UGA announces new Learning Technologies Grant recipients

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning awarded 13 Learning Technologies Grants this fall to faculty members who proposed ideas regarding innovative teaching practice with technology.

The grant program, which has been in place for more than 15 years, is funded through the Student Technology Fee and is designed to enhance teaching and learning at UGA through the innovative use of technology. The program, which funds projects for one year, supports the exploration and evaluation of new teaching methods and is administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning with guidance from the Learning Technologies Advisory Group.

The 34 projects submitted for consideration were evaluated based on the purpose and quality of the project relevant to the priorities of the unit and university, student interaction with the proposed learning technologies, anticipated overall impact on the program, potential application to other academic areas, budget justification and clarity, and commitment and support of the unit requesting the project.

“This opportunity represents one of the few recurring instructional improvement grants within UGA,” said Eddie Watson, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. “It’s often challenging for individual faculty to locate funding for innovative ideas regarding the use of learning technologies, and we are pleased that CTL can support such important instructional work.”

The recipients of the 2013-2014 Learning Technologies Grant projects are:

• “Biomedical Engineering: Education Engineering Students through Clinical Immersions and Physician Partnerships,” Zion Tsz Ho Tse, College of Engineering; Kent Nilsson, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership; Marc Kent, College of Veterinary   Medicine.
• “MOER-AT: Mobile, Open Educational Resources for Assistive Technology Kits,” Gretchen Thomas, career and information studies.
• “Narrative, History, Audio and Imagery in an Interdisciplinary Landscape Course,” Julie Velásquez Runk, department of anthropology.
• “Development of an Open Access Video Case-Based Teaching Site for Veterinary Medicine,” Simon Platt, small animal medicine and surgery.
• “New Laboratory Curriculum and Experiments in Intro Honors/Majors Chemistry,” Norbert J. Pienta, chemistry; Daphne Norton, chemistry.
• “Development of Open Educational Resources in PEDB courses to Deliver and Assess Fitness- and Course-specific Knowledge Content,” Ilse Mason, department of kinesiology.
• “Robotics Technology for Students in Teacher Education Courses,” ChanMin Kim, career and information studies; Chi Thai, College of Engineering; Prashant Doshi, department of computer science.
• “Flipped Art Appreciation: Constructing Flexible Online/Offline Classroom Using Open Educational Resources and Innovative Technologies,” Yuha Jung, Lamar Dodd School of Art.
• “3D Printing for Art and Design: From Computer File to Physical Object,” Thomas Houser, Lamar Dodd School of Art.
• “Improving the Quality of Podcasts at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership,” Brian Higgins, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.
• “Use of a 3D Animated Interactive Dog Model as a Clinical Simulator,” Allison C. Haley, small animal medicine and Surgery.
• “Expanding Experimental Research in Linguistics with Eyetracking Technology,” Timothy Gupton, Romance languages; Margaret Quesada, Romance languages.
• “3D Computerized Models to Teaching Diagnostic Thoracic Ultrasonography,” Michelle Henry Barton, large animal medicine.

For more information, see http://www.ctl.uga.edu/.

About the Center for Teaching and Learning
The University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning serves faculty, administrators and graduate teaching assistants in each of the university’s schools and colleges by coordinating a wide variety of programs and activities aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in teaching and learning. Since its inception, the CTL has sought to promote vitality among faculty and administration and to foster an institutional climate that reinforces excellence in teaching and learning. The CTL provides instructional grants, consultation services, faculty and TA development programs, publications, activities planning, and teaching resources and media services. In addition, seminars, workshops and conferences that address a wide range of topics are offered throughout the year. More information about the Center for Teaching and Learning may be found at http://ctl.uga.edu.