By Steven Krolak
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Adam Booth, visiting assistant nursing professor, has been selected as an Indiana University Mosaic Fellow.
The Mosaic Initiative supports innovative classroom design, research and active learning in all IU classrooms.
The goals of the Mosaic Initiative are to prepare faculty to teach in active learning classrooms, build a community of faculty members who collaborate to advance their own teaching, promote evidence-based teaching and create faculty leaders.
The Mosaic Fellows program provides selected faculty members an opportunity to engage in active learning practices in their own teaching and with other Mosaic Fellows, as well as contribute towards the development of learning spaces across Indiana University.
Booth’s fellowship centers on transforming teaching in the area of nursing communications, and contributing to the development of learning spaces at IU Southeast.
Booth, who graduated from IU Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010, has held positions as a staff nurse at both Norton Healthcare Pavillion and the University of Louisville Hospital, in addition to teaching during graduate school.
As a nurse, he became interested in end-of-life care, in particular the tricky and often conflicted situation known as moral distress, when the directives of patients collide with the wishes of their families, for example.
“That prompted me to go back to school and research end-of-life care, and that evolved into moral care in general—What do we do to people? How do we treat them? Is it morally correct?” Booth said.
Booth’s Mosaic fellowship-supported project is more narrowly focused on nursing communications: implementing active learning techniques to engage students in a more creative and effective way in an area that encompasses interaction with patients, doctors, families and fellow nurses, conflict resolution and much more.
“I want to facilitate rather than lecture,” Booth said.
That facilitation can assist Canvas-based projects, in-class role modeling, group activities, and other exercises to spur collaboration and critical thinking.
For Booth, students who are more engaged will become nurses who are more motivated and inspired.
That’s important, because instructors can only take nursing students so far. When it comes to their clinical rotations, students are on their own with the tools they have developed.