FY12 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

In 2011, (13) proposals were submitted to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards. The Academic Technology Advisory Council awarded a total of $100,000 for the following (4) proposals.

Proposal Title Principal Investigators Org Unit Department Award
TILE-Configured Audiovisual Workstations for Gross Anatomy Laboratory Instruction Justin Sipla Carver College of Medicine  Anatomy & Cell Biology $25,170
Stage Manager Calling Simulator, Phase 2 David McGraw College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Theatre Arts $17,000
Transforming Introductory Astronomical Laboratories to Active Learning Robert Mutel, Cornelia Lang College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Physics and Astronomy $32,000
Internet-controlled Cell Printing Platform for Interactive Biomanufacturing in Engineering Curriculum Ibrahim Ozbolat College of Engineering Industrial Engineering $25,830
      TOTAL: $100,000

More information about each proposal can be found below.

Investigators: Justin Sipla
Org Unit: Carver College of Medicine
Department(s): Anatomy & Cell Biology
Proposal Summary: To reduce overburden, the gross anatomy lab is now the focus of a major renovation and modernization project sponsored by ACB, soon to be under bid for contract, with building expected to be completed by Summer 2012. The budget for this project includes upgrades to basic power, lighting, and audiovisual systems, and remodeling of communications infrastructure using principles of the TILE classroom. We use the TILE designation informally and stress that the Anatomy Lab is not becoming a true TILE classroom, but that the designers and engineers involved in this project are using TILE principles to create physical and technology enhancements for the teaching spaces. When complete, our lab will boast improvements to the teaching space, enabling active and collaborative learning, increased faculty interaction, and student engagement, consistent with the goals of TILE design. 

Investigators: David McGraw
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Theatre Arts
Proposal Summary:

In the performing arts, part of a stage manager s role is to verbally signal all lighting, sound, special effects, and stage automation sequences. On a normal theatrical production, a stage manager may verbally call 300-700 cues and trigger another 20-50 cues through a switchboard of signal lights. 

It is very difficult to teach students how to successfully call a show due to the production and labor costs of a live performance. It also would be very dangerous to place an inexperienced student in the calling position due to the safety concerns of moving scenery and automation. So, much like the simulators that air traffic controllers use to train and to improve their focus and stamina, we would create a simulator for stage managers calling theatrical cues. 

Investigators: Robert Mutel,  Cornelia Lang
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Physics and Astronomy
Proposal Summary: Undergraduate students in physical science laboratories can be challenged by difficult concepts and unfamiliar instruments and software. We propose to address these problems by revising the introductory astronomy laboratory curriculum to use  active learning  methods and to include a more  hands-on  approach to the labs. To do this, we request funding to (1) update and supplement classroom technology to facilitate  active learning , (2) transform student work areas to spaces for team work, (3) enhance the existing robotic telescope facilities and (4) support students to help the P.I.s (Professors Mutel and Lang) develop the new curriculum.  

Investigators: Ibrahim Ozbolat
Org Unit: College of Engineering
Department(s): Industrial Engineering
Proposal Summary: This educational innovation project, which builds upon a previous Office of the Provost funded proposal in laboratory development for engineering undergraduate curriculum, aims at developing a web-access interactive cell printing platform for effective teaching in biomanufacturing and automation systems. If successful, this project will maneuver the efforts towards integration of new technology and development in science into digital teaching. 

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August 31, 2016