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CTEI's 2016-17 Engaged Learning Fellows

Posted 01/25/2017
Submitted by Jean McGivney-Burelle
Category: Accolades, Campus Announcements

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI) is pleased to announce the awarding of five Engaged Learning Fellows for 2016–2017. These faculty members will spend the semester preparing to implement an engaged-learning strategy in one or more classes.

Akin Tatoglu (Department of Mechanical Engineering, CETA)

In his project entitled, Implementing Self-Learning Skills with Multidisciplinary Robots Courses, Prof. Tatoglu will explore the use of the Arduino platform, a simple microcontroller board with an easy-to-use programming environment, in the Mechatronics course and will generate a set of lectures that could be embedded into ES 440, ME 472-473. The goal is to increase students’ hand-on experiences, while studying engineering concepts and topics, as well as to improve students’ scientific programming skills at an earlier stage in their program.

Erin Striff (Department of English and Modern Languages, A&S)

In Prof. Striff’s project Flipping the Writing-Intensive Classroom, she will use podcasting and screencasting in order to deepen student understanding as well as open up writing workshop time in her ENG 311 Creative Writing: Fiction course. In particular, students will work in groups to generate their own creative podcasts, which will enhance and extend their writing, problem solving, and collaboration skills.

Kamau Wright (Department of Mechanical Engineering, CETA)

In his project entitled, Utilizing Problem-Based Learning in Engineering, Prof. Wright will have students in his ME 236 Thermodynamics I course propose novel solutions to engineering design problems around providing access to clean drinking water. Students will be tasked with designing a water-treatment device, conducting thermodynamic analysis on their system designs, writing about the process and what they learned, and giving in-class presentations on their design.

Warren Goldstein (Department of History, A&S) and Beth Richards (Department of English and Modern Languages, A&S)

In Writing Fellows: Phase II Profs. Goldstein and Richards will build off their successful 2015-16 Writing Fellows project to include now 14 writing fellows across the University’s schools and colleges who will assist their colleagues in the disciplines to support students’ writing by developing more effective writing assignments; sequencing shorter assignments that lead to larger, more complex writing tasks; and providing effective feedback on writing assignments while still navigating their significant content.

Any questions about the fellowships can be directed to Jean McGivney-Burelle, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI), at or 860.768.5921.