The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI) and the Dean of Undergraduate Learning are pleased to announce the awarding of Teaching and Learning Grants for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Arts and Sciences
Susan Cardillo, Assistant Professor of Communications, will be using her grant to purchase equipment for CMM468- Historical Digital Video Productions. Students will be using cellphones to film micro-documentaries on the history of Hartford. The project involves using the latest in cellphone filming equipment including microphones, tripod adaptors, gimbals and lighting, which takes the cellphone from a mindless addiction to an artistic and educational tool.
Mako E. Haruta, Associate Professor in Mathematics, will use her grant to increase the quality of collaborative learning in the calculus classroom through student co-writing and co-editing of solutions for classroom exercise sets using the technology of LaTeX typesetting. Using Overleaf v2, Dr. Haruta will learn LaTeX in collaboration with three other faculty. Classroom assignments developed will be implemented in selected sections of M144 Calculus I in Fall 2019.
Andrew Jung, Associate Professor of Computing Sciences, is developing a new course, CS 391 Wireless Networks, which involves students in designing, building, and maintaining various wireless network environments by employing a constructivist pedagogy emphasizing “Lean-by-Making.” Throughout the course, students demonstrate and develop real-world problem-solving competency through collaboration with other team members and presentation of the results of their experiments.
Yingcui Li, Assistant Professor of Biology, will create a web-based online learning community for Developmental Biology students. The purpose of this community is to give students a platform to share their current study and research, exchange ideas, and help each other with both their academic work and strategies for pursuing career success.
Alicia Marino, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, will use the fellowship funds to design the new M290 Cryptography course and make it collaborative as well as teach valued technology skills along the way. The course management platform CoCalc will incorporate the programming language Python through the use of interactive Jupyter notebooks. The students will work in teams on Jupiter notebook labs and throughout the semester will work on a collaborative project aimed at studying post-quantum cryptography.
Carmina Cavazos, Assistant Professor of Marketing, plans to redesign the content of her course on MKT 420 Marketing Research, to align with the current needs of the job market. Marketers often have to change course based on new information and should be able to draw logical conclusions based on data and other information received. In the redesign of the course Dr. Cavazos will expose students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses.
Reihaneh Jamshidi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will be attending an educational technology workshop that will help her integrate finite element analysis into ES 212 Mechanics of Materials. In addition, Dr. Jamshidi will integrate teamwork and active learning in this class by integrating the technology-rich collaborative projects focused on investigating real world problems.
Kamau Wright, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will use the Teaching and Learning Grant to help students learn about plasmas – the fourth state of matter. Building on continued efforts to integrate simulations into engineering courses to help enhance student understanding of key concepts, the proposed effort will be the first time that the Plasma COMSOL module is utilized at University of Hartford. The use of this software and functionality will be used to impact the thermodynamics courses, and a new course being offered this spring 2019, titled, ME 591 Plasma Engineering I.
Glen Adsit, Professor of Instrumental Studies, will use his project funds to purchase an iPad, microphone, I-Pencil and apps which will allow him to respond and critique conductors in rehearsal and performance in real time both with video and written digital notes on the music score. This technology will help facilitate student learning by allowing for increased efficiency and accessibility of information and materials, and more immediate opportunities for feedback and assessment.
Amanda Carlson, Associate Professor of Art History, will be developing an interdisciplinary course Classroom as Playground: Creativity and Learning in Physical and Conceptual Spaces, which will be co-taught by Amanda Carlson (art history) and Caroline Woolard (sculpture). These faculty are developing project-based learning assignments that foster collaboration and community, bringing student voices into conversations about the future of classroom spaces. Students will study the spatial needs of artists (physical and conceptual) while experimenting with collaborative processes, teamwork, and installation techniques.
Billie Lee, Assistant Professor and Jackie McLean fellow, will be organizing a vibrant-learning-environment as exhibition with a team including Carol Padberg, Rico Reyes, Marisa Williamson, and Caroline Woolard at the Silpe Gallery March 4-17, 2019. The exhibition titled Reading Room: Urgent Pedagogies is an exhibition that engages our Hartford campus community around issues of race and social equity through art, design, and pedagogy. This immersive exhibition will collaborate with students and faculty across the campus to set forth a space of teaching and learning through tools, games, conversations, and experiences. Reading Room will both activate and expand possibilities for learning and teaching in the Art School context, and stimulate new and informal ways of thinking about the classroom.
Michael Horwitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Strategies, explains thatiGen students who are now arriving at college are qualitatively different. Among the changes is the ease and breadth of social media in which our students engage. In light of this profound shift, Professor Horwitz will be integrating more social media into two classes, Why We Talk and Critical Literacies with the intent of improving teaching and student learning.