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Professors from six disciplines were awarded the fourth annual CTL-QEP Teaching Innovation and Development Awards to support new approaches to instruction and learning in a team environment. In total, faculty received $22,850 for the execution of their proposals.

“These awards are very important in the development, implementation and validation of new educational tools and approaches to measuring and growing success when students learn in a team environment” said Dr. Dale Dickinson, Director of the University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success select the recipients based on proposals that fit the theme of the QEP, required by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, to improve an aspect of student learning and enhance the quality of higher education.


Award Recipients

Chris EidsonChris Eidson, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, will work to develop and validate an assessment instrument on the perception of learning outcomes among college students who have participated in TBL.

Maria HopkinsMaria Hopkins, PhD, associate professor of psychology, will be studying how the modification of an online course to include a team component compares to the traditional section without a team component. “There is a need to develop methods and strategies to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among peers in online courses just as we have in face-to-face courses,” wrote Dr. Hopkins in her submission.

Pete JonesPeter Jones, PhD, assistant professor in the department of government, will develop simulations to engage and challenge student teams with the financial administration in government and in non-profits.

Jeff MorrisJeff Morris, assistant professor of biology, and his PhD student Sarah Adkins will enhance the Petri Dish Art (#petridishartUAB) project used in the UAB Biology department's introductory microbiology lab course, focusing on demonstrating the learning outcomes from these team activities.

Mowling and HodgesClaire Mowling, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Jenelle Hodges, PhD, instructional design specialist, will over the next 18 months investigate how quality course design effect students’ perceived effectiveness of team dynamics in an online learning environment.

Alan Sprague  and Raquel Diaz-SpragueAlan Sprague, PhD, and Raquel Diaz-Sprague, PharmD, are professor and visiting scholar in computer and information sciences, respectively. They will be investigating what training and activities work best to teach team skills to computer scientists as measured by progress in the VALUE rubrics. Their goal is to decrease apprehension, potential conflict and misconduct among students working in group projects.

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