Year Awarded: 2011
College of Health and Public Affairs
Health Management and Informatics
I often utilize project-based learning so Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) students are able to apply concepts to “real world” scenarios. This type of application allows me to ascertain the student‘s true understanding of important HIIM concepts. This type of experience also allows students to gauge their own understanding and ask specific questions to clear up the ambiguities. It is hoped that students will then use the applications in internships as well as future jobs. Feedback comments such as “I have learned more in this class than any other class at UCF” encourage me that even though the projects are challenging, the students derive great benefit from them.
In addition to projects, HIIM graduates (and most other majors) require writing and public speaking skills. Writing assignments have been incorporated into all HIIM classes that I teach. Students are also placed in groups for discussion boards (online) and presentations in class. Group work is common in hospitals, and the ability to work with fellow employees is important for the work world. The use of trial and error over the years has allowed the above mentioned projects, papers and other assignments to become better molded to the HIIM student needs. Some ideas don‘t work as well as I envisioned, and the idea is revisited and perhaps discarded for a better idea. I often ask colleagues who work in hospitals for input into project scenarios to make them as realistic and as useful as possible.
I do realize that there is always room for improvement, and I do take the comments given by students on evaluations seriously. I work diligently to provide a worthwhile learning experience each and every semester.