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Teaching opportunities in wake of school closures around COVID-19: IU experts available to discuss

Indiana University
19-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EDT, by Indiana University

Colleges and universities nationwide have closed their classrooms under precautionary measures around COVID-19, creating new opportunities and challenges for teachers. Indiana University experts are available to discuss various aspects of online instruction.

Chris Foley is an associate vice president and the director of online education for IU. He leads the development and implementation of online programs across IU's seven campuses, servicing 30,000 students involved in online education. He can discuss typical challenges in short-term conversion for students as well as faculty and administration, as well as key strategies for assisting/guiding in this transition to online learning.

Ali Jafari is a professor of computer and information technology in the School of Engineering and Technology and director of the CyberLab at IUPUI. He is considered one of the global pioneers in envisioning and developing new e-learning systems and pedagogical methods and is well-known for his research and entrepreneurship in information technology, specifically in the development of a series of learning management systems.

Anastasia Morrone is an associate vice president for learning technologies at IU, with expertise in the use of IT in classroom learning and collaborative workspaces. She is also a professor of educational psychology, centering her research on innovative learning environments that enable new ways of teaching.

Greg Siering is director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at IU Bloomington. His work within the center focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to instructional development as well as identifying new ways to foster and spread innovative teaching among the IU Bloomington faculty. He has a special interest in understanding the characteristics of innovative teachers and how programs can be structured to foster the growth of those qualities.

Sarah Smith-Robbins is the director of learning technologies at the Kelley School of Business and an adjunct lecturer in marketing. She is responsible for ensuring that Kelley's online and residential programs make use of cutting-edge technology to support maximum student learning outcomes. Smith-Robbins can discuss the transition that many colleges and universities are having to make, from in-person to online instruction.




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Our itch to share helps spread COVID-19 misinformation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness.

Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

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Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
General Electric Healthcare Chooses UH to Clinically Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center physicians completed evaluation for the GE Healthcare Critical Care Suite, and the technology is now in daily clinical practice – flagging between seven to 15 collapsed lungs per day within the hospital. No one on the team could have predicted the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this technology and future research with GEHC may enhance the capability to improve care for COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Critical Care Suite is now assisting in COVID and non-COVID patient care as the AMX 240 travels to intensive care units within the hospital.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
COVID-19 Can Be Transmitted in the Womb, Reports Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

A baby girl in Texas – born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19 – is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
How COVID-19 Shifted Inpatient Imaging Utilization
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

As medical resources shifted away from elective and non-urgent procedures toward emergent and critical care of COVID-19 patients, departments were forced to reconfigure their personnel and resources. In particular, many Radiology practices rescheduled non-urgent and routine imaging according to recommendations from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR), evaluates the change in the inpatient imaging volumes and composition mix during the COVID-19 pandemic within a large healthcare system.

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Team is first in Texas to investigate convalescent plasma for prevention of COVID-19 onset and progression
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A research team is the first in Texas to investigate whether plasma from COVID-19 survivors can be used in outpatient settings to prevent the onset and progression of the virus in two new clinical trials at UTHealth.

Newswise: Commentary in Pediatrics: Children Don’t Transmit Covid-19, Schools Should Reopen in Fall
7-Jul-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Commentary in Pediatrics: Children Don’t Transmit Covid-19, Schools Should Reopen in Fall
University of Vermont

Based on one new and three recent studies, the authors of this commentary in Pediatrics conclude that children rarely transmit Covid-19, either among themselves or to adults. The authors recommend that schools reopen in the fall, since staying home can adversely affects children's development.


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