2009 (grant not available)
Thank you to all who participated in the 2006 SPU Teaching and Technology Grant competition. The winning grants submissions are from Jennifer Phelan and Kathleen Braden.
Jenifer Phelan, Gary Fick, and Bryce Nelson - University Library
Greg Phelan - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The grant will be used to purchase and install GTCO Calcomp’s InterWrite PRS™, Personal Response System in the Library Instructional Classroom and the Library Seminar Room. The system will then be used for library information literacy instruction, as well as provide cross campus access to the PRS technology. Once the librarians are trained to use the PRS, training will be available to any interested faculty members who would like to use the Library’s technology enhanced learning spaces. The PSR system includes a set of handheld clickers and mounted receivers that are designed to allow students to provide instantaneous feedback to multiple choice or numeric based questions. Questions can be easily integrated into new or existing PowerPoint presentations. The data collected via the PRS can be tabulated and displayed instantaneously allowing for a more interactive classroom experience for our students. Rather than simply sitting in their seats and being spoken to, the PRS allows an instructor to quickly engage the class and determine their level of understanding.
An Open Source Approach to Collaborative Learning via Blackboard
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Kathleen Braden – Department of Political Science and Geography
The grant will be used to acquire license for the Learning Objects Campus Pack Software Suite Teams LX application and to provide small stipends to students assisting in assessment and dissemination of the technology spring quarter 2006 to interested SPU faculty. The Teams LX software will be used on a trial basis in GEO 3500 winter quarter (Geography of Natural Resources) for 26 upper division students. Teams LX is built on the principle of allowing a knowledge-construction system similar to the Open Source approach of Wikipedia, the on-line free encyclopedia. Applications for the students fit easily into the Blackboard environment, but go beyond existing tools to allow the instructor ready oversight of student participation for grading and learning assessment. Four student teams in the class will use the technology to construct content, assignments, readings, and external links under themes of natural resource governance and management. A fifth team will focus on theological aspects of human-earth relationships. The objective for the software is to teach students skills for critical thinking and discernment when they use the internet for knowledge acquisition, both during the course and in the future.
Special thanks to the grant application evaluation team:
CIS – Dave Tindall
CAS – Gaile Moe
SBE – Jon Deming
SHS – Chris Henshaw
SOE – Christie Eppler
SOT – Rick Steele
SPFC – Margaret Diddams
And the grant sponsors:
Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development
Computer & Information Systems
Instructional Technology Services