Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC)

2000-2001 Grant Awards and Reports

Curricular Redesign Grant

The Geo-Web Project: Infusing Internet Web Technology into the UW Geography and Geology Classroom

Amount Awarded:
$47,852
Primary Investigator(s):
Ben Ofori-Amoah, UW Stevens Point
Involved Campus(es):
UW-Stevens Point, UW-La Crosse, UW-Green Bay
Abstract:

A team of UW faculty and student Internet experts will present a developmental workshop to fellow Geographers and Geologists that will result in a specialized Geo-Web Internet site. It will then be tested by workshop participants during the 2001-2002 academic year for its usefulness and efficaciousness in university instruction.

The Geo-Web Project: Infusing Internet Web Technology into the UW Geography and Geology Classroom (Planning Grant)

Amount Awarded:
$5,000 (Planning Grant)
Primary Investigator(s):
Benjamin Ofori-Amoah, Kieth Rice, Karen Lemke, UW-Stevens Point Gregory Chu, UW-La Crosse Steven Dutch, UW-Green Bay
Involved Campus(es):
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Abstract:

A team of UW faculty and student Internet web experts will present a developmental workshop to fellow geographers and geologists that will result in a specialized Geo-Web Internet site. It will then be tested by workshop participants during the 2000-2001 academic term for its usefulness and efficaciousness in university instruction.

Assessing the Influence of Classroom Technology on Face-to-Face Learning.

Amount Awarded:
$21,036
Primary Investigator(s):
Sally Vogl-Bauer, UW-Whitewater
Involved Campus(es):
UW-Whitewater
Abstract:

This study will assess if and how the use of instructional technology in the classroom influences 1) student perceptions of faculty; 2) student satisfaction with the learning process; and 3) student learning outcomes.

Virtual Pedagogy: A Conference on Web-Based Teaching and Learning.

Amount Awarded:
$12,626
Primary Investigator(s):
Marsha Rossiter and AnnMarie Johnson, UW-Oshkosh
Involved Campus(es):
UW-Oshkosh
Abstract:

This project is to support a high quality two day conference. The purpose of this conference is to bring together faculty, staff and administrators from UW System institutions to learn about and engage in dialogue around key pedagogical and philosophical issues raised by web-based education. Specifically the program will be designed for: (a) learning technology staff; (b) faculty; (c) outreach and extension program planners; (d) administrators involved with or interested in any aspect of mediated instruction. With LTDC support, the Division of Continuing Education and Extension, in cooperation with the LTDC campus representative and a statewide steering committee will sponsor this program in June 2001.

Hybrid Course Project

Amount Awarded:
$96,500
Primary Investigator(s):
Bob Kaleta and Carla Garnham, UW-Milwaukee
Involved Campus(es):
UW-Milwaukee, UW-Colleges (Rock County, Shebogan, Washington County and Waukesha)
Abstract:

Building upon our experience with online collaborative learning projects designed to supplement traditional classroom instruction, this multi-campus project replaces some classroom instruction with computer-based learning. These new "hybrid" courses increase learning effectiveness by focusing on instructional flexibility and diverse learning styles while simultaneously meeting the needs of a large regional population of commuter students. The training methods and assessment protocol developed during this project promote further faculty development at the five participating campuses and throughout the UW System..

A Model for Asynchronous, Web-based Support of Synchronous Distance Education Courses

Amount Awarded:
$41,333
Primary Investigator(s):
Joe Hagaman, UW-Stout
Jim Jorstad, UW-La Crosse
Ron Weseloh, UW-Stevens Point
Involved Campus(es):
UW-Stout, UW-Stevens Point, UW-La Crosse
Abstract:

The University of Wisconsin-Stout, in collaboration with UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point, proposes to develop and disseminate a process and model for the creation of web sites which support courses delivered via synchronous distance education technologies. The project will utilize an existing distributed learning utility such as Learning Space, WebCT or Blackboard as the basis for the development of the project materials. The outcomes of the project will include: 1) the creation of a systematic process and practical tools which instructors and support staff can use to develop course-based web sites; 2) the development of a set of technical guidelines for revising and re-formatting course materials for web site use; 3) the delivery of a series of online training sessions that will familiarize instructors with web site instruction techniques, methods for using the site as an effective teaching tool, and copyright and confidentiality issues, and 4) the creation of a core of distance education instructors who will move beyond "single system" thinking and embrace multiple technologies to enrich their courses.

Applying Advanced Pedagogic Methods and Their Related Software Tools to Undergraduate Computer Science Courses.

Amount Awarded:
$9,556
Primary Investigator(s):
Stuart Hansen, UW-Parkside Bruce Johnston, UW-Stout Kenny Hunt, UW-La Crosse
Involved Campus(es):
Uinversity of Wisconsin-Parkside, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Abstract:

Our goal is to encourage best practices in computer science pedagogy by broadening and formalizing the communication among UW-System computer Science instructors. Initial activities include two one-day workshops, setting up a web site for instructors to share their materials and initiating a list server for instructors to express ideas and share experiences.

In a rapidly changing field like computer science, instructors spend a significant amount of time staying professionally current. The need to remain professionally current permeates the entire computer science curriculum, from introductory through advanced courses. Both core computer science material and the approaches to teaching that material continue to shift. Our proposed activities represent initial steps towards providing ongoing professional development for UW-System computer science instructors. Participation in these activities should positively impact student learning in a wide variety of undergraduate computer science courses.

Development of Interactive Web Based Materials to Improve Basic Algebra Skills Needed in general Education Mathematics Courses: the Mathematics E-Tutor

Amount Awarded:
$32,245
Primary Investigator(s):
Steve Deckelman, UW-Stout John Koker, UW-Oshkosh
Involved Campus(es):
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin-OshkoshRobert Hoar and James Sobota, UW-La Crosse
Abstract:

We propose to create dynamic web-based materials (an e-tutor) which will guide students through the remedial material needed in general education mathematics courses. These materials will not only contain textbook-type content, it will also contain interactive portions which will allow the student to struggle with, and ultimately understand the material.

Incorporating Technology -Enhanced Learning into a Biology Laboratory Experience.

Amount Awarded:
$5,000 (Planning Grant)
Primary Investigator(s):
Lance Urven, Michael Woller, Jeffrey McKinnon, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Involved Campus(es):
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Abstract:

We will develop six WWW or web-enhanced laboratory sessions using themes, exercizes, and experiments common to introductory biology courses, to be used as an adjunct to traditional laboratory sessions at various UW System institutions. These programs will meet and exceed learning objectives for their traditional counterparts; allow instructors to monitor student progress, mediate discussion, and counsel students through on-line chat functions; and increase access and convenience for mobility impaired, commuting, non-traditional, and traditional students.

Issues and Accommodation Stategies to Increase Academic Success for Students with Disabilities: Model for Faculty Professional Development at UW-System Campuses.

Amount Awarded:
$5,000
Primary Investigator(s):
Rich Dirks, Lillian Hillis, UW-Eau Claire Alice Anderson, UW-Madison
Involved Campus(es):
University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Abstract:

The goal of this project is to increase awareness, improve faculty and administrators knowledge and promote accommodation strategies based on the principles of Universal Design in the areas of assistive technology. This proposal describes an implementation plan that includes: 1) forming a work team with partnering campuses; 2) reviewing existing and developing new activities; 3) creating resources to be shared (website and binder of resource materials); 4) marketing the resources to System campuses.

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