In the summer of 2023, Rebecca Augustyniak and Blair Monroe of CIMES presented about Florida ExpertNet and the evolving field of expert finder and research information management systems at the launch event for the Brazilian Scientific Research Information Ecosystem.
BrCris is an aggregator platform that enables users to retrieve, certify, and visualize data related to scientific research in the Brazilian context. The system is an example of a current research information system, or CRIS.
Many organizations rely on more than a dozen different information systems to support their business and program processes. This can make it challenging for employees and other users to quickly find the right piece of needed information to complete vital task. CIMES develops mobile apps that push high-priority, timely information for all program and business operations to users via phone, tablet, and desktop.
CIMES created a web portal where Florida's public universities can recruit prospective graduate students from institutions around the state. The Graduate Candidate Identification System enables junior- and senior-level undergraduates at Florida's public universities to submit an interest form and invite potential contact from graduate programs, fellowships, summer research programs, and other Florida-based higher education opportunities.
CIMES developed how-to videos for individuals applying for initial educator certification or for certificate renewal or subject addition. These whiteboard animation videos are highly accessible and target "sticking points" in the application process. They are viewed by thousands of educators each year.
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence offers a 40-hour face-to-face training for those seeking to work as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). However, that format is a barrier for many nurses. So, CIMES worked with FCASV to develop a blended program with 16 hours of web-based training and 24 hours of face-to-face training. The goal is to help ensure that every sexual assault survivor in Florida has access to a medical forensic exam by a SANE-trained provider.
The Language and Culture Center at the University of Houston provides an immersive English language program for international students. CIMES developed a centralized business management system that addresses all of the center’s complex application, registration, evaluation, grading, billing, and related processes—leading to an improved user experience for applicants, students, faculty, and staff.
CIMES and two collaborating organizations were all certified gold within the Green Office Certification program of FSU Sustainble Campus. That led to the first Green Office Certified building at FSU.
CIMES is the founding organizer and sponsor of the International Forum on Expert Finder Systems. The EFS Forum brings together builders and users of expert finder systems with decision makers to talk about research and trends in EFS and prospects for building a community of practice for EFS professionals.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services needed a training solution that standardizes food sampling procedures for all employees across the state. CIMES designed highly interactive web-based learning modules featuring video demonstrations, step-by-step illustrations, tips for best practices, and “tales from the trenches” featuring audio interviews with food inspectors.
The Open Doors Outreach Network was launched by Voices for Florida as part of an effort to address service gaps for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. An orientation module introduces Voices for Florida, ODON, its service model, and what is expected of partner organizations within the network. The training develops knowledge and skills that ensure fidelity to ODON’s service model, leading to standardized quality care regardless of location.
The CIMES creative team attracted a lot of attention with this whimsical postcard marketing campaign! If you're looking for a new angle on old training, or want to develop new training, look first at our services and record of success. Our marketing campaigns will provide the perfect complement to your new training.
CIMES hosted the Virtual Symposium on Expertise Systems in Florida Universities, bringing together entities in Florida’s universities that collect and disseminate information on faculty research, publications, and professional activities. Participants included those involved with expertise systems used in research information management, faculty advancement, library scholarly commons, commercialization, and industry engagement.
In addition to full web-based training packages, CIMES develops short video trainings that use whiteboard animation to present the basics of how to use an online system or web portal. These videos help users learn very quickly how to perform the entry-level tasks required by the system. CIMES has developed quick start videos for applicants for California Tobacco Control Program funding and for individuals applying for teacher certification through the Florida Department of Education.
CIMES originally developed an integrated business management system called myCIES for the Center for Intensive English Studies at Florida State University. That system, which brings together application, registration, evaluation, grading, and billing processes with a user-friendly interface, was so successful that CIMES has since developed customized systems for the University of Florida (myELI) and the University of Houston (myUHLCC) as well.
Because the Open Doors model was implemented rapidly through existing service providers in six Florida regions, CIMES recommended a developmental evaluation, rather than a traditional program evaluation. CIMES used surveys and interviews to identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation and enable the network to make changes in real time, as the model itself continues to evolve.
CIMES received a 2018 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its web-based course called Recall Audit Checks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration funded the development of the training module.
This short, high-impact module uses video interviews and a practice scenario to deliver its core message about the effects of trauma and encourage law enforcement officers to adopt trauma-informed approaches when working with sexual assault survivors.
The CIMES learning experience design team received a 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Project Traffic Forecasting, a Florida Department of Transportation web-based course that uses interactive scenarios to train professional engineers. If you're looking for a new angle on old training—or need new training—look first at our services and record of success. Who knows? Your course may be the next one to win an APEX award.
Florida ExpertNet is featured in "Best Practices of Creating Innovation Exchange Web Portals Across the States," a May 2016 report by Cleveland State University. ExpertNet is a leading expertise system in the forefront of a growing national trend. The portal includes information about researchers at all 12 of Florida's public research universities and 2 private research universities. The ExpertNet database includes faculty experts and their funded research projects, specialized centers and institutes, licensing and commercialization opportunities, speakers bureau, and postsecondary education programs. Florida ExpertNet is operated by CIMES in partnership with the State University System of Florida Board of Governors.