AIT Awards and Grants

Innovation Grants

The Instructional Technologies Development Committee (ITDC) makes funding recommendations to the Information Technology Division (ITD) for projects related to the exploration of new technologies and/or the innovative and effective integration of existing technologies into teaching and learning - projects that can demonstrate improved and more effective course instruction in meeting instructional objectives with technology thus supporting student success. For more information, see Innovation Grant Guidelines.

  • 2019 Innovation Grants awarded:
    • Joe Collins and Jeremy Aber, Department of Geosciences
      • Project Title: Providing a Hands-On, 3-D Visualization of Earth Science Concepts Using an Augmented Reality Sandbox
        • The AR Sandbox involves areal-time elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water projected ontothe sand surface using a computer projector and a motion-sensing device, allowing the user to shape and mold topography in real time. The AR Sandbox will be extensively used by the applicants and Geosciences faculty to demonstrate and enhance understanding of Earth surface processes and spatial thinking and problem solving in three-dimensions.
    • Andrienne Friedli, Gary White, Francesca Grupp, Amy Phelps, Eric Oslund, Anatoliy Volkov - Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences and Education
      • Project Title: Using Stereoscopic 3D Images and Active Learning to Increase Performance and Engagement in the Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
        • The development and implementation of stereoscopic 3D visualization with a team of six faculty experts who will collaborate to build 3D workstations and create educational materials, 
    • Ryan Jones and Anna Grinath, Departments Psychology and Biology
      • Project Title: Group Based Collaborative Computing to Support Modeling and Argumentation in Large Lecture Classes (GBCC-L)
        • Collaboration with internationally recognized software developers and STEM education researchers to leverage a new and innovative software platform that supports
          model based reasoning, collaboration, and discussion in large lecture classes at MTSU.
  • See list of all previous ITD Innovation grant recipients


Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award 

The Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award is presented each year to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the development of technology-based teaching materials, as well as the successful integration of instructional technology into the classroom. Up to three distinguished awards are chosen and accompanied by a check for $3,000 from the MTSU Foundation. Award recipients are honored at the Fall Convocation in August.

Criteria

The nominees will be asked to submit materials in support of their nomination that address the following:

  • Instructional materials development
    • Describe the technology-based teaching materials that you use.
    • Describe the procurement/development process.
    • Describe the hardware and software you utilize in the development phase.
  • Classroom/curriculum integration
    • Describe how the materials are used in your courses.
    • Describe how the materials are used by your students outside of your classroom.
    • Describe the hardware and software used in the classroom.
  • Materials evaluation
    • Describe your technology-based materials evaluation process.
    • Outline your evaluation results.
    • Describe how your evaluation results are used.
  • Mentoring and publication
    • Illustrate how you share your instructional materials and knowledge with your colleagues.
    • Describe any publication, conference participation, or educational training related to instructional technology.
  • Additional information
    • Describe your methods for learning more about instructional technology.
    • Describe your requirements for student use of instructional technology.
    • Highlight your plans for future use of instructional technology.
    • Innovation: Describe how what you do is unique to your area.
    • Impact: Describe how your use of Instructional Technology has impact beyond your classroom (community, university, OR globally).
    • Note: Members of the committee may not nominate themselves nor accept a nomination for the Outstanding Instructional Technology award (individually or as a group member) while serving on the commitee.

Nomination and Selection procedures

  • A call for nominations will be sent out in January. 
    • Submission deadline: February 2019
  • The nominees' supporting materials should be sent digitally to Faculty Instructional Technology Center at itdacad@mtsu.edu
    • Submission Deadline: March 11, 2019
  • The Instructional Technologies Development Committee review the materials and select finalists.
  • Finalists will be invited to demonstrate their technology-based instructional materials before the Instructional Technologies Development Committee.
  • Awards are announced at the Fall Convocation in August.
  • See list of all previous Outstanding Achievement award recipients

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