Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CEHHS participates in UM-Dearborn Spring Open House

Jonathan Larson, academic advisor, gave information to prospective students
and their parents about all programs offered by CEHHS

DEARBORN, MI. - The UM-Dearborn Open House on Saturday, April 22, 2017, was a whirling success! The spinning wheel always draws in a crowd of prospective first-year and transfer students as they spin the wheel to win a prize.  Students learned about CEHHS degree programs in Education and Health and Human Services from advisors Lindsey Tarrant and Jonathan Larson.  Health Professions Advisor Tahnee Prokopow was inundated with students interested in a variety of health professions and professional school admission requirements.

Tahnee Prokopow, health professions advisor, received many visitors
interested on health professions requirements
Ten simulated college classes were offered at the Open House. Two CEHHS faculty taught classes including Dr. Natalie Sampson, For the Health of It, and Dr. Martha Adler, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut:  Deconstructing Learning to Read.  Dr. Sampson led an exciting class exploring the role of public health in addressing some of society's greatest challenges ranging from chronic disease management to protecting residents during oil spills. Dr. Adler used the Dr. Seuss book to engage students through interactive learning experiences to explore the development of reading comprehension.

Dr. Patricia Wren, the new Department Chair of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Susan Everett, Department Chair of Education, met throughout the day with prospective students and their families, answering questions about the full range of academic programs, course requirements, and career options that await students in CEHHS. 

Dr. Patricia Wren, Department Chair of Health and Human Services
answered questions from prospective students and their families

Lindsey Tarrant led the CEHHS informational session giving an overview of the undergraduate degree programs and certificates. She shared resources and information about important student support services such as prospective student advising.

CEHHS faculty and staff look forward to seeing many of the attendees beginning their experiences at UM-Dearborn in the summer and fall.

Friday, March 24, 2017

CEHHS Faculty Present Research at International Conference

AUSTIN, TX. - Dr. Stein Brunvand and Dr. David Hill, Associate Professors from the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), presented research on the gamification of learning at the 28th Society for Informational Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) annual conference held this year in Austin, Texas from March 5-9, 2017.

Dr. Stein Brunvand
Dr. Brunvand and Dr. Hill have been using GradeCraft in their undergraduate courses since the 2015 winter semester to create gameful learning experiences for their students.  GradeCraft is a gamified learning management system (LMS) that was created on the Ann Arbor campus. 

In a gamified course, students have the freedom to choose what assignments they will complete in order to earn the points they need to “level up” to the overall grade they want.  This is much like a video game environment where players earn points in order to move through the different levels of the game.  In addition, in a gamified course there are locks/unlocks with different assignments and tasks that students need to complete in order to access more difficult assignments.  This is also similar to a video game that requires the player to find hidden treasure, secret keys and other items in order to unlock other challenges and levels. 

The use of gamified learning has increased within the educational community over the last decade in an attempt to enhance student learning in multiple ways. 
Dr. David Hill
In particular, researchers have started to examine gamified learning and the potential impact on student motivation and engagement within educational settings. However, few studies have examined the relationship between specific tools embedded within a LMS and student outcomes at the postsecondary level.

The purpose of this study conducted by Dr. Brunvand and Dr. Hill was to investigate the impact of a grade predictor tool embedded within GradeCraft on 75 college students’ ability to accurately predict their final grades. You can view their presentation slides online if you are interested in learning more about their work.

Friday, March 17, 2017

CEHHS Welcomes New Chair of Health and Human Services Department

DEARBORN, MI. - On March 13, 2017, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) welcomed Dr. Patricia Wren as the new Chair of Health and Human Services Department.

Dr. Wren earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in the management of public services from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  Later, she completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Behavior/Health Education and her Ph.D. in Education both at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Patricia Wren, Chair of Health and Human Services Department

Her experience in the Health field started in the School of Public Health, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as Assistant Research Scientist. In 2006, she joined the faculty at Oakland University as an Assistant Professor in the Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention Program.  In 2010, she was promoted to Associate Professor and named Program Director of the Applied Health Sciences Program and also became the first director of Oakland University’s Master of Public Health Program (MPH) program in 2013.  In 2016, Dr. Wren was promoted to the rank of professor.

Dr. Wren is delighted to continue her career in CEHHS, "This College understands that the health of individuals, families, and communities is fundamentally related to the strength of our educational systems, ease of access to health care, and the provision of robust human and social services", she said.

She also encourages students to consider enrolling in one of the CEHHS' Health and Human Services programs: "Look for me in the schedule of classes, in the hallway, and at events. I look forward to working closely with everyone to help make a difference in our region."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Volunteers of America Awards CEHHS Staff

DETROIT, MI.- On Friday, March 3, 2017, Angela Capuano, PhD, LP, BCBA-D, and Jennifer L.S. Teller, PhD, represented the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) at the Volunteers of America (VOA) Technical Planning Session for Health Professionals Opportunity Grant (HPOG).

The planning session was held at the Wayne County Community College District - Northwest Campus in Detroit. During the meeting, Drs. Capuano and Teller were honored with the HPOG Champions award for their work in training HPOG participants and identifying placement opportunities.

HPOG is administered by the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, to provide education and training for healthcare occupations that turn into a career. Volunteers of America HPOG strives to support participants and their families to ensure successful completion of healthcare training programs and positive retention of meaningful employment in Wayne County.

HPOG’s slogan is “Together, we are ending generational poverty through healthcare careers.” In addition to other partners, CEHHS has been assisting Volunteers of America with the HPOG training opportunities. This year, CEHHS offered training slots to HPOG participants for the Registered Behavior Technician training. Next year’s plans include expanding the opportunities to other certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programming associated with healthcare careers.

HPOG participants are a) individuals receiving federal cash assistance, b) military veterans who are experiencing low income or homelessness, or c) individuals who are at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Line. Over the five-year grant period, HPOG will support 1,250 individuals.

Supportive services provided by HPOG to participants include training fees, dependent care stipend, vehicle repair, training supplies, uniforms, medical screening, background checks, exam fees, books, and transportation assistance.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity Urges to Rework Metro Detroit Pedestrian Infrastructure

Detroit Eastern Market. Photo by: HB Meeks
DEARBORN, MI - As a response to an article published on Daily Detroit about Detroit being listed as the least healthy city in America, three members of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services' Center of Disparity Solutions and Equity (CDSE) decided to write an Op-Ed to present their recommendations to help Metro Detroit pedestrians achieve a healthier and safer way of life.

In their article, Janine Janosky, Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), Jennifer Teller, CEHHS Program Manager and Darrin C. Winston Jr., Public Ally for the CDSE stated that more efforts should be made to make streets safe for walking. The area of Detroit-Warren-Dearborn had an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities within the last two years.

"Ironically, this is when health experts are encouraging Americans to walk more to prevent chronic diseases and obesity", the authors said.

Read the full article Time to Rework Our Pedestrian Infrastructure For Healthier Communities and To Save Lives in Daily Detroit.
Downtown Detroit Free Press Marathon. Photo by: HB Meeks

 The CDSE—a community-driven organization developed by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Education, Health, and Human Services—proudly partners with community, corporate, education, government, health and wellness organizations spanning the Detroit area, the State of Michigan and the United States. Working in collaboration with these stakeholders and through the application of leading-edge research, the CDSE seeks to implement actionable solutions by way of innovative programs and policies, systems and environment best practices and responsible evaluation mechanisms—among other channels.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Eugene Rogers Speaks on Art, Engagement, and Community

DEARBORN, MI - “Great art should do more than entertain.  Great art should provoke thought.”   University of Michigan Associate Professor of Conducting Eugene Rogers engaged an audience in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) on January 18, 2017 in an exploration of the role of art in society and art’s potential to inspire civil discourse about challenging issues.  Students, faculty, and staff from the University of Michigan-Dearborn as well as the Frederick Douglass Academy were in attendance.
Dr. Eugene Rogers

Rogers guided the audience through his process of creating the documentary, Love, Life & Loss, on the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club’s production of Joel Thompson’s multi-movement work, The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.  After seeing portions of the documentary, CEHHS students described the work as “moving” and “inspirational.”  Thanks to a grant from the Hub for Teaching and Learning at UM-Dearborn, most of the participants will attend the premiere on February 12, 2017 at the Max Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

Quan Neloms, a veteran social studies teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, commented on the educational impact on his students, “As a teacher, I endeavor to expose my students to varying mediums to promote critical thought.  Dr. Rogers’ presentation not only introduced my students to the fine arts, but also engaged them in a way that was pertinent.  The young men from the Frederick Douglass Academy walked away with a new experience and new ways to think about social issues.”

The event was sponsored by the UM-Dearborn Office of Student Engagement, the Office of Metropolitan Impact, the Hub for Teaching and Learning, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  Free tickets to the premiere of The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed at Orchestra Hall are available to UM-Dearborn students in the Office of Student Engagement.  Faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $5.00.

CEHHS would like to thank Julie Anne Taylor, professor of education, for coordinating the visit by Eugene Rogers.

Dr. Eugene Rogers directs the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club

Friday, January 13, 2017

Quicken Loans present Internship Opportunities to CEHHS Students

QL representatives talk with students about internship opportunities
DEARBORN, MI - Representatives from Quicken Loans visited the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) to present the hands-on internship available for this coming summer.

Chris Carline and Emily Bliss hosted an information table on January 11th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the second floor lobby of the Fairlane Center South building to share information and answer questions to approximately 30 CEHHS students about their internship opportunities at Quicken Loans.

QL Representatives, Chris Carline and Emily Bliss
 Three months ago, Dr. Susan Everett, Chair of the Department of Education, and Dr. Stein Brunvand, Director of Master's Degree Programs for CEHHS, met with representatives from Quicken Loans and were able to tour some of the company's owned properties in downtown Detroit to learn about the culture and climate of the work environment where interns are placed. Interns gain real world experience by working on authentic tasks with a designated team.
Quicken Loans training teams are looking for internship candidates that want to make an immediate impact. They offer a variety of paid internship opportunities, including facilitation, instructional design, training coordination, and instructional technologist.  Students can apply for summer internships online.

The internships also include opportunities to learn about the city, participate in volunteer activities in the community and enjoy many of the wonderful events that downtown Detroit offers.

QL representatives explain to students about the opportunity to gain
real world experience through their internships.
If students are interested in learning more about Quicken they can sign-up for a company tour organized by the Office of Career Services.  The tour is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and students should contact Katie Hayes (katiehay@umich.edu) for more information or click here to RSVP.