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Faculty, Staff Collaboration Leads to ITTA Funding

Investigators Andrea Achenbach, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, and Sam Mhatre, MA, MBA, were recently informed that their project titled “Personalized Online Learning in Pathology for Undergraduate Nursing Students” has been selected for an Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award (ITTA).

The goal of the ITTA program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at the University of Iowa by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention.

Through their project, Achenbach and Mhatre intend to create an online personalized, active case (PAC) based learning system that creates flexible, effective, and student-centered learning, particularly for undergraduate RN-BSN students.

The team anticipates that their online tool will engage students in active, meaningful learning by providing a personalized learning path for each undergraduate Pathology student based on assessments of their strengths and weaknesses.

If successful, the team’s online learning methodology could be utilized by faculty across the UI as these PAC modules would be applicable for both blended and online courses.

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In the fall of 2001, the Academic Technologies Advisory Council initiated a program for supporting innovative applications of instructional computing, which is now referred to as the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA). More information can be found at

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Dec 20th, 2016