Lou Quast, associate chair and lecturer in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the University's College of Continuing Education (CCE), Nov. 15, in recognition of his outstanding educational contributions to CCE.
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Brad Greiman, adviser to students in the agricultural education programs in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received a 2013 Outstanding Adviser award.
The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has appointed Dr. Frances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), as an expert on the Joint ILO-UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART).
The University of Minnesota STEM Education Center has been awarded a $681,390 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Workshop: I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps-L): A Pilot Initiative to Propagate & Scale Educational Innovations." The I-Corps-L project is based on the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) model and will guide teams using established strategies for business start-ups, such as the Business Model Canvas and the Lean Launch Pad, to build entrepreneurial skills that will encourage mainstream application of their findings.
The project goal is to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset for academic research. Each of 10 teams is composed of an NSF-funded researcher with a project in undergraduate STEM education, an entrepreneurial lead, and a mentor.
"This project has the potential for achieving the elusive goal of educational transformation through propagation and scale of educational innovations," says principal investigator Dr. Karl Smith, executive co-director of the STEM Education Center and an emeritus professor of civil engineering.
Project lead instructors are Dr. Smith; Dr. Ann McKenna, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering and Computing at Arizona State University; and Dr. Chris Swan, associate dean of undergraduate curriculum development at the School of Engineering at Tuft's University. Co-instructors are Dr. James Barlow, Tuft's University; Dr. Russell Korte, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Drs. Shawn Jordan and Micah Lande, Arizona State University; and Robert MacNeal, Working Company. Each instructor brings a unique background in research, business, and STEM education. Lean Launch Pad developer Steve Blank and Jerome Engel, national faculty director for the NSF I-Corps programs are consultants. Brandy Nagel serves as the teaching assistant.
Other partners in the project include Dr. Rocio Chavela and colleagues at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), who are managing the I-Corps-L logistics, as well as Drs. Gary Lichtenstein and Cathleen Simons at Quality Evaluation Designs (QED) who are conducting the project evaluation.
See details on the award and project goals at the NSF website.
Michael Goh, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and 20 students from OLPD 5132-Intercultural Education and Training participated and served as racial justice circle facilitators at the 11th Annual YWCA It's Time To Talk (ITT) Forums on Race. The Oct. 23 event in Minneapolis brought together 1,300 diverse community leaders across Minnesota--from business, education, arts, and community service to dialogue about race and commit to eliminating racism. This year's event was keynoted by Andrés Tapia, one of the leading voices in shaping a contemporary, next-generation approach to diversity and inclusion and author of the groundbreaking book The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
"These events are "a way for institutions to express their personalities," says Gwendolyn Freed, who wrote her Ph.D. dissertation in educational policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on signature events. The events are usually heavily marketed to prospective students to reflect a college's character--whether ultra-intellectual or more lighthearted, she says.
The events help students feel a school fits their values and personality, says Ms. Freed, now vice president for institutional advancement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle."
Freed received her Ph.D. in educational policy and administration - higher education from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in 2012.
In 2010-11, CEHD Dean Jean Quam and David Ernst, CEHD's chief information officer, speculated about the use of the newly released iPad tablet with CEHD's 450 new freshmen:
• Could it improve teaching and learning?
• Could it reduce costs for students by leveraging digital content?
• What other benefits might there be?
To answer these questions, CEHD administrative staff worked with faculty to help them integrate the iPads into their teaching and took a thorough look at course content to determine where costs could be reduced. After issuing iPads to incoming freshmen for the last four years, CEHD learned that iPad use by students and faculty has led to the following innovations:
1. Use of Open Textbooks - Free, open-source, peer-reviewed, high quality textbooks were made available by the creation of the Open Textbook Catalog. In 2012-13, ten CEHD faculty chose to adopt open textbooks, saving their students approximately $100,000. In addition, the open license has allowed faculty to customize the textbooks to better meet their students' needs. The initiative has caught the attention of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which is considering providing funding to replicate this project nationally.
2. Digital Course Packs - CEHD partnered with the University Libraries, the Copyright Center, and the University Bookstore to create digital course packs of articles required by faculty for their courses. The new process ensures that students don't need to purchase articles that are already licensed by the Libraries. In addition, students save money because the course packs are digital. (Students report that they prefer reading course materials on their iPads to printed versions by more than 2:1.) Students will only be charged if an article is not already licensed by the Library. In the 2012-13 pilot, nine CEHD faculty saved students over $14,000 by using digital course packs. This process is being spread University-wide including integration into the University's course management system, Moodle, giving students a single point to access their course materials.
3. Use of Apple TV - CEHD pioneered the University's use of Apple TVs to wirelessly project iPads from anywhere (or anyone) in the classroom. With help from the Office of Information Technology and Office of Classroom Management, this innovation has scaled to an enterprise service and is now available in most University classrooms. Apple TVs are easier to use and less expensive than smart boards, which are commonly used in K-12 classrooms.
4. Mobile Application - VideoANT is a powerful online tool that was developed by CEHD staff to allow faculty and students to give time-specific feedback on video recordings of performances. VideoANT can now be used on iPads in the field, as it is now mobile-enabled.
5. Treks Mobile - CEHD staff have extended the popular Treks faculty development program to include a Treks Mobile offering to help faculty use mobile devices in their teaching.
In addition, students have reported that the iPads positively impacted their academics by helping them:
• Complete course-related work outside the classroom (86%)
• Demonstrate their learning in more ways (85%)
• Communicate their ideas more effectively (76%)
• Feel more engaged in their courses (62%)
Read more about CEHD's mobile teaching and learning initiatives. Also see the Star Tribune story "On campus beat: How iPad study cut text costs at U."
Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, a Ph.D. student in the higher education track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been chosen to receive the Minnesota Personnel Association's (MCPA) Voice of Inclusion award. The MCPA Voice of Inclusion Award recognizes initiatives or individuals who serve Minnesota Higher Education by creating exemplary environments of inclusion for our students, employees, and/or institutions. "Recipients exhibit an ongoing commitment towards advancing multiculturalism, bringing typically underrepresented voices and identities to the forefront of Minnesota Higher Education."
Melissa Anderson, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been appointed chair of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The committee is charged with formulating and recommending principles and procedures to guide the association in a continuing review of issues that affect scientific freedom and scientific responsibility.
Three University of Minnesota-based projects -- Earthducation, Ensia and North of Sixty -- received prestigious 2013 (Re)design awards recently from AIGA, one of the world's largest professional organizations for design. The projects competed against hundreds of competitors worldwide. Earthducation and Ensia also received additional recognition as "Judge's Choice" award winners.
The AIGA (Re)design Awards competition has been held biennially since 2009 as a way to recognize exemplary sustainable and socially responsible design. The awards showcase "design that challenges us to (re)think the world and our choices" and are based on the philosophy that "through masterful storytelling, compelling visuals, and beautiful design, we have the power to shape the future and ignite change," according to AIGA.
Other 2013 award recipients include projects done for Human Rights Campaign, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children's National Medical Center, Earthjustice and more.
North of Sixty is a project of the LT Media Lab in the University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), while Ensia is housed in the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Earthducation is sponsored by both CEHD and IonE.
North of Sixty aims to create a global tapestry of climate stories, weaving together the history and culture of Arctic communities worldwide and preserving the voices and ecological knowledge of generations.
Ensia is a magazine and event series showcasing solutions to Earth's biggest environmental challenges. The online magazine was designed by Vancouver-based creative agency smashLAB.
Earthducation is a series of seven expeditions to every continent over the course of four years (2011-14) designed to create a world narrative of the dynamic intersections between education and sustainability.