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GNSA Digital Innovators Program

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) is pleased to announce the GNSA Digital Innovators Program, a member-exclusive opportunity for graduate students who are interested in becoming future nursing faculty.

As the ability to use digital mobile technology and pedagogy is more imperative than ever, the GNSA Digital Innovators Program will offer participants modern approaches and creative methods to educating the future nursing workforce. This team-based mentored program will focus on developing digital creators through a series of virtual sessions twice a month that will help build a skillset in preparation for a final digital showcase. Content will be delivered by Apple Education’s leadership and learning teams.

A total of 15 student pairs (30 individuals total) will be selected for the program. Faculty advisors will be assigned to each team to serve as a mentor and advise the team in preparation for the final showcase. The program will begin in November 2020 and conclude at the GNSA conference on August 5-6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

In order to be eligible, team members must be interested in teaching, be current GNSA members, and receive a letter of support from their nursing school dean/director. Teams will consist of two graduate students and should submit one application. As you begin forming your team, ensure that the teams include a diversity of thought, ideas, and perspectives.

Important Note: Teams interested in applying should be comfortable using Apple technology as this will help you practice the skills expanded upon during the virtual sessions and, for the duration of the program, have access to a personalized iPad that can load the latest iPadOS and is compatible with an Apple Pencil.

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Applications are due October 30, 2020. Selected teams will be notified by mid-November.

Time Commitment

On average, teams will dedicate between 5-6 hours each month to this program. Activities include engaging in learning sessions, reflecting with program participants, creating content, and collaborating with team members to develop the final showcase project.

Topics to be covered during learning sessions include:

  • Creating clips
  • Building community
  • Essentials of nursing
  • Future of learning
  • Preparing a portfolio
  • Universal design
  • Productivity
  • Creating interactive templates
  • Publishing
  • Watch and Health app
  • ResearchKit
  • Augmented Reality
  • Podcasts
  • Telling your story
Final Showcase

The showcase will provide teams with an opportunity to engage with the broader community and demonstrate the skillset they have acquired through telling their story. Teams will give a brief presentation on their project at the GNSA Conference, which will take place August 5-6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Teams are encouraged to invite their dean/director to the final showcase. Teams also are responsible for their own travel and accommodations to the showcase. More details on the final showcase will be distributed in early 2021.