California State University Channel Islands
Dr. Hannans was the first Teaching & Learning Innovations (TLI) faculty fellow, working on digital badges, ePortfolios, and faculty workshops related to the use of digital mediums in nursing courses. Dr. Hannans has been instrumental in exploring and sharing innovative teaching and learning practices including open courses, digital storytelling, and online and blended best practices. Her approaches have expanded beyond nursing, with a focus on the importance of remaining student-centered. Digital badges, for example, now expanded into CSUCI faculty trainings, were originally piloted to allow students to be recognized for the soft skills in nursing; encouraging nursing students to move beyond their focus on grades, to demonstrate an understanding in patient safety, function as empathic caregivers, and provide effective communication. Her latest innovations include integrating immersive, virtual, and mixed-reality simulation in nursing courses. Dr. Hannans looks to utilize virtual and mixed reality to prepare students for the nursing profession, by practicing difficult conversations and understanding the patient perspective, that could not be otherwise experienced, through these technologies.
Her commitment to student success, particularly for low-income first generation students, is highlighted by her role as the CSUCI Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Campus Co-Coordinator. Her involvement in this program has allowed Channel Islands to be the first CSU campus to designate no-cost courses on the schedule of classes, and, the first to offer two
Z-Majors where students have a pathway to complete the required courses in the major (Communication or Early Childhood Studies) without textbook or course materials costs. As a result of these efforts, students have saved over 1 million dollars since Fall 2016.
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