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2019 Award Recipients

The Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) has awarded five grants to West Virginia University faculty to encourage innovation in the classroom.   

Grants were awarded to:

  • Matthew Heap (Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory, WVU School of Music) – Apple iPad & Pencil, Apple Developer and iOS Project Builder, and accessories to produce an immersive gamification project to reinforce fundamental concepts in multiple Music Theory classes.
  • Aaron Maxwell (Assistant Professor of Geography, WVU Eberly College of Arts & Sciences) – Mirrorless Digital Camera and accessories to produce material to support a digital mapping course, and use in Digital Earth and GIScience courses. 
  • Colleen Moretz (Associate Professor of Fashion, Dress & Merchandising, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design) – Optitex CAD system for 3D visual prototyping in Apparel Design classes and entry into the International Textile Apparel Association conference exhibition.
  • Sanish Rai (Assistant Professor, WVU Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering) – Apple iPad, Pencil, Card Reader, and other accessories to use as a digital whiteboard during lectures to save content and record the in-class lectures for posting to eCampus. Also will use it to help create content for online teaching.
  • David Smith (Teaching Assistant Professor, WVU Reed College of Media) – Kinect Azure Kit, Oculus Quest, and Oculus Rift to integrate into their mixed reality studio for developing apps and VR experiences for use in multiple Storytelling classes.

The awardees are expected to incorporate the technology into the classroom during the 2019-2020 academic year and present their findings in a poster session at Celebrate on May 13, 2020.