Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College

Academic Technology Innovation Fund Recipients

Fall 2013

The following projects were awarded funds for projects starting after July 1, 2013:

  • Tom Armstrong
    Making and spaces for making speak to what bricks and mortar institutions can excel at providing. Computational Thinking and Information Fluency are now critical components of a liberal arts experience. In this proposal, we are requesting funds to amplify the availability of equipment and skills that let students explore the intersection of the two in support of the Wheaton curriculum.
  • Donna O. Kerner
    This project will transform the ethnographic field-based course, Anthropology 215 "Tanzania: Education and Development" into a Digital Field course, part of leading trend in Digital Scholarship.  Digital Field Scholarship has the potential to transform student learning outcomes by enabling students to see broader patterns, produce digital objects for discussion and analysis; acquire foreign language traveler's fluency in the field setting; and disseminate research results.
  • Domingo Ledezma
    The proposed faculty-student collaboration project focuses on the creation of professional quality e-books as final assignment for the senior seminar in Hispanic studies. Students will work on their projects during the semester using iPad as support hardware; also the iPad will be use to display and share their own e-book project while they are working on. The iPad will serve as well as e-reader for accessing primary text sources for the class, available through Google Books and other Early Modern books repositories.

Spring 2013

The following projects were awarded funds for projects starting after January 1, 2013:

  •  Tom Armstrong
    We propose equipment and programming additions to the nascent expansion of the Wheaton Makerspace. This expansion, the fiberspace, is a place that enables learning and projects using fiber/textiles. To that end, we request funds to purchase technology components for work that links computational thinking/information fluency with the fiber arts. Specifically, we want to make available to students, staff, and faculty e-textiles/soft circuitry materials and equipment.
  • Laura Macesic Ekstrom
    Student participation in the classroom, although very effective in increasing learning and retention, can be difficult to achieve in large classrooms.  Therefore, I propose for the BIO 112, Introductory Biology lecture class, to subscribe to an individualized in-class response technology that works with each student's mobile device.  This will allow for easy monitoring of student comprehension, encourage class preparedness, and provide students with a fast, highly visual way to interact with the instructor and other students.
  • Mark D. LeBlanc
    This proposal seeks to integrate iPad devices into the introductory programming course COMP115 "Robots, Games, and Problem Solving" starting in Spring 2013. This proposal seeks support for assessing potential changes in teaching practices and student learning when introductory instruction in programming changes from desktop/laptop personal computers to touch-screen devices such as the Apple iPad.

Fall 2012

The following projects were awarded funds for projects starting after July 1, 2012:

  • Tom Armstrong:
    We propose an expanded pilot project to support student-driven experiential learning of foundational, extracurricular computing skills to engage a wider swath of the Wheaton College community: students, staff, and faculty. The main acquisition will be a 3D printer capable of fabricating objects in two colors -- a piece of equipment selected for its wide appeal and with possibilities for use across campus.
  • Tim Barker
    All astronomy students will use a Canon digital single reflex camera to image astronomical objects.
  • Matt Evans and Geoff Collins
    A compass, a GPS, a field notebook, a digital camera, a sketch pad, a map, a video camera, an audio recorder; all in one. The ability to synthesize geolocated multimedia field observations, manipulate and correlate them, and share and archive them electronically can all be accomplished using built in and app-based features of iPads. We seek to supplement and change the way we make, record, and present field observations using one hand-held device.
  • Leah Niederstadt
    The proposed faculty-staff-student collaboration focuses on the creation of professional quality digital images of objects from the College Archives and the Permanent Collection for the exhibition 100 Years, 100 Objects, which will be curated by students enrolled in ARTH 335: Exhibition Design during the Fall 2012 semester. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of Wheaton Female Seminary becoming Wheaton College through an exploration of 100 objects that were created, used or donated in, or associated with a particular year from 1912-2012. The images will be used to aid students in selecting objects and designing layouts for the exhibition. They will also be published in an exhibition catalogue, to be created by students in the course, and in an online version of 100 Years, 100 Objects, to be developed by a work-study student(s) hired as part of the proposed project. 

Spring of 2012:

The following projects were awarded funds for projects starting after July 1, 2012:

  • Donna Kerner and a group of faculty for “Heart of the Matter,” an initiative aimed at exploring curricular uses of digital storytelling.
  • Tom Armstrong for a pilot project to support student-driven experiential learning of foundational, extracurricular computing skills.
  • Lisa Lebduska for the equipment necessary to shoot and edit educational videos for the writing program website and her writing classes.
  • Tommy Ratliff for WebWork, an online homework system used for calculus classes.
  • Delvyn Case for music composition software to use with his students.
  • Paula Krebs for e-readers used in ENG 290, Approaches to Literature and Culture.
  • Vicki Bartolini for using the qualitative analysis software NVIVO with students in the Education Department.
  • Tim Barker for observatory control software.

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