Innovate to Educate Entry

Widener University

Andrew Bobal, Instructional Technologist

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

At Widener University School of Nursing we have multiple technology initiatives that have improved learning for our students. Specifically, we are extremely proud of our Zoom Video initiative. Zoom has allowed us to reach our learners like never before. Teaching and learning have improved dramatically by providing a resource for collaborative conversations from anywhere at any time. Faculty are able to meet with students at a moment's notice, even from around the world. When completing an assignment,
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

With any new initiatives in any work environment, there comes challenges and successes. At Widener School of Nursing we focus on identifying those challenges and then working systematically to turn them into successes. One of the biggest challenges that came with our Zoom initiative was the introduction and how-to of the application itself. We met this challenge by offering on site professional development sessions to learning about the operation of the application. We also offered mock Zoom sessions,
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Strategies and tools for incorporating the technology into the already developed curriculum and scope.
Providing ongoing support and guidance for the ed-tech innovation.
Willingness to try new innovations and technology tools.

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