ITLE Year 1 Learner-Centered Classroom Development Grants

Learner-Centered Classroom Development Grants totaling $250,000 to redevelop classrooms in ways that incorporate new learning technologies and create spaces that enhance interaction between students and teachers.

ACCESSIBLE LABORATORY ENVIRONMENTS FOR TEACHING BIOLOGY ($15,094)

Christy Horn, ADA/504 Compliance Officer
William Glider, Biological Sciences

The goal of this classroom development project is to revamp a biology laboratory into an inclusive and accessible environment for all students, including those with disabilities. It is intended that instead of changing curriculum to accommodate such students, the barriers to a meaningful experience for disabled students should be removed.

Glider has worked with the Services for Students with Disabilities Office to provide accommodation to students with disabilities, but in many cases the method used was to assign a graduate student to work with the student. The grant will fund incorporating technology into the lab and providing materials that will allow students with disabilities to experience the full range of lab work. Strategies will be implemented for students who are visually, hearing, or mobility impaired, or learning disabled.

Christy Horn

DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERACTIVE CLASSROOM FOR FRESHMAN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS ($35,000)

James Goedert, Construction Systems

The college won funding to convert the Construction Systems Computer-Aided Design/Engineering Graphics computer laboratory into an interactive teaching center primarily for freshmen and sophomores in the Construction Systems program.

The funds obtained will be applied toward phase two of this project. The converted classroom will have a permanent instructor station and interactive media. Equipment purchased will include a Smart Board, three projectors, three retractable projection screens and a control center built into a podium. This and other materiel will enhance the ability of instructors to convey and students to grasp the complicated software that is a critical component of the discipline. Students will be able to view the instruction and immediately perform the task.

Assessment will include tracking students' grades and their subjective impressions.

James Goedert

RENOVATING 11 HOME ECONOMICS BUILDING ($61,440)

Marjorie Kostelnik, Education & Human Sciences

The formation of the College of Education & Human Sciences in 2003, and the concurrent formation of the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, led to challenges regarding location of faculty and resources that were split between the City and East campuses.

The college continues to move toward greater integration of its resources. Proposed changes by the college are to upgrade room 11 in Home Economics on East Campus into an auditorium with modern technology, required by the Healthy Lifestyles and the Textiles lecture classes held there. The Healthy Lifestyles Laboratory will be moved from Mabel Lee Hall on City Campus to Ruth Leverton Hall on East Campus. The college will convert space that will become available on the ground floor of Mabel Lee Hall into a classroom.

ROOM 31 HE: REDESIGNING A 1973 CLASSROOM TO MEET STUDENT LEARNING NEEDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY ($42,000)

Marjorie Kostelnik, Education & Human Sciences
Nancy Miller, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Tim Carr, Nutrition and Health Sciences
Harriet McLeod, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Vince Quevedo, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Barbara Trout, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Fayrene Hamouz, Nutrition and Health Sciences
Georgia Jones, Nutrition and Health Sciences
Doug Abbott, Family and Consumer Sciences
Susan Churchill, Family and Consumer Sciences
Pauline Zeece, Family and Consumer Sciences
Charles Ansorge, Educational Psychology

Room 31 in the Home Economics building was originally designed as a foods demonstration classroom and still contains equipment for that purpose. The room is now used, however, by a variety of classes, including Family and Consumer Sciences; Nutrition and Health Sciences; Textiles, Clothing and Design; and Entomology. None currently use the room's kitchen, so it will be removed.

Currently the arrangement of the room reflects an old-style approach to teaching and learning that is teacher-oriented and treats students as listeners only. CEHS was awarded funds to redesign the room, with the goal of seating at least 100 students in a new configuration. The redesign will include making space for instructors to circulate among the students. Stationary chairs with be replaced by movable ones to increase interaction possibilities. The lighting system will be modified so that brightness is adjustable.

Marjorie Kostelnik

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY LABORATORY MULTIMEDIA ($12,840)

John Osterman, Biological Sciences

The school won funding for the improvement of lab space. The school has a series of five courses that the faculty deem necessary to cover the breadth of biology. BIOS207 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology introduces students to ecology in the context of evolutionary theory. The lab for the course will benefit from multimedia equipment to assist in data collection, distribution and presentation to groups.

Four major experiments are performed during the semester, including a long-running selection experiment using plants. Students conduct presentations at the end of the experiments then give the results. For group projects, the in-class computer can analyze the results separately, then combined. An LCD projector and video presenter will let students show the plant phenotypes along with the analysis. The lab will also be renovated, including the finishing of the ceiling with acoustical tiles.

John Osterman

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PREPARING ITLE-5 PROPOSALS
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  • Two proposals win funding - see our March newsletter.
  • Call for Proposals - due to deans Oct. 17, 2008.
  • Deadline for Deans to submit Year 5 ITLE proposals from their colleges was Oct. 28, 2008.
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