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WVU faculty awarded grants for technology integration

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The Teaching and Learning Commons has awarded nine grants totaling more than $15,000 to West Virginia University faculty to encourage innovation in the classroom. 

“The 2017-18 technology integration grants enable faculty to enhance the student learning experience with the latest technology in their respective fields,” said Tracey Beckley, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Commons.

The winning proposals include:

Priya Baskaran, associate professor, director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic, College of Law, for online interactive contract drafting software designed to use games, simulations and quick exercises to build core competencies for legal drafting and to improve critical thinking and analysis skills.        

Jenny Boulware, instructor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, to purchase four iPads to enable history students to learn current techniques in historic preservation fieldwork and create interactive maps and photo galleries.            

Carla Brigandi, assistant professor, College of Education and Human Services, to purchase the Zimmerman-low-vision-simulator, an assistive technology that helps sighted individuals in her special education class understand the impact of loss of sight.

Matthew Dietz, assistant professor, and Brian T. Grisez, medical resident, School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, to purchase a 3D scanner to detect bone loss from trauma, infection or tumor, importing the image into software and then printing the replacement (bone graft) using a 3D printer.

Joseph Howard, visiting assistant professor, WVU Tech Engineering Technology, to purchase a 3D printer and scanner to teach students three-dimensional imaging and modeling techniques.          

Michael Ibrahim, associate professor, College of Creative Arts, and Justin Massey, graduate assistant, to purchase a high quality microphone and video camera to provide instant and personal feedback for students in the saxophone lab.

David  Krovich, research associate, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, to purchase hand held computer devices that emulate real word cyber security issues. Students will benefit from this hands-on approach to solving problems in a cyber defense class.

Paul Lockman, professor and Douglas Glover endowed chair in the School of Pharmacy, to purchase webcams and headsets to engage students in active learning where they will challenge their knowledge while learning critical concepts.   

Joseph Lupo, associate professor, College of Creative Arts, to supplement another successful grant in order to purchase a laser engraver for a printmaking class. This cutting-edge technology will enable students to create challenging or previously impossible images.

Two proposals from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences received an honorable mention and will be provided some support for their projects from Teaching and Learning Commons.

Those include:

Renee Nicholson, Carl Grey, White Arnold, Evan Widders, and Eric Myers Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Studies involving the videotaping of an expressive writing workshop for use in an honors class.

Bonnie Brown, Native American Studies, involving multimedia with indigenous people in Canada. Use of this technology will enable students to experience sites and people they are learning about as if they were there.

The Teaching and Learning Commons provides support and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through workshops, seminars, and consulting. For information, visit



CONTACT: Tracey Beckley
Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Commons
304. 293.3003,

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