The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is a finalist for a 2012 Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA).
UMR was recognized in the EdTech category for its innovative intelligent System for Education Assessment and Learning (iSEAL). An independent panel of judges selected finalists for the MHTA based on the criteria of superior technology innovation and leadership.
“We wanted a tool to help faculty develop and deliver a cohesive and integrated curriculum for our bachelor’s degree in health sciences,” says Stephen Lehmkuhle, UMR chancellor. “We also wanted to leverage technology in novel ways to advance learning.”
UMR developed iSEAL, a complete curriculum management system that makes course materials – readings, quizzes, exams, student papers, faculty notes, podcasts, videos, and other information – available online to students and shareable across the curriculum. Unlike traditional course management systems, iSEAL goes a step further.
“iSEAL is helping us to take learning to a new level by collecting data about curriculum effectiveness and learning outcomes that allows us to adjust what we do based on what works best for students,” says Claudia Neuhauser, vice chancellor of academic affairs, UMR.
Data from iSEAL allows faculty to better understand and enhance the learning process of students, says Kelsey Metzger, UMR assistant professor of life sciences. “Using iSEAL across the curriculum allows faculty to collect data and ask questions about how students interact with the curriculum. Examining the impact that the curriculum has on student learning can help identify techniques and approaches that make the biggest difference in student performance.”
Recipients of the 2012 Tekne Awards will be announced November 1. The MHTA Tekne awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles, and impact lives.
The MHTA, an innovation and technology association, represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy with members from organizations of every size that are involved in the diverse aspects of technology creation, production, application, and education in the state.