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Innovations in Education

Dr. Kaskutas mentors students interested in Innovations in Education. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience in education-related projects such as educational research, curriculum development, instructional design, program evaluation and scholarship of teaching and learning activities. Students should consider working with Dr. Kaskutas if they are interested in developing innovations in the science of learning, instructional design, hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, professional and educational leadership, work evaluation and rehabilitation, or establishing a foundation for a career in academia on a clinician track.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will use a variety of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods to investigate teaching, learning and educational research questions. Students participating in the hand and upper extremity student-led clinic will evaluate and treat patients and answer research questions revolving around this clinic. Students participate in journal clubs, peer-to-peer learning, literature reviews, patient experiences, project development and data analysis. They will design a project related to innovations in occupational therapy education, implement the project and analyze the findings either individually or in small groups. Students may be guided in developing educational/training needs assessments, curricular design and evaluation of educational outcomes in both student and clinical education settings. Students are expected to produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature, and will have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Infusing occupation-based practice into hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Patient outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Practice patterns in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Student outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Redesigning the anatomy course using principles from the science of learning
  • Designing and assessing a formative and summative course evaluation system
  • Analysis of the efficacy and design of the integrative curriculum event


Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Assistant Director of Educational Evaluation and Quality

Phone: (314) 286-1672
Fax: (314) 286-1601

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Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653