Horizon Grant Gallery: 2019-2020 Projects

Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s campaign to build the Center for Hope, Humanity and Holocaust Education

Anthony D. Fusco, Estrella Mountain Community College and John Liffiton, Scottsdale Community College
In conjunction with AZJHS (Arizona Jewish Historical Society) and, under the guidance of Professor’s Fusco and Liffiton, will use a digital library resource where EMCC & SCC students will research using archives, references, video testimony, memoirs, and art as an interpretive tool to teach about the Holocaust and the experiences of: survivors, righteous gentiles, and liberators.  Through those individual experiences, visitors will learn about the Holocaust as a whole, and will be inspired to overcome acts of racism, hatred, and persecution in our own time.

Art and Psychology - Connecting Classes and a College in 21st Century Learning 

David Bradley and Caron Sada, Paradise Valley Community College
Although learning communities are not new (Demulder & Eby, 1999) and the Association for American Colleges & Universities describes the approach as a “high impact educational practice” (Kuh, 2008), we are called to innovate beyond what is already known as “best practices” in teaching and learning - especially as we define student success in broader terms of human thriving for 21st century learners (Chew, Halonen, McCarthy et. al., 2018). With this in mind, the Art & Psychology initiative proposed takes a discovery approach to assessing student perceptions of learning based on shared experiences (via a learning community) and connecting art (ceramics) and psychology at Paradise Valley Community College.

Elder In-residence Program 

Mona Scott Figueroa, Mesa Community College
The Elder-in-Residence project is partnership between Academic and Student Services, which includes the Cultural Science department and the American Indian Institute (AII), respectively. We are also partnering with the American Indian Program (AIP) at Scottsdale Community College. The Elder In-residence program is a holistic approach to teaching and learning where the mind, body and spirit is nourished. The Elder in-residence program will fulfill the dream of Native students having a space to engage with an elder who is rooted in his or her cultural traditions and practices and who will share and teach traditional knowledge, practices and protocols that engage the spirit. This project will bring Indigenous ways of being and knowing to a college campus. The project will contribute to preserving and celebrating Native cultures. 

Engineering the Future: Designing Tomorrow Today via 3D Printer Technology

Casey Durandet, James Loop, Scott Massey, Chris Scinto, Paradise Valley Community College
In order to meet the needs of a 21st century society, today’s students must be technologically adept. They must develop critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, imagination, and collaborative skills.We strive to train tomorrow’s builders, innovators, and leaders today by providing state-of-the-art hands-on experiences. This project will implement 3D printing to facilitate the development of complex parts that can be used in authentic scenarios. 

Nursing Student Success Pathway Assessment Tool (NSSPAT) 

Elizabeth Allen, Mesa Community College; Robert Franciosi, Maricopa Community Colleges; Kaitlyn Ryan, Karin J. Sherrill, and Victoria Voit, GateWay Community College
This project is to create an evidence-based, valid and reliable assessment tool, called the Nursing Student Success Pathway Assessment Tool (NSSPAT) that can be taken and monitored electronically to measure an individual nursing students’ risk potential for unsuccessful completion of the MaricopaNursing Program. The weighted, rubric style tool will be administered via the TracPrac™ web-based encrypted software program that students are currently using for clinical evaluation.

Reinventing STEM Education with 3D Printing

Alicia Coughlin, Angel Fuentes, Silvia Llamas-Flores, Sujatha Krishnaswamy, Nichole Neal, Arlisa Richardson, and Michael Santoro, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
This project will help advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education by making learning more hands-on and tangible. 3D printing offers new opportunities for Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) STEM faculty to engage in multi-disciplinary projects, thus increasing the overall quality of our STEM programs and outreach events, such as Hermanas and STEAM. This project epitomizes the best practices of interdisciplinary learning and experiential active learning. By having STEM students work with abstract scientific concepts and 3D print a product will result in “learning concepts through the process of operation and interaction” (Lee, 2011). The most significant feature of such type of hands-on curricular activity is to provide opportunities for our students to enhance tactile perception of concepts (Klopp et al., 2014).

Supporting Quantitative Skills in Biology Courses

Yvette Espinosa, Jacqueline Levy, Marianne Smith, and Felice Weiner, South Mountain Community College
This project creates an Interdisciplinary experience by embedding contextualized mathematics instruction into Biology classes. This will be accomplished by the cross-discipline collaboration and professional development of math and Biology faculty.   It will also enable mathematics faculty to create contextualized Biology examples for use in their math courses. The objective of the proposed work will develop educational resources to support the more than half of the enrolled science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students needing support with their quantitative skills in the context of biology coursework.  

Synergy be Design: Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Nursing Students through Symbiotic Practicums for Mass Casualty, Simulation Hospital, and Theatre Service

Christina Marín, Contance R. Powers, and Marilyn Torres-Sierra, Phoenix College
The Phoenix College Theatre Program and Maricopa Nursing Program at Phoenix College will collaboratively develop and deliver enhanced, scenario-based learning experiences for the mutual benefit of nursing and theatre students. This cutting edge model extends traditional instruction for both student populations and overlays innovational elements, including experiential learning, improvisation, problem-solving, and service learning.

Transformative Analytics: Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI) Implementation

Jennifer Gresko, Zach Lewis, Jeff Long, and Aaron Strickland, Rio Salado College
The Rio Salado College Educator Preparation Programs (EPP), in collaboration with numerous college departments, requests support from MCCCD via MCLI’s Horizon Grant to fully explore and adopt Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI) software, a prevalent technology within emerging data analytics trends in higher education. Power BI provides creative, innovative approaches to alleviating common challenges, allowing greater clarity, focus, and expediency in transforming the student experience and encouraging student success.