What is the result when you combine cutting-edge technology, paradigm-shifting teaching and world-renowned faculty? Starting this week, 16 faculty members at Case Western Reserve University will begin to find out, as they participate in the third annual Active Learning Fellowship.

The fellowship is coordinated by Information Technology Services (ITS) in partnership with the Office of the Provost and other campus organizations, such as the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.

It provides faculty members at Case Western Reserve with a unique opportunity to enhance their instructional practices by leveraging technology and mandating the active involvement of both themselves and their students.

To accommodate the interest in this year’s fellowship, 16 university faculty members—up four from last year—were selected from the impressive application pool. The fellows will be separated into two cohorts: fall 2015 and spring 2016.

The fall fellowship recipients are:

  • Katia Almeida, instructor of anthropology
  • Corbin Covault, professor of physics
  • William Deal, the Severance Professor in the History of Religion and chair and professor in the Department of Cognitive Science
  • Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of design and innovation
  • Jeffrey Ullom, assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies of theater studies
  • Gurkan Bebek, adjunct instructor in the Case School of Engineering
  • Kelly McConnell, assistant professor of nursing
  • Ali Syed, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial radiology

The spring fellowship recipients are:

  • Susan Hinze, associate professor of sociology
  • Kristine Kelly, lecturer in English
  • Michael Martens, associate professor of physics
  • Aaron Perzanowski, associate professor of law
  • William Rogers, lecturer in English
  • Peter Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Lee Thompson, chair and professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Angelina Herin, assistant professor in the Department of Theater

Fellows who instruct during the fall semester will train and redesign their course in the summer, while fellows who instruct during the spring semester will train and redesign their course in the fall.

All participants will receive a grant of $5,000, as well as in-kind support to redesign their courses, training in using new technologies, and developing an Institutional Review Board approved Action Research Project. The goal of the faculty’s research project is to assess the effectiveness of their revised curriculum, utilizing ITS’ consultation and data analysis services.

During their training, fellows will practice active learning principles in Case Western Reserve’s four active learning spaces: Nord Hall, Room 356; Thwing Center, Room 101; Bingham Building, Room 204 and Mather Memorial Building, Room 125. Each of these rooms is undergoing updates in time for the start of the academic year.

For more information about the fellowship, or teaching and learning technologies at Case Western Reserve, visit case.edu/its/academic-technology/.