Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:28pm

Four University of Iowa scholars were awarded a total of $86,060 in support of their innovative approaches to teaching with technology. Sponsored by the Academic Technologies Advisory Council (ATAC), this year's Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards winners are:

Proposal Title Principal Investigators Org Unit Department Award
An Interactive Simulation Environment for Learning Statistical Concepts Sheila Barron College of Education Psychological & Quantitative Foundations $34,600
Enhancing Research Experiences for Undergraduates William Hedgcock College of Business Marketing $28,010 
Development of an Immersive Virtual Reality Tool for Learning Laryngeal Anatomy and Physiology Jerald Moon College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Communication Sciences & Disorders $14,350 
Elements of Success: Supporting Student Learning in Chemistry Sam Van Horne, Russell Larsen Information Technology Services, College of Liberal Arts Office of Teaching, Learning, & Technology, Chemistry $9,100

TOTAL:  $86,060  

Sheila Barron was awarded $34,600 to develop an interactive simulation environment to help students build an in-depth understanding of foundational statistical concepts. Students will gain experience in designing research, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions using role-playing in realistic situations. More…

William Hedgcock was awarded $28,010 to develop courseware to teach students how to use traditional and non-traditional data collection techniques, such as focus groups, online surveys, prediction markets, text analysis, heart rate analysis, eye tracking, and facial expression encoding, to address problems that are relevant to government and business. Students will gain first-hand experience with one or two techniques and will work in teams, giving them exposure to other projects and techniques. More…

Jerald Moon was awarded $14,350 to explore the application of emerging virtual reality technologies to immerse students in the anatomy of the larynx. They will gain unique perspectives of both form and function through the delivery of rich media and the ability to interact and explore in ways most meaningful to each individual learner. More...

Sam Van Horne and Russell Larsen were awarded $9,100 to conduct a study to determine whether a customized ICON dashboard interface created to help students learn chemistry in General Chemistry I resulted in improved learning outcomes. ​Based on outcomes of the study, improvements to the customizable dashboard tool will be made that in the future may benefit students enrolled in other courses at the UI. More…

The Academic Technologies Advisory Council assists the Provost's Office and Chief Information Officer in setting directions and priorities for developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional technology directions for the university. Proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards are accepted in the fall. Applicants are encouraged to get started on them now. ATAC provides feedback and assist in development of proposals. For more information, contact maggie-jesse@uiowa.edu or les-finken@uiowa.edu, or visit the award program’s website.

The Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards help fund innovative applications of instructional technologies that impact student success and retention. Applicants are encourage to use emerging instructional technologies such as augmented reality, crowd-sourcing, electronic books (ePub/eText), game-based learning, geo-everything, gesture-based computing, learning analytics, mobile computing, personal web, open content, semantic-aware applications, simulation/simulators for instruction, smart objects, social networking, visual data analysis, and video (e.g., "grassroots video"). For a description of these and other emerging technologies used for instruction, see "Horizon Reports: Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning."