ITS announces Active Learning Fellows

Fellowship accompanies new learning spaces to be completed Aug. 1

For three weeks this July, 12 Case Western Reserve University faculty members will immerse themselves in updated pedagogies, new teaching methods and modern academic technologies. The 12 faculty members were selected from more than 20 highly qualified applicants for the first Information Technology Services (ITS) Active Learning Fellowship. The recipients are:

  • Megan Holmes, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
  • Bernard Jim, SAGES, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chris Cullis, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fey Parrill, Department of Cognitive Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniel Tisch, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine
  • Hillel Chiel, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kim Emmons, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ron Hickman, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • Sree N. Sreenath, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case School of Engineering
  • Jennifer Carter, Department of Material Sciences, Case School of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Tracy, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
  • Lori Longs Painter, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Fellows will design or completely remodel their course with techniques that require active involvement by the students and the instructor. Technology will play a supporting role and enhance learning without hindering instruction. The adoption of 21st-century teaching methods remains a cornerstone of CWRU's next strategic plan, which also champions the creation of active learning environments at the university.

forward thinking

ITS and the Office of the Provost have partnered to transform two campus rooms—Room 125 in Mather Memorial and Room 310 in Nord Hall—into modern learning spaces. The division also is collaborating with the Case School of Engineering on room 310, which will allow it to function as both a classroom and an event space. Crews started the deconstruction phase of the project in mid-June, and the full transformation is expected to be complete by Aug. 1.

Once finished, the rooms will offer participants flexible seating options and ample table space for mobile devices. Writeable walls, dry-erase boards and touchscreen LCD monitors will facilitate group collaboration and discussions. Both spaces will be equipped with software and robust network connectivity that will enable collaborators to wirelessly share or extend their screens on a group display.

Watch the ITS Newsletter throughout the summer for continued coverage of the redesign. Periodic updates also will be posted to the project's blog: Redesigning Classrooms and Enhancing the Student Experience.

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