Breeden Grant – 2019 Abstracts

Incorporation of Virtual Reality to Enhance the Teaching of Small Animal Gross Anatomy in the Veterinary Curriculum
Melissa Singletary and Mahmoud Mansour (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology)

Anatomy is a challenging subject with the quantity of information, need for spatial relationship, and functional comprehension which make it difficult for students to move beyond memorization-based learning. However, due to its foundational nature in the veterinary curriculum it is key to establish methods to connect memorization-level knowledge holistically to enhance the students understanding and application. The use of Virtual Reality as a supplemental educational platform in gross animal anatomy could be such a method that allows bridging in student learning. This project applies new innovative Virtual Reality software and technology to enhance the student learning experience.


Virtual Immersion: Bridging the Gap between Construction Management and Civil Engineering Students’ Learning and Performance in Structural Analysis
Marta Miletic (Civil Engineering)and Jeffery Kim (School of Building Science)

There is a commonality in some coursework for students in Building Science and those in Civil Engineering. This research study will focus on the early academic similarities of these two disciplines with particular attention on how students learn about the physical properties of built structures – structural analysis. Because the concepts of structural analysis are often theoretical and “unseen”, the researchers have planned an intervention within the classroom that will introduce the students to these concepts in a more visual manner. Students will have access to a visually immersive tool that will scaffold their learning experiences with these abstract concepts.


Educational Leadership Simulations for Aspiring Principals
Amy Serafini, Jason C. Bryant, and Andrew Pendola (Educational Foundtaions, Leadership, and Technology)

The purpose of this proposal is to acquire Educational Leadership Simulations as a unique opportunity to advance the principal preparation program. The simulation experience introduces aspiring principals to common real-world leadership situations and allows them to “practice” through trial and error, prior to experiencing such a scenario while on the job. There is little existing in the literature related to simulations for aspiring principals. A qualitative research study has been designed to evaluate simulated experiences as a teaching/learning method. The findings will have valuable implications not only for our program, but for the field of educational leadership.


Impacting student pharmacists’ learning through the use of pediatric simulation models
Lea Eiland and Allison Chung (Pharmacy Practice)

Pediatrics patients are difficult to represent truly in classroom teaching. Simulation-based models are an alternative to having actual patient representatives. Although, simulation-based medical education has increased over the years, our school of pharmacy has not offered simulation in the pediatric elective. This proposal is seeking funds to purchase two half-body pediatric simulation trainers to be incorporated into two new pediatric pharmacy electives. Integrating simulation into these revised courses will provide an experiential level of teaching and assessment within classroom courses. Students will be able to practice physical assessment skills, such as listening to real-life heart rates and breathing sounds.


Travel to the National Flute Convention
Virginia Kunzer (Music)

The Auburn University Music Department is committed to providing opportunities for musically talented students to develop as musicians, educators, performers, and scholars. This requires faculty to continually adapt their teaching methods and practices to be relevant in an evolving musical and educational landscape. The purpose of this proposal is to fund travel to a national convention with the goal of gaining exposure to new pedagogical methods, performance techniques, practice strategies, and ways in which to implement technology to ensure that the students of the Auburn Music Department receive informed, inspired, and relevant instruction.


Book Lab Cart
Emily Friedman and Derek Ross (English)

Special Collections and the department of English have a longstanding collaboration, teaching students about
the history of ideas and texts through the changes in book technology. This ranges from introductory literature surveys to advanced courses in book production, document design, and rhetoric. This grant creates a “book cart” of instructional materials that can be “checked out” and wheeled anywhere in Mell/RBD Library. The cart will contain a variety of in-class exercises, handouts, and demonstration materials that allow for hands-on interaction with elements of historic and modern book production, including a tabletop press, type, sample book bindings, and the like.


Enhancing the teaching of anatomy with high resolution CT, MRI and resin casts of joint spaces, air sacs and plastinated specimens
Mahmoud Mansour and Ray Wilhite (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology)

One of the difficult aspects of anatomy to understand is the size, location and morphology of joint spaces, bursas, and tendon sheaths within the body. Resin casts of these spaces and blood vessels allow the students to appreciate their extent and position relative to the surrounding structures. High resolution CT and MRI data will enable us to produce three-dimensional models that will complement the resin casts. The objectives of this project is to produce a series of high quality teaching tools to enhance the teaching of gross anatomy in both the small (VMED 9111) and large animal (VMED 9121) courses.


Bridging the gap between academia and industry: Needs assessment and incorporation of relevant tools in apparel retail merchandising curriculum
Amrut Sadachar (Consumer and Design Sciences)

The overarching purpose of the proposed project is to find the three to five most relevant tools that the apparel retail merchandising industry uses and expose students to them to prepare them well for their professional careers. Overall, 190-230 students will be positively impacted by this project. Activities planned to achieve the goals of this project include literature search, qualitative data analysis, survey of industry professionals, and faculty travel to two major trade shows. Direct and indirect assessment will be conducted to evaluate the success of this project. Knowledge will be shared with colleagues via internal and external conferences.


Interactive Online Information Literacy Modules: Extending Our Reach
Toni Carter and Delaney Bullinger (Libraries, Research and Instruction Services)

Auburn University Libraries and Auburn Online have partnered to create interactive information literacy tutorials suitable for freshmen-level courses. The project aims to solve both logistical and pedagogical issues that have hindered librarians’ abilities to reach these hundreds of students. It will empower novice composition instructors to integrate information literacyninstruction throughout the semester, affording students an authentic and impactful learning experience. The project will kickstart the Libraries’ mission to support online education in the absence of a dedicated e-learning librarian. As a bonus, this partnership could serve as a model for other academic libraries’ attempts to solve scalability issues.


Enhancing Learning in the Counseling Classroom: The Incorporation of Simulated Mental Health Assessments
Heather Delgado (Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling)

The goal of this project is to provide counseling students with a experiential learning opportunity that involves the use of mental health assessments. The instructor will incorporate evidence-based clinical mental health assessments for each student enrolled in the counseling assessment course, which will allow for the opportunity to practice administration and interpretation skills related to assessments. I am seeking funds to assist with the purchase of four mental health assessments and trainings for the instruction to increase the teaching effectiveness of the counseling assessment course. Both will enhance the learning and professional growth of the counseling students at Auburn University.


Integrating Active Learning into a Distance Course through Omni Educational Practices
Jamie Harrison (Curriculum and Teaching)

Breeden grant funding is requested to support collaborative work with Auburn Online to completely redesign one core course for the ESOL Education program, CTES7420/26 Applied Linguistics in Second Language Acquisition. The impetus of this redesign proposal is to make the course more accessible to current and future online students enrolled in this course. In addition to this practical outcome, three other goals are established: 1) to integrate elements of omni educational practice into the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting; 2) to develop and pilot a professional development module for area teachers to support their work in K-12 schools with English language learners; and 3) to use this course as an introductory graduate level opportunity for pre-service teachers interested in developing their capacity for teaching English language learners prior to graduation.

Last modified: January 4, 2019