2020 DELTA Grants to Help Develop Digital Initiatives for Teaching, Learning

Published in Insight - Insight Nov./Dec. 2020

Now in their third year, DELTA grants of up to $75,000 each were given in July to six teams of Johns Hopkins University faculty members, staff members and students. DELTA (short for Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration) grants are bestowed by the Office of the Provost to help unleash the potential of digital technology.

“Creating technology that’s as intuitive and user-friendly as possible is the hallmark of good design,” says Sakul Ratanalert, a faculty member in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the principal investigator on a team researching the use of “holo” goggles.

Ratanalert’s project, Mixed Reality Headsets in Teaching Laboratory Courses: Changing the Pedagogy Through Remote Collaboration and Experimentation, aims to create a mixed-reality headset — coupled with e-notebooks to facilitate data collection and analysis across collaborators — to make cooperative remote laboratory work a reality. The team also includes Whiting School colleagues Luo Gu, Patty McGuiggan, and Orla Wilson, along with Krieger School of Arts and Sciences faculty members Robert Leheny and Meredith Safford.

The following proposals also won DELTA grants:

Improving Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Education and Performance via Augmented Reality. Principal investigators: Therese Canares, Justin Jeffers and Keith Kleinman, all from the school of medicine, and James Dean, Blake Schreurs and Scott Simpkins, each from the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Broadening the Message: Making Videos More Usable at Johns Hopkins University and Beyond. Principal investigators: Jeff Day and Bonnielin Swenor, both from the school of medicine; Donna Schnupp, of the school of education; and Valerie Hartman from the Peabody Institute.

Deconstructing Health Care Silos: Interprofessional Education Using Multiplayer Virtual Simulation and Virtual Reality for Medical and Nursing Trainees. Principal investigators: Kristen Brown, Shawna Mudd, Catherine Horvath and Nancy Sullivan, all from the school of nursing, and Nicole Shilkofski, Justin Jeffers, Julianne Perretta and Sandy Swoboda, each from the school of medicine.

Socratic Artificial Intelligence Learning (SAIL): A Virtual Study Assistant for Educating Medical Professionals. Principal investigators: Tuo Li, Alex Johnson and Dawn LaPorte, all from the school of medicine, and Stewart Slocum and Arpan Sahoo, each from the Whiting School of Engineering.

Accessible Experiential Lesson Guide Delivery Platform. Principal investigators: Carrie Wright, Stephanie Hicks, Leah Jager, Margaret Taub and John Muschelli, all from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Read the full article in The Hub: “Six Cross-disciplinary Teams Awarded 2020 DELTA Grants

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