Katherine Sward, PhD, RN

Biosketch

KATHERINE A SWARD
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch

Teaching

Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • BMI 601-002 Fnd Healthcare Informatics
  • BMI 6010-001 Fnd Healthcare Informat (Student Feedback)
  • BMI 6010-002 Fnd Healthcare Informat (Student Feedback)
  • BMI 6203-001 Clin Database Design
  • BMI 6203-002 Clin Database Design
  • BMI 6950-003 Global Health Informatics
  • BMI 6950-004 Global Health Informatics
  • NURS 6702-001 Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • NURS 6702-090 Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • NURS 6702-091 Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • NURS 6950-061 Independent Study
  • NURS 6975-062 Masters Project
  • NURS 6980-042 Faculty Consultation
  • NURS 7100-024 Research Practicum
  • NURS 7950-020 Independent Study-Phd
  • NURS 7970-006 Thesis Research-Ph D
  • NURS 7980-006 Faculty Consultation

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Teaching Philosophy

I view teaching as a co-constructive, collaborative process. I love interacting with students, and find that I learn something new in every class I teach. I enjoy exploring new ideas and the unique perspective each student brings to class. I primarily teach in the graduate nursing informatics specialty program. Informatics is both a nursing specialty and a transdisciplinary science, melding perspectives and techniques from diverse disciplines including clinical healthcare, cognitive and behavioral science, computer science, linguistics, and others. This provides a richness to the field that I try to convey to students as they establish a professional identity within informatics. The courses I teach fit with my research in data and knowledge management, decision support systems, clinician interaction with computer systems, and informatics methods and tools that support clinical research. I include a variety of activities, discussions, journaling, and hands on experience in my courses. I prefer to use a "mastery" approach especially with technology-intensive courses, and tend to use flexible, formative reviews of assignment drafts more often than summative tests. I recognize that students come to my courses with a considerable body of experience and skills, and encourage them to collaborate with their peers and share their interests and expertise. I strive to keep courses current, updating content & teaching methods at least yearly. I encourage feedback on my courses, and continue to learn about and implement innovations in teaching/learning theory and practice.

Small Group Teaching

  • Case based learning facilitator - SOM.  01/01/2016  -  present