Aug. 08, 2012

Five Receive Innovative Instruction Technology Grants


GENESEO, N.Y. - Four SUNY Geneseo faculty members and the director of the Milne Library on campus are among those in the SUNY system receiving 2012 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG). The grants fund campus innovations and initiatives with potential to be replicated throughout the SUNY system and benefit students and faculty worldwide.

The competitive grants program is open to SUNY faculty and support staff across all disciplines and encourages development of innovations that meet The Power of SUNY's transformative vision. Grant recipients will openly share project outcomes, enabling SUNY colleagues to replicate and build upon an innovation.

Of 117 proposals submitted, 48 received awards across three different funding tiers.

Receiving a Tier Three Award from Geneseo is Lori Bernard, associate professor of languages and literatures, for her project focusing on leveraging SUNY system expertise through distance mentoring to enhance the undergraduate research experience.

Receiving Tier Two Awards are Paul Schacht, professor of English, for his crowdsourcing commentary project and Cyril Oberlander, director of Milne Library, for his SUNY open textbooks project.

Tier One Awards went to Terence Bazzett, professor of psychology, for his neuroscience cyber technology laboratory course project, and to Rose McEwen, associate professor of languages and literatures, for her project focusing on transforming to a hybrid foreign language instructional model.

"This new competitive grants program will enable partnerships across SUNY to leverage technology as a means to educate students," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "It serves as an excellent example of the power of SUNY to realize efficiencies through the sharing of resources and instructional partnerships within our system."

All projects included an assessment and communications plan to ensure that the new innovations can be openly shared and replicated across SUNY. Funded projects demonstrating potential for multi-campus use will be eligible to apply for additional funds in 2013.

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