, Sabinah
      Traditionally, students within my digital marketing class have had an opportunity to work with a real client from the community to develop a digital marketing strategy. An approach that gave the student an avenue to enhance their learning process through a hands-on experience. However, due to challenges caused by COVID-19, I had to adjust this approach to experiential learning by use of free web-based resources that I incorporated within my classroom. These web-based resources ensured enhanced students' learning throughout the semester. Simulations: Previous studies on the use of simulation in business education have shown that simulations enhance students' learning process and boost student’s confidence and employability (Avramenko, 2012). I incorporated Mimic pro, a computer-assisted simulation within my digital marketing class to give students a simulated real-life learning opportunity. In Mimic Pro, the students assumed a digital marketer's role for an online digital camera store. Over the course of 6 rounds, students worked to improve the effectiveness of their online advertising campaigns. The simulation's goal was to provide students with a better understanding of paid marketing platforms, strategic keyword research, targeted ads, landing page management, email marketing, and key performance indicators (metrics). The students mentioned that the simulation helped provide them with an opportunity to promote concept attainment, allow for interaction between teams, and feedback to improve their knowledge and skills. Third-party certifications: I also incorporated third-party certifications within the class to back up the skills learned throughout the semester and within the Mimic Pro simulation. One challenge within the business field is balancing the concepts learned within the classroom with the specific skill needed by students to be successful in their business-related careers. Third-party certifications play a part in integrating the emerging techniques and technologies within the industry into existing business courses as part of the overall course learning outcomes (Kim et al., 2019). The current free online certification programs in marketing include Google Analytics certification, Google Ads certification, Hootsuite Social Marketing certification, and HubSpot’s certifications. In my digital marketing course, students took the Google Analytic Certification and Google Ads Certification, and by the end of the semester, they were able to add the two certifications into their resume, boosting their employability. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the various free web-based resources available that could be implemented within their business courses to enhance students' learning experience and make them career ready. References Avramenko, A. (2012). Enhancing students' employability through business simulation. Education+ Training. Kim, D. H., Hettche, M., & Spiller, L. (2019). Incorporating third-party online certifications into a marketing course: The effect of learning style on student responses. Marketing Education Review, 29(3), 193-206.
    • Using Instructional Technology and Innovation to Facilitate Online Learning

      Schmuck, Heather; Peak, Katherin
      With the pivot to remote learning in Spring of 2020, many faculty scrambled to adapt courses with a hands-on learning component to an online format. Within the health professions disciplines, many courses present unique challenges when there is no access to equipment for practical skills demonstration and acquisition. Compounding this issue, many accreditation organizations for the various health professions require skills demonstration with an instructor for competent practice. This poster presentation will provide a reflection on how one program created an effective learning environment with remote learning for an imaging procedures course. Discussion will include the various instructional technology formats such as VoiceThread, synchronous Zoom, and student-created videos that were utilized for demonstration of hands-on skills that could not be presented and evaluated in the traditional on-campus laboratory setting. The purpose of these exercises was to encourage students to think critically about the individual steps involved in the simulation with the goal of incorporating the process into the student’s professional skill set. Additionally, innovative ideas for creating simulation equipment and laboratory space using items readily available within a home environment will be outlined. Conclusions will include reflections of lessons learned by faculty and general acceptance of the teaching strategies implemented. Presenters will offer suggestions for additional course applications and future integration into other course offerings. Considerations of the unique environments posed by both didactic and laboratory courses and strategies to promote student engagement within courses which have transitioned to an online format will also be included. By presenting this approach to learning utilized for an imaging procedures course, learners should be able to take away new ideas of the various forms of technology that can be integrated for courses requiring physical skill demonstrations. In addition to the guided discussion of the poster, the presenters intend to encourage feedback from the session attendees by inquiring about the obstacles faced by other faculty members during the transition to virtual learning and the types of instructional technologies they utilized to overcome these challenges. Learners will gain information about adaptations to consider for transitioning from a traditional course to an online course and potential obstacles that may be encountered with suggested avenues for success.