Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:25am

Dancing Robot
The University of Iowa Academic Technologies Advisory Council will be accepting proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

The goal of the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at the UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention.

Photo by Tim Schoon, University Communication & Marketing: The “Dancing Robots” course is the outcome of a 2014 Innovations in Technology Award received by Alberto Segre, professor of computer science, and George De La Pena, associate professor of dance, whose proposal, “Making Algorithmic Thinking Concrete via Collaboration with the Performing Arts,” stood out to the selection committee as a model of cross-discipline, collaborative teaching.

Projects that call for the use of collaborative learning strategies and student use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning are encouraged. These projects should be considered "proof-of-concept" projects that are new to the UI.

Priorities: In the spirit of innovation, all new ideas are welcome, but the focus must be on instruction. Priority will be given to projects that, if proven successful, can be replicated throughout the university. Cross-disciplinary projects are encouraged, but not required.

Audience: Projects that primarily improve the instruction of undergraduates are encouraged. However, this program is not limited solely to undergraduate education.

Awards: A total of $100,000 is available for awards. The number of awards will be determined by the quality of the applications. A single award or multiple awards may be made. Applications can be made to support the costs of hardware, software, and personnel. Funding is not available to support faculty salaries.

Visit the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards program site for more information, including awards granted in previous years and detailed information on the guidelines for submitting a proposal.