Leading the Charge
“If we’re going to be the entrepreneurial, innovative, forward-thinking institution we aspire to be, we’re going to have to do things like this to generate ideas — the kind of ideas that can change the world.”
– Nelson Marchioli ‘72
Spring 2020 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
The iUX Academy provides students hands-on, practical training by allowing them to consult for local industry. UX encompasses everything from the attitude a person has toward a technology-based product or service to the overall experience interacting with that technology. Everything associated with that interaction — from core functionality and interface design to ease of use and even societal impacts of that technology — is methodically studied and designed by a UX researcher to maximize the overall end-user experience.
“When I first came to UCF, there was a gap in education for students who were interested in UX careers. The iUX Academy was established in Spring 2016 to fill this gap,” says Wisniewski. She says the project began after Bogen Communications, a local company, contacted her about conducting usability testing for a new software product they were developing. “I saw this as a great opportunity for UCF to partner with local businesses to create integrative learning opportunities for our students.”
Linda Walters, Kimberly Schneider and Mary Tripp
Fall 2019 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
The “HIP Coaches” project uses student coaches that professors hand-pick to mentor and guide fellow students through high-impact learning experiences. Those include collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, cultural competency, community-based learning and internships. The goal is to help faculty equip students with skills they can use whether they’re heading into the demands of graduate work or pulling together an analysis for their first job.
HIP Coaches was developed by Pegasus Professor Walters, a biology professor who heads the Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab; Schneider, an assistant dean of academic engagement and director of undergraduate research; and Tripp, an instructional specialist. The project dates back to 2014 when Schneider recognized a need for campuswide research opportunities, and Waters said the effort illustrates “that a good idea can have legs if you work hard enough. This is only the beginning for a program that has had such a positive outcome so far.”
Spring 2019 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
“PedsAcademy, a first-of-its-kind program, provides specialized schooling to chronically ill children tailored to their specific disease while undergoing care at Nemour’s Children’s Hospital. The program includes more than 50 UCF faculty and student teachers who teach STEM curriculum to the children. What started as an idea when Nickels was in her doctoral program in mathematics education at Illinois State University, is now a comprehensive model for what education looks like for children who are hospitalized long-term.
Nickels says she couldn’t have predicted the overwhelming need of educating the children who were hospitalized. PedsAcademy does three things: studies the specific needs of children according to their disease; provides tailored curriculum for their needs, and prepares student-teachers to teach hospitalized children.”
Fall 2018 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
Reach and impact are at the core of PILOT — a program that gives promising biomedical sciences students opportunities to teach and do original research — and has earned a College of Medicine faculty member university recognition for his innovation
PILOT (Peer Instruction and Laboratory Occupational Training) gives undergraduate students experiences typically afforded only to graduate students. Some 360 students – about 30 per semester — have gone through the program since it began in 2009. Borgon leads the program with Burnett faculty members Dr. Ken Teter and Nicole Verity. PILOT students serve as teaching assistants for the Quantitative Biological Methods class – a large, required course at Burnett. They also get the opportunity to design and conduct independent research projects to get hands-on scientific training. Many have gone on to present their research state-wide and have won undergraduate research awards.
Spring 2018 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
Dr. Deborah Beidel joined UCF faculty in 2007. Four years later, the Pegasus professor of psychology and medical education founded UCF RESTORES, which has changed hundreds of lives since its inception. Through virtual reality, patients are confronted with triggers. They see bombs detonate and smell smoke or gunfire. It’s like being on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan, but instead patients are on UCF’s campus.
Since it opened, the clinic has provided no-cost therapy to more than 300 veterans and active duty military and more recently, worked with first responders and victims of mass shootings. Their work has earned national praise and support, including receiving part of the largest alumni gift and being named the winner of the Spring 2018 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award for “creating community impacts through partnerships.”
Fall 2017 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
Finding a better way is at the core of UCF’s beliefs. It’s also what led Dr. Ronald DeMara to win UCF’s second Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award for developing a college-wide testing and tutoring center that’s helping students learn better.
DeMara founded the Evaluation and Proficiency Center (EPC). Originally a pilot program in DeMara’s undergraduate electrical engineering class, the EPC is now a 120-seat, college-wide teaching facility that has benefited thousands of students and assists more than 20 faculty members. It has revolutionized testing and tutoring for computer engineering and computer science and soon could be expanded to other STEM fields across the university.
Spring 2017 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award Winner
The desire to help brought Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh to UCF in 2003, and is also what made her the winner of UCF’s first award based on the new Collective Impact Strategic Plan, which is designed to recognize and reward ideas that help advance the university through innovation.
By founding the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Center at UCF, Kent-Walsh has made the simple dream of communicating a reality for many with significant speech impairments. The clinic, which has an overarching goal of academic and clinical teaching, research and service, is able to help community members gain a “voice,” while training the next generation of speech-language pathologists.
| Questions? Contact Dr. Lisa Guion Jones at Lisa.Jones@ucf.edu