FY11 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

In 2010, (7) proposals were submitted to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards.  The Academic Technology Advisory Council awarded a total of $98,615 for the following (4) proposals.

Proposal Title Investigators Org Unit Department Award
Development and Assessment of Strategies to Enhance Self-Regulated Learning of Anatomy through a Virtual Platform Darren Hoffman Carver College of Medicine  Anatomy & Cell Biology $18,565
Stage Manager Calling Simulator David McGraw College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Theatre Arts $25,000
Continuation Funding for the Development and Assessment of Web-Based Student Generated Cause and Effect Diagrams in Science Education Fred R. Dee Carver College of Medic Pathology $30,000
Integrated 3D Curriculum for Engineering and Human Modeling Tim Marler College of Engineering CCAD $25,050
      TOTAL: $98,165

More information about each proposal can be found below.

Investigators: Darren Hoffman
Org Unit: College of Medicine
Department(s): Anatomy and Cell Biology
Proposal Summary: The goal of this study is to determine how to best support and enhance self-regulated learning of anatomy through the virtual Cyber-Anatomy (CA) platform. Phase I of the project will be the development of learning modules which will help direct students as they explore the virtual cadaver. In Phase II, we will implement CA learning modules into all of our gross anatomy courses. Students in gross anatomy courses will be given access to CA learning modules for 9 body regions. 

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: Fred R. Dee
Org Unit: Carver College of Medicine
Department(s): Pathology
Proposal Summary:

With this proposal we are requesting continuation funding for new enhancements to the software which will further improve the educational design and outcomes. 


To positively impact students' understanding of cause and effect relationships in science. We aimed to accomplish this goal by creating, and extensively implementing and evaluating a novel computer-assisted scenario-based pathway diagramming instrument.

To improve efficiency and accessibility of teaching and learning in science education through computer assisted education. 

Investigators: Tim Marler
Org Unit: College of Engineering
Department(s): CCAD
Proposal Summary: Teaching the fundamentals of human modeling can be challenging as a result of the complexities of optimization, computer science, programming, 3-dimensional robotics, and interface design. These complexities are compounded in the context of the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, where steep learning curves must be overcome quickly in order to respond to practical deliverables for funding partners. We propose leveraging the success at VSR; coordinating collaboration between the Mechanical and Industrial, Computer Science, and Civil Engineering Departments; and formalizing a computational human modeling course.

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August 31, 2016