The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Teaching Innovation and Development Grants. For the past three years, the UAB CTL has provided grants up to $5,000 for UAB faculty researchers to develop projects focused on teaching innovation and effectiveness. This year, nine projects were funded in support of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) theme, “Learning in a Team Environment.” A brief description of each of the projects follows. For more information about these projects or about the Teaching Innovation and Development Grants, contact Scott Phillips, PhD, Interim Director of the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience in Zebrafish Genome Engineering Improves Student Motivation and Learning Outcomes in Molecular Genetics”
Students will participate in hands-on research activities along with using molecular models to deepen understanding of core concepts in molecular life sciences.
- Anil Kumar Challa, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine
“Saving Introductory Accounting: Incorporating Team based learning with a Flipped Class Approach”
Students in Introductory Accounting courses will participate in a flipped classroom environment combined with team problem solving. Student engagement and progress will be compared to similar courses using traditional instructional methods.
- Jennifer Edmonds and Christopher Edmonds, Department of Accounting & Finance, Collat School of Business
“The Digital Public History Project”
Students in Media Production and Public History courses will create media pieces that effectively enhance the visitor experience and understanding of the historical content at significant Birmingham cultural and historical sites. Interactive media pieces will include 360° Virtual Reality films that can be viewed on visitor’s mobile devices.
- Michele Forman and Pam King, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
“Form Meets Function”
Students will work in teams to design and build original bicycle racks. The racks will be located in the Birmingham area and displayed as public works of art
- Stacey Holloway, Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
“Do Skype Conversation Partners in Another Country Help Students Learn a Foreign Language? An Experiment in a Virtual Team Environment”
Students will participate in innovative “Teletandem” leaning activities in which they are paired with students in another country who are native speaker of the language they are learning.
- John Thomas Maddox and Ling Ma, Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences
“Digital and Sculptural Fabrication Build Tools for Ideation Prototyping and Community Outreach”
Students will build learning communities then work in the communities to sketch, design and make 3D models and prototypes of designs. Students will use the computer lab, laser cutter, 3D printers, and CNC routers to move from ideas to products.
- Elisabeth Pellathy, Department of Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
“Kaizen: An Innovative Team Learning Experience for Nursing Students”
Nursing students will play a mobile game designed by researchers in the UAB School of Medicine. The game encourages users to solve nursing problems and encourages participation through competition. Impact of the game-play on learning and attitude will be evaluated through interviews and focus groups.
- Cathy Roche and Nancy Wingo, School of Nursing
“High Repetition Team-based Simulation to Improve Resident Pediatric Resuscitation Skills”
Students will participate in Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP) simulation – a team-based approach – to learn Pediatric Advanced Life support skills. Success of students engaged in the RCDP method will be compared with those receiving traditional simulation instruction.
- Chrystal Rutledge, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
“Using Three-Dimensional Technology to Plan and Evaluate Multidisciplinary Dental Treatment”
Dental students will use 3D modeling technology to create virtual treatment roadmaps for patient care. Students will work with dentists with other specialties to learn how to better decide between treatment and referral.
- Nada Souccar, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry