Friday, March 9, 2012 - 2:52pm

Five University of Iowa scholars will receive a total of $100,000 in support of their innovative approaches to teaching with technology. The 2012 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award winners are: Cornelia Lang and Robert Mutel (Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), David McGraw (Theatre Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Ibrahim Ozbolat (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering), and Justin Sipla (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine).

The Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards help fund instructional technology projects that impact student success and retention. This year, the Academic Technologies Advisory Council encouraged applicants to focus proposals on collaborative learning and student use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning. The council selected four proposals from a pool of 13.“This award program, which is funded through student technology fees, has a longstanding history of putting innovative technologies into the hands of students in order to improve future opportunities for instructional technology,” said Maggie Jesse, senior director of Instructional Services at Information Technology Services. McGraw was awarded $17,000 to develop a stage manager calling simulator. The simulator enables students to improve their calling stamina and stay focused through possible disruptions during a performance. They will learn to recover quickly after errors, rather than dwelling on mistakes and missing additional cues. At the end of the lesson, the simulator will give extensive feedback and allow the student to go back and practice sections that caused them difficulty. More details…

Mutel and Lang were awarded $32,000 to revise the introductory astronomy laboratory curriculum to implement active learning methods and a more hands-on approach. Classroom technology will be updated with furniture and displays that are more conducive to team use. Standard box-type PCs will be replaced with iPads and notebook computers.  More details…

Sipla was awarded $25,000 toward a major renovation of the gross anatomy lab. The project involves adding movable stainless steel workstations and installing digital video equipment. The workstations will serve as mobile workbenches for laptops and video cameras, with storage for teaching materials, anatomical models, and specialized dissection equipment. Video cameras will broadcast difficult aspects of live dissections to other students or the entire lab via monitors, enabling instructors to deliver content in ways that were previously impossible. More details…

Ozbolat was awarded $26,000 to develop an Internet-controlled bio-additive manufacturing system. An industrial dispensing robot and digital fluidic dispensing equipment, purchased using a grant from the Provost Office, will be used to develop the system in a clean-room facility. Students will use cameras remotely controlled through the Internet to enhance their process-visualization capabilities. The online system will alleviate safety issues, such as exposure to biological and chemical substances.  IT will also serve as a tool for supporting classroom instruction.  More details…

Proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards are accepted in the fall, but applicants are encouraged to get started on them before the call for proposals is issued. ATAC is willing to provide feedback and assist in development of projects.

For more information, contact maggie-jesse@uiowa.edu or les-finken@uiowa.edu, or visit the ITTA program’s website.