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Concordia University at Chicago
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Concordia University Chicago is an American private, Lutheran liberal arts university located in the village of River Forest, Illinois, 10 miles west of Chicago. Wikipedia.

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News Article | October 29, 2016

Recognizing the importance of providing a quality online learning experience for students through continuous improvement and innovation, the Concordia University Chicago (CUC) research team, led by Dr. Christopher J. Lilly, sought to enhance its online offerings by developing a more adaptive, personalized learning option for students. Over the last 10 years, the university had developed strong online graduate education programs marked by high retention and student satisfaction rates; however, aware of the potential benefits of adaptive and personalized learning, the university endeavored to expand its offerings to include newer models of adaptive education. Through a partnership with Fishtree Inc., commencing in 2015, the university was able to not only leverage an adaptive and personalized learning tool but also one that seamlessly integrated within its current learning management system, providing a much more robust learning experience and one that could scale. This, along with the support of the university’s administration and CUC's overarching commitment to adaptive and personalized learning, the team was afforded the needed elements to develop, implement, assess and evaluate a new adaptive learning course model. “I have spent nearly 40 years researching and advocating adaptive education models,” said Dr. Thomas P. Jandris, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Concordia. “We partnered with Fishtree because we knew we had found a solution that would deliver on our vision of providing adaptive and personalized instruction to our students. We are thrilled with the impact this has had at CUC and are excited to expand this initiative into other courses with the help of Fishtree.” The pilot research study, which was conducted on students enrolled in the Masters of Blended Learning Course, concluded that students leveraging the Fishtree platform demonstrated improvements in student achievement and student satisfaction. The CUC research team agreed that students performed very well on the Fishtree content quizzes. Students enrolled in the course were able to use an adaptive path that generated personalized learning resources aligned to iNACOL design standards to achieve these excellent results. Of special note, the Fishtree results and the assignment rubrics demonstrated a link between adaptive, personalized learning models and student success. As a result of implementing the Fishtree platform, Concordia has created and established a scalable, adaptive and personalized learning model—establishing industry best practices for implementing an adaptive platform— and looks forward to continuing its partnership with Fishtree to expand across the institution. “Given the ‘noise’ in the market around personalized learning, these are important data points that show the solution works but is also scalable,” said Terry Nealon, CEO at Fishtree. “Implementation is critical and the chances of success are greatly reduced without strong vision and leadership. Fortunately, CUC had both. We are delighted with the outcomes as further justification that attending to the needs of every student is possible and we are front and center in that movement. My congrats to both teams and we look forward to expanding our plans to grow this partnership globally.” About Fishtree: At Fishtree, we believe that no two educational journeys should be alike. That’s why our team of passionate innovators and world changers strive to ensure all learners experience a unique journey personalized to their needs and aspirations. We are more than just a personalized learning platform. Fishtree helps K-12, higher education and corporate educators around the world deliver a scalable, personalized learning experience to every learner with the click of a button. For more information on Fishtree visit About Concordia University Chicago: Founded in 1864, Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. For more information on Concordia University Chicago

Yuen F.,Concordia University at Chicago
Journal of Leisure Research | Year: 2016

This paper discusses collage as a method of inquiry in a participatory action research project, which examined the meaning of healing with Aboriginal women and the meaning of leisure in their experiences of healing. The discussion highlights how simultaneous analysis, synthesis, and representation led to a rhizomatic process and multivocal understandings. Given that the project was also founded upon Indigenous epistemologies, this artistic means supported Indigenous ways of knowing by enabling emotional and spiritual connections throughout the process. Metaphor, symbolism, and interpretive communication are used to move beyond binary thought patterns and language. As such, collage has the potential to communicate a poignant and evocative message, thereby contributing to creating a strong platform for social justice.

Kaul T.,Concordia University at Chicago
Journal of School Health | Year: 2011

BACKGROUND: Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children in the United States, with a disproportionately higher incidence among minority children. In an attempt to increase understanding of the factors that may influence self-management of chronic disease, the study examined the relationship between self-efficacy belief and asthma self-management in urban African American children. METHODS: Using a descriptive correlational research design, the participants (81 African American children between 7 and 12 years old) completed the Asthma Inventory for Children (AIC), which measured asthma self-management behaviors, and Asthma Belief Survey (ABS), which measured asthma self-efficacy. RESULTS: Results of this study demonstrated a statistically positive correlation (p < .01, r = .53) between the child's asthma self-management and the child's self-efficacy belief toward his or her asthma. The mean item scores for the AIC, which measures the number of asthma management behaviors utilized by the participants, ranged from 1.88 to 5.00 with a mean of 3.69 and a standard deviation of 0.59. The mean scores of the ABS, which measures the level of self-efficacy beliefs for asthma management among the participants, ranged from 1.73 to 5.00 with a standard deviation of 0.58. CONCLUSIONS: In chronic illness such as asthma, self-management is key to the long-range personal, academic, and professional success of children and adults with such conditions. Implications are drawn for the preparation of health care providers, teachers, and counselors who work with school-age children with asthma. © 2011, American School Health Association.

Reid S.E.,Bishop's University | De Brentani U.,Concordia University at Chicago
Journal of Product Innovation Management | Year: 2010

Having the "right" market vision (MV) in new product scenarios involving high degrees of uncertainty has been shown to help firms achieve a significant competitive advantage, which can ultimately lead to superior financial results. Despite today's increased rate of radical innovation, and hence the importance of effective vision, relatively little research has been undertaken to improve our understanding of this phenomenon. The exploratory and empirical investigation undertaken herewith responds to this research gap by focusing on MV and its precursor, market visioning competence (MVC), for radically new, high-tech products. MV is a clear and specific mental model/image that organizational members have of a desired and important product-market for a new advanced technology, and MVC is a set of individual and organizational capabilities that enable the linking of advanced technologies to a future market opportunity. Based on samples of high-tech firms involved in early technology developments, the measurement study indicates that five factors comprise MV (i.e., clarity, magnetism, specificity, form, and scope) and that four factors underlie MVC (i.e., networking, idea driving, proactive market orientation, and market learning tools). Structural equation modeling is used to demonstrate that MVC significantly and positively impacts MV and that each of these constructs significantly and positively influences certain aspects of early performance (EP) in new product development. This is the first empirical study to develop a comprehensive set of scales to measure these constructs and then to combine them in a model by which to examine their interrelationships. © 2010 Product Development and Management Association.

Numan M.,Boston College | Woodside B.,Concordia University at Chicago
Behavioral Neuroscience | Year: 2010

This review focuses on research on both the neural substrate of maternal responsiveness and on the physiological, behavioral, and motivational adaptations to the maternal state. The female's response to her young is presented as a model motivational system and the mechanisms and neural circuitry through which the medial preoptic area regulates this responsivity is described. This analysis is then used in support of an argument for a greater recognition of the role of hypothalamic nuclei in the stimulation of appetitive behavior. In the subsequent section of the manuscript the adaptations of other motivational systems to the maternal state together with the research investigating the mechanisms that produce these changes are described. Finally, we examine how these multiple adaptations may be coordinated and integrated. © 2010 American Psychological Association.

Duan Q.,Pennsylvania State University | Yan Y.,Concordia University at Chicago | Vasilakos A.V.,Kuwait University
IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management | Year: 2012

The crucial role that networking plays in Cloud computing calls for a holistic vision that allows combined control, management, and optimization of both networking and computing resources in a Cloud environment, which leads to a convergence of networking and Cloud computing. Network virtualization is being adopted in both telecommunications and the Internet as a key attribute for the next generation networking. Virtualization, as a potential enabler of profound changes in both communications and computing domains, is expected to bridge the gap between these two fields. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), when applied in network virtualization, enables a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) paradigm that may greatly facilitate the convergence of networking and Cloud computing. Recently the application of SOA in network virtualization has attracted extensive interest from both academia and industry. Although numerous relevant research works have been published, they are currently scattered across multiple fields in the literature, including telecommunications, computer networking, Web services, and Cloud computing. In this article we present a comprehensive survey on the latest developments in service-oriented network virtualization for supporting Cloud computing, particularly from a perspective of network and Cloud convergence through NaaS. Specifically, we first introduce the SOA principle and review recent research progress on applying SOA to support network virtualization in both telecommunications and the Internet. Then we present a framework of network-Cloud convergence based on service-oriented network virtualization and give a survey on key technologies for realizing NaaS, mainly focusing on state of the art of network service description, discovery, and composition. We also discuss the challenges brought in by network-Cloud convergence to these technologies and research opportunities available in these areas, with a hope to arouse the research community's interest in this emerging interdisciplinary field. © 2004-2012 IEEE.

Vukotich G.,Concordia University at Chicago
American journal of disaster medicine | Year: 2012

In a joint military/civilian exercise conducted in June 2010, military National Guard medical and decontamination response efforts proved to be paramount in supporting hospital resources to sustain an adequate response during a simulated terrorist event. Traditionally, hospitals include local responders in their disaster preparedness but overlook other available state and federal resources such as the National Guard. Lessons learned from the exercise included the value of regular joint disaster planning and training between the military and civilian medical sectors. Additionally, military communication and medical equipment compatibility with the civilian infrastructure was identified as one of the top areas for the improvement of this joint exercise. Involving the National Guard in community disaster planning provides a valuable medical support asset that can be critical in responding to multiple casualty events. National Guard response is inherently faster than its federal counterpart. Based on the findings from our joint exercise, states are encouraged to incorporate their corresponding National Guard in civilian critical medical infrastructure disaster preparedness activities, as the National Guard can be an integral part of the disaster response efforts in real multiple casualty events.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ALLIANCES-MINORITY PARTICIPAT. | Award Amount: 117.52K | Year: 2016

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students from historically underrepresented minority populations to successfully complete high quality degree programs in STEM.

Concordia University will engage in a 18-month planning process aimed at creating an alliance of institutions, including K-12 schools, in Illinois to achieve the goals of the LSAMP program. The planning process includes development of an infrastructure based on best practices and research in a coordinated, effective and efficient process to reduce barriers for underrepresented minorities in STEM-related fields.

The expected outcome of the planning process will be strong established and coordinated partnerships from high school to university to employment in STEM. The model, with its multi-tiered approach including implementation of best practice pedagogy, social and/or financial supports, will result in increased enrollment and graduation from STEM majors as well as a diversification of the STEM workforce. The partnership structure also provides for future expansion of the high school-college-industry network to improve outreach and strengthen the overall academic foundation for underrepresented minorities in STEM programs.

Compositions and pharmaceutical compositions including a dendrimer-resveratrol complex and methods for making and using the compositions are described herein. Methods of treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiac failure, diabetes, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease and other brain diseases, fatty liver disease, obesity, cataracts, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, sleep disorders, acoustic trauma, inflammatory disease, psoriasis, arthritis, colitis, aging, viral disease, reproductive disease, and skin conditions or disorders including administering a therapeutically effective amount of the compositions to a subject in need are also provided. The compositions may be topically applied to skin or mucous membranes.

CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Concordia University Chicago, in partnership with Emerge Education, is announcing the launch of a fully-online master of arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS). The program is the latest addition to Concordia-Chicago's extensive list of...

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