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Game-based learning is fun and games, and that’s OK

Larysa Nadolny had a problem and she needed to fix it.

When she came to Iowa State four years ago, Nadolny, an assistant professor in the School of Education, began teaching Curriculum and Instruction 202 (CI 202), a large technology course required for all students in secondary education programs. She approached the class traditionally -- lectures a couple times a week and smaller lab sessions.

It wasn't working. Nadolny estimated only 50 to 75 percent of the students were coming to class.

"I found that I wasn't getting the response back from the students that I wanted," she said. "They weren't engaged, they weren't coming to class. So there was this problem and I had to figure out how to solve it."

Nadolny turned to game-based learning, or GBL, for the fix.


Iowa State shares school leadership expertise at national convention

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Iowa State University faculty members will share their expertise in school leadership — including a study of the increasingly popular “self-paced instruction” as the education world shifts from the classroom to the Internet — at a national convention in San Diego this week.

School of Education associate professor Joanne Marshall and assistant professors Jason Salisbury, Daniel Spikes, and Douglas Wieczorek will attend the 29th annual University Council for Educational Administration convention, Nov. 20 to 23 in San Diego.


Iowa State students connect teens with healthy choices

Iowa State University students are helping teenagers by sharing stories and strategies for overcoming difficulties in life.


New College of Human Sciences program attracts food lovers to Italy

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A new study abroad opportunity will allow Iowa State University students in food science and human nutrition and apparel, events, and hospitality management to study in Italy.


Research internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty

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Bailie Kies is traveling to Iowa schools this fall to recruit students to participate in a study about physical activity patterns being conducted byIowa State University’s Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.

As a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern, Kies is getting hands-on experience this semester working with kinesiology professor Gregory Welk in determining the effectiveness of the Youth Activity Profile, an online tool designed to assess children's daily physical activity and sedentary habits.


Getting athletes back to the game

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From cutting-edge rehabilitations to emergency situations, Iowa State University’s athletic trainers bring their expertise at critical times when a student’s health, well-being, athletic future, and life is at stake.


Iowa State first in scholarly activities at international apparel conference

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Iowa State University students in apparel, merchandising, and design will present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s annual conference for the fifth year in a row.


Sheth aims to bring equity to science teaching

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Manali Sheth wants to make the teaching of science more equitable for students of all races and backgrounds.

Sheth, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, aims to address educational inequities in science education.


New associate professor seeks to increase college access for underrepresented students

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Lorenzo Baber believes everyone should be able to achieve a college education.

The new associate professor in the School of Education came to Iowa State University for its land-grant mission, the opportunity to improve educational equity across the state, and its nationally prestigious Community College Leadership Program.


New program uses music, dance to help people with Parkinson’s

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Betty Wright, an 83-year-old from Ames, dances every week to improve her movement, thanks to Iowa State University faculty and students.


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