Academic Technology Center
Teaching with Technology Collaboratory

2014 Course Redesign Technology Grant Recipients

Eunmi Shim


Project Title: Flipping the Classroom for Music Appreciation
Description: Based on the flipped classroom model, this project involves creating videos of micro-lectures for music appreciation courses and aims to enhance students’ learning process and allow self-pacing. Each video will explain important elements of individual pieces of music, utilizing piano demonstrations, audio recordings, and music scores. Through integrating technology into the classroom, this project will accommodate students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles, and as a result, will help them gain a deep understanding of music.

Marja Bakermans and Geoff Pfeifer


Project Title: Engaging GPS Students with Investigative Reporting and Multimedia Projects
Description: Two faculty members from different disciplines will partner with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) and WPI’s Academic Technology Center to improve student learning in a Great Problems Seminar (Biosphere, Atmosphere, and Human Fears) by using technology in video production as an engaging and creative means for students to tackle complex problems. An investigative reporter from NECIR will be involved in teaching students skills in researching and reporting on complex environmental issues affecting New England and beyond. Student teams will then complete a series of projects in which they employ these methods in producing a multimedia report on regional environmental problems that incorporates the scientific, social, and technological aspects of these issues while facilitating peer education.

Natalie Farny, JoAnn Whitefleet-Smith, and Mike Buckholt


Project Title: Unifying the Human Biology Curriculum with 3D Anatomy Software
Description: This project will redesign the way that the human biology curriculum is taught at WPI. The 3D anatomy software will allow students to fully explore, zoom, rotate and dissect all of the structures in the human body. Use of this software will be integrated across six different lecture and laboratory courses, thereby enhancing connections between the students’ lecture and lab coursework. In the lecture courses, the software will be used to “flip” the class such that the students learn the details of the anatomy of the organ systems on their own time with the aid of the software, and class time is reserved for active learning exercises. In the labs, students will use the software to compare anatomy across species and to generate testable hypotheses about the function of anatomical structures.

Guillermo Salazar, Sergio Alvarez, and Maria Gomez


Project Title: Teaching Construction Methods and Virtual Construction
Description: This project will develop virtual prototypes for the simulation of construction methods in order to supplement the theoretical and practical knowledge presented in class in the context of a term-project. These prototypes will be developed using building information modeling software tools as well as time-lapse photographic videos captured via site webcams during construction. Thus, technology will be used in an innovative fashion enabling 3D visualization and efficient exchange of information to support student hands-on experience in technical and managerial decision-making.

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