Technology and Learning Award
The Technology and Learning Award is an internal grants program funded through the Provost’s Office that provides funding for three projects each year to support innovative practices that integrate technology with learning. All full-time university employees are eligible to apply. Collaborative projects are encouraged. The Grants Office will administer the program.
The Senate Technology Committee has determined that the following criteria be used when determining if your project is a good fit for this award:
Congratulations to the Technology and Learning Award grant recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Aligned with the mission of Capital University in service to others, the courses taught to pre-service special educators require specialized content and the differentiating principle of Universal Design for Learning for instructing all students. This principle incorporates the use of digital formats for use to lessen the barriers presented by print, and is well documented as effective in closing the achievement gap ( Edyburn, 2010; National Center for Universal Design for Learning, 2011; Rappolt-Schlictmann, Daley and Rose, 2013). The ipad is the newest technology for individuals with disabilities, and the applications available for persons with disabilities are impressive and affordable. This technology is considered Assistive Technology ( Alternative and Augmentative Technology or AAC ), which is incorporated into assignments requiring their use for instruction and represents a Key Assessment for Capital University’s Intervention specialist program. The results of the study of the incorporation of the iPads purchased through the Technology and learning Award will be shared.
The project proposed to integrate Kindle e-readers (the basic model) into one section of English 204: Creative Writing. Each student was provided a Kindle e-reader, a device the students used to 1) download the syllabus and other materials for the course; 2) download free samples of short story and poetry collections from Amazon.com, thus sparing them the cost of an anthology; and 3) distribute copies of their original written work to all members of the class.
The project has been a huge success thus far, with outcomes that include a savings of 3,216 printed pages, $160.00 in faculty printing costs, $321.00 in combined student printing costs, and between $600 and $840 of combined student textbook cost. Students commented regularly that they found the Kindles easy to use, that it saved them money and resources, and that it encouraged them to take their writing more seriously.
Keeping a detailed laboratory notebook is essential for any research project. This is especially important for undergraduate projects, since one student often picks up where another student leaves off. In our experience, students end up with data in more than once place, making it difficult to start another student on a project or to write a manuscript for publication. In addition, upon graduation, some students are taking positions where they must use electronic record keeping in their job and they quickly find themselves lacking in experience. In May 2012, we began using an electronic lab notebook (ELN) with our students in our field and lab research projects. The LabArchives© (www.labarchives.com) ELN has been implemented and tablet computers were purchased through internal grants. To date, Drs. Murray (Biochemistry) and Anderson (Ecology) have supervised six students using the tablets and/or ELN. Dr. Murray’s research occurs in various lab spaces, while Dr. Anderson also has implemented the use of tablet computers and the ELN at Capital’s field research site (Primmer property) while live-trapping small mammals and collecting vegetation data. Preliminary data show that the students are comfortable with the tablet technology before the projects and quickly become acclimated to the ELN. Students report more efficient data collection and much easier inclusion of pictures into the ELN.
Awardees will be featured on a dedicated award page on Capital’s website.
At the end of the period of performance, all awardees will present their innovation at the annual Showcase of Student Learning.
Awardees will be required to submit a one- to two-page final report within one month of the end of the period of performance. Details will be provided with the award letter.
Academic Technology Specialist Autumm Caines and Curriculum Technology Specialist James Kerr are available to confer with faculty members who are considering submitting a proposal.