FY13 Innovations in Teaching using Technology Awards

Earlier this year eight University of Iowa scholars received a total of $103,633 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 Award winners are:

Name Department Proposal Title Award
Geoscience Engaging undergraduates in STEM laboratories using emerging technologies for teaching and learning $36,827
Computer Science Making Algorithmic Thinking Concrete via Collaboration with the Performing Arts $15,000
De La Pena
Dance Muscle and Anatomy Analysis in Dance Instruction and Innovative Creative Research with Digital Technology $11,700
Communications Sciences & Disorders Mobile App for Phonetics: The Sounds of Spoken Language website $6,450
Anthropology & Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Problem-Solving with Transnational Feminism $1,500
Museum of Art The University of Iowa Museum of Art Mapping Project: Art and Life in Africa $10,000
Chinese Program,
Web-Based and Mobile Device Supported Intermediate Chinese Reading Learning Website for Intermediate Classes $1,216
Ibrahim Ozbolat


Phase II: Refinement, Integration and Large-Scale Deployment of the Internet-controlled Cell Printing Platform for Interactive Biomanufacturing in Engineering Curriculum $20,940
    TOTAL: $103,633

More information about each proposal can be found below.

Investigators: Adam Ward, Art Bettis, Anthony Castronovo
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department(s): Geoscience, Art & Art History
Proposal Summary: Undergraduate students are required to take general education courses that include a laboratory experience, but are commonly hesitant to engage with STEM discipline materials. Current laboratory exercises are organized in a traditional format (introductory lecture, hypothesis, experiment, conclusions) emphasizing results as an end-product rather than helping students engage with the material.  There is, therefore, a critical need to facilitate students' engagement with STEM content in this course.

Investigators: Alberto Segre, George De La Pena
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department(s): Computer Science, Dance
Proposal Summary:

We are asking for funding to purchase five programmable NAO robots to support interdisciplinary collaborative learning in Computer Science.

The primary use for these robots will be to support a new class, jointly offered with the Dance Department, exploring "algorithmic thinking in the performing arts." This new project-based course will team equal numbers of performing arts (with an emphasis on dance) majors with CS and informatics majors to design, choreograph, direct, and produce a robotic dance performance while teaching core computational concepts. 

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Investigators: Jerald Moon
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department(s): Communications Sciences & Disorders
Proposal Summary: The Phonetics: The Sounds of Spoken Language website was created in 2001 using University of Iowa  Instructional Improvement Award funds. The website includes animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English, Spanish, and German. The technologies used to create the original website have not been updated since its inception due to a lack of appropriate funds to do so. Given the rising popularity of tablet computers and smartphone apps, the logical next step in the evolution of this website and its use in enhancing student learning is the development of a mobile app.

Investigators: Meena Khandelwal, Jerry Anthony, H. S. Udaykumar
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts, College of Engineering
Department(s): Anthropology & Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Urban & Regional Planning; Mechanical Engineering
Proposal Summary: This course challenges students to critically analyze liberal feminist stances on key issues. Students will research an authentic problem, with the possibility of implementing solutions through the ongoing UI Indian Winterim program.  The classroom project reflects the complexity of the actual problem such that solving it necessitates collaboration.  Students will “own” the problem and work together with faculty to solve it.  My role is to challenge students’ thinking and point them to resources.  

Investigators: Catherine Hale, Christopher Roy
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department(s): Museum of Art, School of Art & Art History
Proposal Summary:

As the custodians of The University of Iowa’s world-class collections, one of our key priorities at the Museum of Art (UIMA) is to determine how we can best serve the research, teaching and learning objectives of the faculty and students across the university. In our current configuration (without a physical building) we are unable to make large numbers of objects available for viewing and study; however, we want to ensure that students and professors can continue to work with our extensive collections in ways that enhance their studies and open up new paths of inquiry and interdisciplinary exchange.

We are seeking funding to support the development of the University of Iowa Museum of Art Mapping Project, which will be a digital map that integrates the objects in our collections with a wide range of historical, cultural, environmental and other kinds of data. This online, publicly accessible map promises to be a rich research resource and teaching tool for faculty across the university and beyond.

Investigators: Xiaoyuan Zhao
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department(s): Chinese Program, ASLL, DWLLC
Proposal Summary: The purpose of this project is to build a computer(both Mac and PC) compatible and mobile-device-friendly website to accompany reading lessons of the  Intermediate Chinese Reader  textbook. 

Investigators: Ibrahim Ozbolat
Org Unit: Engineering
Department(s): Industrial Engineering
Proposal Summary: The 2nd phase of this educational innovation project, which builds upon previous ITS funded project in development of a remotely controlled bioprinting platform for engineering undergraduate curriculum, aims at class-integration, large-scale deployment and refinement of a web-access interactive cell printing platform for effective teaching in biomanufacturing. If successful, this project will further maneuver the efforts towards integration of new technology and development in science into interactive teaching. 

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August 31, 2016