The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2018 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award. This annual award recognizes a full-time RIT faculty member who uses technology to teach in effective and innovative ways. The range of acceptable entries is broad-such as the incorporation of a new technology, or the use of an existing technology or teaching methodology in a unique way. With the launch of the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI), and its emphasis on fostering the use of technology to positively impact student learning, nominations for this award will be evaluated against the Institute's definition and rubric of innovative teaching and learning:
"Any teaching strategy, approach, technique, or tool that is used, or used in a new way, to produce quantifiable gain for student outcomes or the student experience, and can be implemented widely at RIT."
Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor
Principal Lecturer, Communication
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Advertising & Public Relations and Communication
College of Liberal Arts, School of Communication
Effective communication demands a deep understanding of audience. This concept drives Elizabeth’s pedagogy; it was foremost in mind as she created an online public speaking course. One major challenge was incorporating audience feedback, given that an authentic speech situation requires an audience beyond the instructor. Elizabeth’s solution was to use an online video management and assessment tool to organize and store recordings, and to facilitate time-coded instructor and peer review. A multi-step process for uploading, captioning, and streaming speeches was devised so that these reviews were accessible to all students (hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing). The result was a highly interactive course and a pedagogical experience that maintained the integrity of the material. The process can be easily adopted by instructors interested in including online peer-reviewed oral communication work in their courses.
Brian Tomaszewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Information Sciences and Technology
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Brian’s innovative use of technology involves Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Because GIS deals with geographically-oriented problems, it’s applicable to a wide variety of teaching with technology contexts. GIS opens up the potential for breakthrough, creative teaching approaches. A colleague noted: "Professor Tomaszewski has incorporated the use of hand held GPS devices, cell phones, drones, and other location based devices into the classroom. As drones are not allowed outside the buildings, he created an imaginative setup in the classroom for the students to learn how drones can be used for disaster management and GIS information gathering and analysis. The students engage in using the drones to investigate the surroundings, record pictures of important information, and create a story from pictures they took using the drones." With respect to Brian’s use of GIS in his teaching, the selection committee was particularly impressed by the ways he was able to build bridges between computing and the digital humanities, as well as global campuses.
Mario W. Gomes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Mario Gomes was recognized for his use of hands-on activities in engineering classes. His nominator noted: "Dr. Gomes does an amazing job using in class examples, demonstrators and online videos to help students learn how to program effectively and appropriately for their projects. He encourages students to use the tools available to them to fabricate parts of their robot, opening up their minds to how and what they can make. Students also figure out that their computers can also be amazing tools, rather than just social or fun items. This is important for many of them starting out in their career."
Robert Garrick, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor, Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET)
College of Applied Science and Technology
Robert Garrick was recognized for leading a multi-year study of learning technologies that combined tablet PC’s, multiple projection, and classroom management software. In the TRILE study (Technology-Rich Interactive Learning Environment), faculty piloting the approach designed by Dr. Garrick took both qualitative measures of improved student experience, and quantitative measures of the variables that lowered the DWF rate for students in those classes.
Robert Teese, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Robert Teese was recognized for the LivePhoto Physics project, which published a book of video-analysis activities for introductory physics courses and Interactive Video Vignettes. The project has been holding frequent workshops for university and high-school teachers.
Victor Perotti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Area Leader
Entreneurship & Digital Business
E. Philip Saunders College of Business
Vic Perotti was recognized for his development of DigEnt, a nationally recognized social network created on the Ning network for the Digital Entrepreneurship course. Its goal was to promote exchanges between RIT students and a network of other students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world. The key insight that led to the creation of DigEnt is that RIT students, as part of their course work, can create valuable content and in return receive feedback and advice from experts in the area of Online Entrepreneurship.
Nominations for the 2017-18 award closed on December 15, 2017. Applications and nominations for the 2018-19 award will open during the Fall semester of 2018.
The review committee assesses nominations to determine if they meet eligibility requirements, then individually and collectively ranks the application package according to how strongly each candidate meets the stated criteria. After careful deliberation, one recipient is selected from the pool. The review committee provides its recommendation to the Provost.
Nominations are requested during Fall Semester each year, and one award is given annually in Spring Semester.
The award will be given at the spring Celebration of Teaching ceremony attended by the recipient and guests, Provost, deans, trustees, former winners of this award, and recipients of RIT distinguished teaching and service awards. The recipient will be presented with a framed certificate and a $1,000 award.