Monday, June 29, 2015

Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

Peter Ricketts, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is pleased to announce the winners of the Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant. Andrew Robinson from the Physics Department in the Faculty of Science and Steve MacLeod, from the School of Industrial Design were recently chosen by the selection committee as the inaugural recipients. The CITI Grant was introduced in the most recent CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement. It provides support for investigating student learning and alternative approaches to teaching and assessing student learning at the individual, departmental, Faculty, or institutional levels. It is valued at $6000.

Steve MacLeod was selected for his CourseComics proposal. He will create an online interactive comic with an engaging game component that relates to course content and educates the students. This ‘app’ will help students who use electronic devices for note taking, and following along with course material, to enhance their experience. “The goal,” he said, “will be an improved understanding of course concepts, better grades, and higher overall course satisfaction.” Two research assistants will be involved in the project.

Using Java Script, Andrew Robinson will development web-based physics simulations suitable for all first-year physics courses. The pages will be used as “stand alone” applications for general and open access use. He plans to use his grant to cover the expenses of hiring the developer, for user support during trials and a for a TA who will carry out a survey of user evaluations. One of his nominators said, “this creative proposal will offer students a flexible and effective way to secure key elements of physics.”

Congratulations to these two winners! They will be recognized at a ceremony in the fall.

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