FY04 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

In 2003, (32) proposals were submitted to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards.  The Academic Technology Advisory Council awarded a total of $95,666 for the following (8) proposals.

Proposal Title Principal Investigators Org Unit Department Award
3D Printer for Art Students Kee Ho Yuen College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Art & Art History $20,000
Multimedia Content Management at the University of Iowa Libraries

G. R. Boynton

Edward Shreeves

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • University Libraries 
Political Science $19,050
Teaching Data Structures Using Competitive Games R. Lawrence College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Computer Science $5,100
Social Psychology Experiments In Immersive Virtual Social Environments L. Troyer College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Sociology $23,000
Development of a Graphical User Interface for Molecular Modeling in Chemical Education J. Jensen College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Chemistry $8,026
Streaming Shakespeare M. Gilbert College of Liberal Arts & Sciences English  $12,293
Mental Health Care in Iowa: The First Century, 1870-1970  T. Ingram College of Nursing   $4,725
A Web-Based Course on Communication Skills for Medical Students on Clinical Rotations M. Rosenbaum College of Medicine    $3,472
      TOTAL: $95,666


Investigators: Kee-ho Yuen
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Art and Art History
Department(s): With the new possibilities and production capability of advanced technology-including a 3-D printer, metal artists can have more time and energy to focus their creative activity rather than mundane and time-consuming production processes. 

Investigators: G. R. Boynton
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Political Science
Proposal Summary: The project is twofold. We will digitize approximately 100 years of The Calendar of Patent Rolls: from 1250 to 1350. These are the public records of the kings of England. The other facet of the project is moving these materials into Digitool. Digitool is multimedia content management software that will become a part of the library catalogue. In addition to facilitating searching it will also display the materials for the user.

Investigators: Ramon Lawrence
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Computer Science
Proposal Summary: Programming instructors require interesting assignments that students want to complete and that can be easily deployed and graded.  This project will build a web-based system for supporting competitive programming assignments and evaluate its effectiveness on instruction.  Competitive programming assignments increase student motivation, interest, and programming practice.  The web-based system will contain a facility for automatic assignment marking that reduces the cost in deploying programming projects in courses with large enrollments.

Investigators: Lisa Troyer
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Sociology
Proposal Summary: The primary purpose of this project is to introduce a laboratory experience to students in a General Education sociology course, "Social Psychology."

Investigators: Jan H. Jensen
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Chemistry
Proposal Summary: My objective is to develop a graphical user interface (GUI) to a molecular modeling program called GAMESS (General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System) in order to make it more accessible to chemistry students.  Specifically, the development will involve the modification of Ghemical, a freely available program for building molecules.

Investigators: M. Gilbert
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): English
Proposal Summary:

At this point, I have material from 12 plays on CDs.  But that material is available to students only when they are in the classroom, and, given time constraints, we might be able to watch 3-4 clips at most, and often just 2, during a 50-minute class period, if we still want to have time for discussion.  So I want to make my material more widely accessible.  The purchase of a video server by the University means that the clips can now be stored on the server, and accessed as streaming video through a WebCT course, which is password-protected, and open only to students in my Shakespeare class.  So what I would hope for is a half-time graduate assistant who could do the following:

  1. Put all the remaining plays on the server.
  2. In the process, redo clips that were originally digitized from fairly old videos.  I’m thinking particularly of the library copies of the BBC productions of the history plays,  all of which were quite worn when I did the work in 1998.  The library has since purchased new copies of the BBC productions.
  3. Add clips from videos not available when I made the CDs. 


Principal Investigator:

Todd Ingram, Assistant Professor—Clinical at the College of Nursing

Major Collaborator:

Dr. Jo Eland, Associate Professor at the College of Nursing


Dr. Kathleen Hanson, Associate Professor at the College of Nursing

Org Unit: College of Nursing
Proposal Summary: This multimedia documentary project began as a way to introduce students in nursing and other health professions to the history of mental health care in Iowa’s large state institutions.  That is still the main goal of the project and the reason for applying for funding from Academic Technologies.  However, as my colleagues and I have continued to collect data, we have broadened our vision of where this project can lead.  This will be the beginning of a series of projects that will educate many disciplines and the general public about an important segment of Iowa history. 


Marcy Rosenbaum, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

George Bergus, MA, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Ellen Franklin, MA, MBA, Coordinator for the Performance Based Assessment program

Justin Stone, MA, Instructional Designer for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education

Org Unit: Carver College of Medicine
  • Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education
  • Family Medicine
Proposal Summary: We seek funding to develop an easily accessible communication skills training program by means of Web-Based Instruction (WBI). WBI is a flexible and time-efficient learning method, which puts the learner in control over his or her own learning process. Initially, this communication WBI will consist of two one-hour modules, in which various communication skills and techniques will be presented, based on principles of patient-centered medicine.

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September 1, 2016