Congratulations to 2020-2021 TLTR Pilot Grant Recipients

Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Visible Body Anatomy Atlas

Visible Body Anatomy Atlas

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) congratulates the winners of Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants for 2020. (The projects are commonly referred to as TLTR Pilots.)  Projects have been or will be implemented in Summer or Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. In response to the conditions of teaching during the Pandemic, this year’s grants include projects that support online teaching and learning or socially-distanced teaching and learning.  Projects especially explore ways to use digital tools as an alternative experiential learning experience, such as the Visible Body courseware used to study anatomy seen at the right, or virtual reality simulations. Others explore the use of video to support teaching improvement, software for modeling complex dynamical systems, and methods for adapting online textbooks to local contexts, which will provide lessons for instructors making use of free digital textbooks and other open educational resources (OERs). This announcement combines the results of two CFPs, one in Spring 2020 and one in Fall 2020.  The winning projects for 2020 are:

  • New Ventures in Professional Development: Teacher Circles, Steven Fletcher, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
  • VR in the Classroom – Online Teaching and Learning Strategies with Digital Immersion, Steven Fletcher, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
  • Using STELLA to Model the Earth’s Climate, Gary A. Morris, Professor, Environmental Science and Physics
  • Improving Anatomy and Physiology studies using 3-D Models and Augmented Reality, LaKisha Barrett, Visiting Assistant Professor/Adjunct Biology, Biological Sciences
  • An Accessible Textbook Students Want to Access, Emma Woelk, Assistant Professor of German, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

To read abstracts for each project, please visit the 2020 TLTR Pilot Projects webpage.

TLTR Agenda for Wednesday, November 18 at 1 pm

  1. Greetings
  2. Announcements
    1. TLTR Pilot Applications due 11/20/20
    2. December meeting for TLTR Asynchronous
  3. Casey Gibbs named Interim Library Director & Library Updates
  4. Zoom to Panopto Integration and Proposals for Managing Storage of Zoom Cloud Recordings
  5. Results from Priority Gathering and Feedback on Needs for Spring Semester
  6. Proposed Subcommittees
    1. Communication and Support
    2. Anti-burnout
    3. Digital Equity
  7. Summary and Instructions for December Meeting

TLTR Pilots: Interest Due 10/30 & Proposals Due 11/20

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) invites proposals for the Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants (TLTR Pilot Project Grants) for projects in Spring 2021. The TLTR will be awarding grants worth up to $5,000 to fund innovative teaching projects that incorporate new technologies and can be used as a model for other faculty. The TLTR especially encourages projects to help the university adapt to teachiFall 2020 TLTR Pilot Deadlinesng and learning during the Pandemic. This call specifically seeks proposals to support online teaching and learning or socially-distanced teaching and learning.

This program is a great chance for faculty members to get a license for some new instructional technology tool or purchase equipment to support online instruction. You might even coordinate with a group of faculty to try something new. Statements of interest due 10/30/20 & applications due 11/20/20.

The full call for proposals is here:

TLTR Agenda for Wednesday, October 21 at 1 pm

  1. Intros and Hellos
  2. Announcements 
    1. Fall 2020 TLTR Pilot CFP: Teaching Online & Socially Distanced
  3. Summarize Themes from Fall 2020 TLTR Information Gathering for Priorities Google Doc (only accessible by TLTR members; complete by Monday, October 19
  4. Breakouts to discuss Faculty Support for Teaching during the Pandemic: Prioritizing Actions
    1. what can we do now (in a week)
    2. what can we in a month
    3. what can we do next semester
  5. Report back
  6. Library update (Dave Waldron)

TLTR Agenda for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Our meeting will take place via Zoom video conferencing.  The link is in the calendar invitation.  We will be hearing from faculty who have conducted TLTR pilots:

  1. Bilal Shebaro – Wireless Projection
  2. Matthew Steffenson – Short Throw Projectors & Wireless Projection (follow-up project)
  3. Tony Alvarado – Mobile Whiteboards
  4. Lisa Goering for Dan Gold – Video Microscopes in the Biology Lab
  5. Wesley Pollitte – Mobile Digital Devices for Community Data Gathering
  6. Casie Parish Fisher – Crime Scene Investigations Virtual Reality Project

Meeting Topic for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1-2 pm, Premont 110

TLTR Meeting, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1-2 pm, Premont 110

Reducing Barriers

Reducing barriers for faculty was a past theme from our Fall 2019 virtual meeting around school needs assessments. Under that theme were requests like:
  1. Improve information architecture (online filing protocols) for everyone and provide training
  2. Standardize course shells in canvas
  3. Develop a campus communication (email, canvas announcement, etc.) charter for students, faculty, staff, administrators. 
    1. Find out more about email charters from this article: Maljković, N. (2019, May 30). The Email Charter: An idea worth spreading. Medium.
    2. Find out more about Communication Charters in this article: Burns, M. (2019, April 25). Put it into words: Developing a corporate communications charter. TechGenix.
  4. Develop wellness initiatives that foster an unplugged, mindful ethos
  5. Pruning our current digital “ecosystem”–where are there redundancies?
At this month’s TLTR meeting, we’d like to dive into some work groups to flesh out these ideas and develop a strategic plan toward reducing faculty barriers in the coming academic year. We are reaching out to the Provost’s office, a staff representative, and the Health and Wellness team, so this can be a meeting that engages multiple stakeholders. Your contributions will be strengthened with current insights from faculty in your schools. Please consider gathering their input via email or at an upcoming scheduled meeting prior to our 3/11/2020 session.  Ultimately, this effort is as much about culture and mindset as technology but we hope to generate recommendations that can help us improve both.

TLTR Pilot Grant Brainstorming Session, Wed., 2/26, 3:30 pm

Outline of a head and many colored lines; image indicating innovation.Do you like to try new technologies or new teaching ideas?  Would you like some funding? Do you have an idea but aren’t quite sure how to put it together?  Come to the TLTR pilot grant brainstorming session on Wednesday, February 26, 3:30-4:30 pm in Holy Cross 101, and TLTR members will help you workshop your idea.  The TLTR will be awarding Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants worth up to $5,000 each to fund innovative teaching projects that incorporate new technologies and can be used as a model for other faculty.  By the end of the brainstorming session, participants will submit or be ready to submit their Statement of Interest (due March 6).  Snacks will be provided.

For more information about the grants see the guidelines.  Final applications are due April 6, 2020.  Total application length is around 1200 words, not counting name, contact, course information, and purchase list.

TLTR Agenda, Wednesday, February 12, 1 pm, Premont 110

  1. Summer 2020 Online Coordination Workgroup
    1. Communication Plan (Kyndal Soto)
    2. Charge
    3. Update
    4. Review and Feedback on FAQ (see draft document in our shared drive)
    5. OLC Scorecard for Online Student Support
  2. Draft Learning Spaces Working Group Call for Participants (see draft document in our shared drive)
    1. feedback needed before 2/19/20 then please recruit
  3. Announcements
    1. Teaching Online Faculty Learning Community
    2. Innovation Fellowship deadline extended to Monday, February 17
      1. CFP and Guidelines
      2. Application process shortened to reduce barriers for faculty
    3. New Topper Technology Survey launched 2/3/20: Preview it here
    4. TLTR Pilots subcommittee meeting 2/12/20; expect CFP soon after