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Teaching Innovation Grant leads to ASEE Best Paper

February 1, 2021

Congratulations to Associate Teaching Professor Fiona Levey, Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Teaching Professor Michael Johnson, Mathematics Department, for receiving the Best Paper Award at ASEE regional conference.

At the ASEE regional conference, October 2020, Professors Fiona Levey and Michael Johnson received the Best Paper award for their presentation, “Fundamental Mathematical Skill Development in Engineering Education” based on their work that was originally funded by an internal Teaching Innovation Grant at WPI.

The team received a Teaching Innovation Grant in 2015 to develop a system to help close the gaps from high school that disadvantage many students in early college math and

engineering courses.  The authors believed that if freshman and sophomore level college courses were provided with review material in easily accessible form and encouraged to use it to address common “gaps” or “sticking points,” then these gaps could be reduced.  The authors piloted a project developing a platform in Canvas with modules presenting select topics, using both material at the High School level in the public domain, and new tutorial videos to cover the assumed background knowledge at the college level.  You can read the full paper here.

The Teaching Innovation Grants program is administered by the Educational Development Council, the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, and the Academic Technology Center. Learn more about recent grantees here.