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Franklin University Named Harman Innovation Finalist

Columbus, OH (May 5, 2016)

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, is proud to announce it has been named a Harman Innovation Award at UBTech finalist for its Transparent Justice video, under the Video in the Learning Space category.

The annual Harman Innovation Awards at UBTech celebrate innovative higher education institutions and their use of AV and IT technology in 5 categories: 'Campus Impact', 'Classroom Design and Implementation', 'Audio Experience', 'Video in the Learning Space', and 'Active Learning Space'.

The award program is open to all colleges and universities, and the winner in each category will receive $25,000 of product from Harman and its subsidiary brands.

Technological advancements provide the basis for interactive and reflective tools to advance learning outcomes. The field of criminal justice is highly complex; yet, few educational opportunities exists for students to engage in holistic, iterative, and authentic, online experiences. Franklin University faculty and members of its International Institute for Innovative Instruction (The Institute) developed this tool to provide these experiences to help students develop critical thinking skills.

Research indicates that this online, experiential, and authentic learning opportunity will enhance student engagement and learning. Given the call for experiential learning in online courses, Franklin faculty and staff began a series of discussions with Franklin County Common Pleas Court personnel to determine whether the University could bring cameras inside the courtroom to film a criminal trial. The goal was to develop a comprehensive experience for the student that would require experiential application of program material to the real-world setting beginning with criminogenic risks to aftercare.

“We are honored to be recognized as a finalist with such a distinguished group of peer institutions,” stated Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, associate provost, academic quality and executive director, The Institute. “In today’s online learning space, it is imperative to provide clear and effective tools to aid in the learning experience. The implementation of video into Franklin University’s criminal justice curriculum provided not only the insight into an integral component of our criminal justice system, it created an engaging and visual learning tool to stimulate critical thinking.”

For more information on Franklin University’s B.S. - Criminal Justice Administration program, visit:

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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