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Paul J. Rickards, Jr., Teaching Innovation Grant Recipients’ Presentations

April 16, 2024 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Come join us on April 16 at our last Tech Talk Tuesday of the academic year to hear all about the Paul J. Rickards, Jr. Teaching Innovation Grant. UDIT Academic Technology Services is excited to announce the second year of this program! This program is designed to support instructors in developing and implementing novel teaching strategies. Experimentation, collaboration, and the exploration of new approaches to teaching are encouraged. Applications are currently being accepted.
Want to know more? Not sure if this is for you? Erin Sicuranza, Director, ATS, will talk about how the grant was developed, how and why you should apply, what the application process is like and answer any other questions. But that’s not all, hear from two recipients, Kathryn Bender and Philip Duker, who received the grant from the inaugural round and what they were able to accomplish. We will also have Instructional Designers from ATS who assisted with each of the projects on hand to answer any questions as well.

Kathryn Bender, Assistant Professor of Economics

Kathryn Bender portrait
Katy Bender has helped promote the career of Taylor Swift through the use of an innovative course assignment. Perhaps you have seen Dr. Bender featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the News Journal, Fox29, and Inside Higher Ed.  Her proposal to the Paul J. Rickards Teaching Innovation Grant stated,

“Data are constantly being collected but raw data on its own are useless; the power of data lies in the ability to utilize it to tell compelling stories that can inform policy and motivate change. The foundation of this is data visualization; complex data must be cleaned into a usable format and displayed in simplified, two-dimensional figures. This task is much easier said than done and requires skills that are often neglected in higher education.”

Philip Duker, Associate Professor of Music, Theory

Did you hear that? That note was off or was it? How can you tell? “Error Detection is a very important skill for musicians (especially conductors), but there are not currently any good (or free) resources that are available to work on this skill,” Phil Duker stated in his proposal for the Paul J. Rickards, Jr., Teaching Innovation Grant. He will talk about how the grant enabled him to create a website to assist students in learning the skills of error detection in music.

Philip Duker portrait
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