Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


The purpose of the CETL Teaching and Learning Grants is to encourage innovative teaching and learning at SCSU. Each year, during the Fall Semester, grants are given to faculty and staff working with students to implement innovative and effective teaching and learning—curricular and co-curricular--projects, write a short report, and present their work to their peers at CETL’s Teaching and Learning Fair during the Fall Convocation.



Guidelines for Reimbursement

Guidelines for Final Report

Teaching and Learning Fair Registration Form



1. Recipient: Tom Gardner

Title of Project: Special Projects in the Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

The purpose of the senior independent synthesis project is to provide students with exposure to practical considerations in the performance of research beyond what it is typically offered in the laboratory curriculum. It is also an opportunity to expose them to the use of esoteric chemicals and methods not offered in other lab curricula, such as the use of inert atmospheres or precious metal catalysts. Student progress in developing their individual projects will be monitored and monitored throughout the experience. Final reports on their projects will be required, as well as an oral presentation to the class and other attendees from the department.

2. Recipients: Jane Bagley, Stacy Bakker, and Kristie Koval

Title of Project: Facilitation and impact of medication administration utilizing automated dispensing systems and barcode patient identification

The purpose of this project is to promote sage medication administration using automated dispensing systems and barcode patient identification. This project will transition the student from outdated clinical practice, to an enhanced system in which technology is introduced as a secondary measure to reduce clinical errors/medication errors. Students will engage in a variety of lab activities in which they will acquire medications from the automated dispense unit, perform 3 checks of medication administration, demonstrate the 7 rights to medication administration, scan the patient’s identification band, scan the medication, demonstrate appropriate clinical judgments in relation to safe administration of medications, and document the medication administration. The funds for this project will be used to created barcodes for all medications (e.g. oral agents, topicals, intramuscular, intravenous, and inhaled).

3. Recipients: Katherine Pound, Nancy Sundheim, and Tom Hergert

Title of Project: Capturing Essential Geoscience Skills & Content Knowledge for Video Review: Implementation & Assessment

The purpose of this project is to provide students in AHS 109 with opportunities to review material pertaining to essential skills and knowledge that is presented in lecture in a setting where they are not rushed, and can review the explanations multiple times. In this project we will initially create a series of approximately 25 very short (30seconds to 3minutes maximum) videos. They majority probably will be low-end ‘animations’ or screen capture, and the remainder will be more complex productions, capturing the professor illustrating and explaining details of rock specimens and geologic maps.

4. Recipients: Jodel Page and Amy Gilbertson

Title of Project: Evaluating the effectiveness of the use of iPad applications (“apps”) for articulation therapy in speech language pathology

The purpose of this project is to support students in order to complete a pre-rating scale to identify 2 strengths and 2 areas of need in regards to their personal knowledge and use of iPad apps in providing speech language therapy, utilize iPad articulation therapy apps during at least 10therapy sessions and evaluate client progress/outcomes during spring semester 2015, and complete a post-rating scale of 1) knowledge of articulation apps, 2) confidence of using iPad articulation apps for articulation therapy, and 3) assessment of at least 2 different articulation apps.

5. Recipients: Holly Evers, Carrie Norberg, Carol Kuhn, and Davidson Blanchard

Title of Project: Tk20 Student Centered Videos

The purpose of this project is to produce multiple single task videos for dissemination on campus websites, D2L, and email hyperlinks (in response to inquiries). This project will raise students’ awareness of and familiarity with Tk20’s purpose, as well as system use. Students will synthesize information across disciplines, exploding communication skills and disciplinary awareness by identify and recognize campus policies, offices, and their functions. Tk20 will be more visible and accessible, including the support available for students.

6. Recipient: Miguel M. Chavez

Title of Project: Teaching Social and Environmental Justice

The purpose of this project is to assist Social Responsibility Student Organization (SRSO) students of developing critical and analytical skills to teach student participants on multiple issues central to social and environmental justice. SRSO student will facilitate three workshops. Funds requested will be used as honorarium for student assistance and support. SRSO students and student participants will analyze and compare multiple interests, perspectives, motives and objectives of varied groups (different stakeholders) to articulate a course of action and formulate conclusions about social and environmental importance.

7. Recipients: Daniel Macari and Adam Klepetar

Title of Project: Integrating Active and Applied Learning Opportunities for Students with Campus Needs: A partnership between the College Counseling and Student Development graduate program, the University College, and Student life and development  

The purpose of this project is to provide graduate students in the College Counseling and Student Development program enhanced opportunities for active and applied learning. The program will place these students into offices on campus, where they will be working one-on-one and in small groups with students on a variety of issues, aimed at increasing retention and persistence and enhancing academic, personal, and career development in the undergraduate students being served. This will allow the university as whole to benefit from the program.

8. Recipients: Shu-Ching Wang and Yuh-Jen Guo

Title of Project: Teaching Research and Assessment Classes with Experiential Learning  

The purpose of this project is the connection and collaboration of experiential learning practices in two classes (CEEP 476 and COUN 665). The students of the research class will be able to practice on designing a research project and to use the assessment data to practice the real world experience of data collection and analysis. The students of the assessment class will be able to practice assessment skills with students of the research class. This real world experience will largely enhance the learning outcomes of students in both classes. Their projects will also lead to the creation of a module on implementing experiential learning in two classes. This module could be used in future courses.


For Grant Guidelines and Criteria for Evaluation, please click here: Grant Guidelines


Applications due 

Noon, Friday, November 7, 2014

Expected announcement of awardees Monday, November 24, 2014
Project Implementation Spring, 2015
Final Project Reports:                                     Friday, June 5, 2015
Campus Presentation and Display Fall Convocation Teaching and Learning Fair (Registration Required)                                August 2015, Date TBA




1. Recipient: Patricia Bodelson

Title of Project: Integration of Service Learning in Experiential Pedagogy Course

The purpose of this project is to integrate a service-learning component into an existing Political Science course on Global Disaster Relief Policy. The students will document a selected man-made or natural disaster and response and create a teaching package that could be shared with interested community members.  A quality disaster event plan will be produced and disseminated to interested community disaster responders such as Homeland Security, Red Cross, and the Regional Health Care Preparedness Team.

2. Recipient: Patricia Bresser

Title of Project: Interdisciplinary Elective Course on Advance Care Planning Certification

The purpose of this project is to provide students taking the Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Course in the School of Health & Human Services with ACP informational sheets and a copy of the MN Healthcare Directive available in five different languages through Honoring Choices in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Bresser and her colleague, Dr. Greenberg, who co-teach this interdisciplinary course, will provide this information to students at SCSU so they can graduate with the skills, knowledge, and certification to assist adults with their advance care planning (ACP).  This project will increase awareness and opportunities for adults in central MN to received information and assistance with their ACP and healthcare directive completion.

3. Recipient: Jiang-Ping Jeff Chen

Title of Project: Hybrid Classroom in Higher-level Mathematics Courses

The purpose of this project is to create a hybrid classroom in higher-level mathematics courses. The grant recipient intends to use Adobe Connect or similar software and a writing pad to create a hybrid classroom. The writing pad will be used to record the in class lectures, particularly the solving of problems. The recordings will then be posted D2L for students to review as necessary. This allows for the pace of the class to be slower and for more in-class peer-to-peer and student-instructor discussions to take place.

4. Recipient: Theresa Estrem

Title of Project: Enhancing Multicultural Engagement in Speech- Language Therapy

The purpose of this project is to work with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department to train students to be competent professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology with Spanish speaking children. Spanish-language materials (e.g. books, games, CDs, IPad applications) will be used by students in their Clinical Practicum courses to develop their ability to integrate their Spanish, academic, and clinical skills and knowledge so that they can become capable bilingual speech-language pathologists.

5. Recipients: Victoria Hammer & Kathy Koepke

Title of Project: End of Life Cultural and Spiritual Immersion Simulation

The purpose of this project is to present end of life (EOL) scenarios from various cultures using authentic props and supplies.  Second-semester nursing students will learn how to care for patients from various cultures at this final stage.  Innovative and authentic simulation experiences will represent some of the most prevalent cultures in the St. Cloud area: Christian Caucasian, Native American, and Islamic Somali.  

6. Recipients: Christine Jazwinski, Mark Minger, John Sinko, Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Nathan Winter

Title of Project: Pedagogical Laboratory Practice across Science Disciplines

The purpose of this project is to find commonalities across science fields which may facilitate understanding and applicability of inquiry-based learning (IBL). Specialists from physics, chemistry, biology, psychology and communication disorders will come together to compare methods for applying IBL in laboratory courses. The interdisciplinary team of instructors will develop a comprehensive description of similarities and differences in IBL laboratory instruction across various science disciplines, and after reviewing the literature, will create a common-design IBL experience which can be applied to all five disciplines.

7. Recipient: Joy McKenzie

Title of Project: Efficacy of Treatment Using an Intensive Three-tiered Approach with Children who have Auditory Processing Disorders

The purpose of this project is to launch an auditory processing disorders (APD) clinic within the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at SCSU.  This clinic will provide students in a Clinical Practicum with the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge into clinical practice by being assigned a client with an auditory processing disorder.   

8. Recipients: Isolde Mueller & Lisa Splittgerber

Title of Project: Online Tutoring in the Department of Languages and Cultures

The purpose of this project is to provide online tutoring to students in the Department of Languages and Cultures through the use of WCONLINE. This software is currently being used successfully in the SCSU Writing Center.   In addition to face-to-face meetings with tutors in the department office, students will now be able to receive support outside the regular department office hours and to work with tutors from home. 

9. Recipient: Yun Jeong Park

Title of Project: Project-based Learning for Transforming Classroom Learning into a more Challenging, Student-Driven, and Reflective Experience in an Educational Technology Graduate Course.

A project-based approach will be used so Information Media (IM) graduate students will have the opportunity to work closely with clients through an internship at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Students will design the hospital’s online training lessons to be used with employees.   The design software Articulate Storyline will be purchased for this purpose.  This project will give students the opportunity to gain essential and transferable skills while building relationships with an area employer. 

10. Recipients: Kannan Sivaprakasam, Diana Mayweather, Gayan Rubasinghege and Mohammad Hossain

Title of Project: Diagnostic Assessment in Foundation Chemistry Courses  

The purpose of this project is to use innovative diagnostic assessment (DA) approaches to teaching and learning in the introductory and general chemistry courses. The project will bring together instructors teaching foundational chemistry courses in a single platform with a common goal to address the key challenges facing the gateway courses. In addition, the grant recipients will develop a robust assessment tool to test the understanding of students enrolled in introductory and general chemistry courses and develop educationally enriching animations to address the misconceptions in concepts and principles.

11. Recipient: Emil Towner

Title of Project: Social Media Interaction in Large Lecture Courses

The purpose of this project is to integrate, test, and track various social media services and tools in large lecture courses to help uncover student preferences and test effective methods for improving interaction. The objectives for this project include trying to discover what social media software and tools students prefer for class interaction, how and why students integrate (or do not integrate) personal social-media accounts into school-related communication and how to increase student participation in large lecture classes through synchronous and asynchronous social media.

12. Recipient: Shiju Zhang

Title of Project: Providing Supplemental Course Materials Through the Use of Technology

 The purpose of this project is to create supplemental videos using software and hardware of lectures and examples for a new statistics course for the biological and physical sciences which has been developed to replace two other courses. In order to maintain as many topics in the new course, some topics would need to be taught at a faster pace, and thus, students may need extra instruction and examples to master the concepts.  Through the use if the supplemental videos students will be provided with more diverse examples. The project has the potential to eventually lead to flipping the classroom and provides reusable online teaching materials.

Congratulations to all 2013 Grant Recipients!!




Applications due 

Noon, Friday, November 1, 2013

Expected announcement of awardees Monday, November 25, 3013
Project Implementation Spring, 2014
Final Project Reports:                                     Friday, June 6, 2014
Campus Presentation and Display Fall Convocation Teaching and Learning Fair (Registration Required)                                Thursday, August 21, 2014


"The CETL Teaching/ Learning Grant helped me bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills for my students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Hearing Assistive Technology Lab provided a much needed service to St. Cloud and the greater community. Thank you CETL!"

-Dr. Rebecca Crowell, 2013 Teaching and Learning Grant Recipient



2013-2013 Grant Reports are available upon request to

1. Beyond Brick and Mortar: Diversity in Aviation

Recipient: Angela Olson, University Honors Program

The purpose of this project is to add a flight experience to HONS 221: Diversity in Aviation. Students will learn how the passion for aviation for many men and women in the United States, particularly minorities, was sparked by an actual experience in a small plane or at a local airport. Dr. Olson hopes to duplicate this experience for the students by allowing them to participate in a short flight at the St. Cloud airport. Grant funds will be used to purchase flights for students and to support data assessment of the project.

"The CETL Teaching/Learning Grant helped me to embrace the challenges and overcome obstacles to provide students with an engaging and memorable learning experience!"

-Dr. Olson

2. Women in School Leadership: A Conference

Recipients: Nicholas Miller and graduate assistant, Manda S. Goldsberry, Educational Leadership

The purpose of this project is to provide a networking and educational experience for current and future women educational leaders in PreK-12th grade schools across the state of Minnesota through a one-day conference. The focus of the conference is on building leadership excellence through collaboration, sharpening of leadership skills, and improving practice by sharing solutions to the complex and unique issues women face in the field.

3. Incorporating DNA Based Forensic Studies into BIOL 151 Laboratory Curriculum

Recipient: Michelle L. Wagner, Biology

The purpose of this project is to introduce a forensic DNA fingerprinting experiment into the BIOL 151: Cell Function and Inheritance laboratory. An inquiry-based approach will be utilized to allow students to learn about the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigations, to perform an experiment with actual DNA samples, to evaluate the results of the experiment, and to identify the criminal. Funding for this project will be used to purchase supplies required to allow students to participate in this activity.

"The CETL Teaching/Learning Grant helped me to transform my classroom into a crime lab and to give Biology 151 students the opportunity to use real world applications of molecular biology to solve a crime.  The students loved the activity, and they learned about DNA in the process.  Thanks!"

-Dr. Wagner

4. Enhancing Students’ Awareness of Auditory Assistance Needs

Recipient: Rebecca Crowell, Communication Sciences and Disorders

The purpose of this project is to create an auditory assistive technology lab to enable students in Communication Sciences and Disorders enhance their knowledge and awareness of the assistive technology equipment that professionals recommend for individuals with hearing loss.  It is hoped that the lab will also help them gain the skills to transition from theoretical knowledge to a practical “hands-on” experience. 

"The CETL Teaching/ Learning Grant helped me bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills for my students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Hearing Assistive Technology Lab provided a much needed service to St. Cloud and the greater community. Thank you CETL!"

-Dr. Crowell

5. Maximizing Psychomotor Skills through Collaborative Student-Student Interface

Recipients: Jane Bagley, Laurie Crane, Joyce Simones, Marcia Scherer and Mary Zelenak, Nursing Science

The purpose of this project is to provide first through fourth level/semester nursing students with tutoring and support from senior nursing students. Senior students will be hired as weekly tutors to assist their junior peers in classwork and in mandatory psychomotor skills testing to increase their success rates.

6. Integrated Staff Development Experience for SCSU Summer Program

Recipient: Christine Metzo, University College

The purpose of this project is to pilot an integrated professional development experience for faculty teaching in and the student staff assisting in the Summer Program. This Integrated Staff Development Experience will be designed to cultivate a cadre of staff who can create an integrated student learning experience.

7. Increasing Hands-on-Learning Opportunities in Gerontology

Recipients: Rona Karasik and Phyllis Greenberg, Gerontology

The purpose of this project is to purchase classroom materials which will allow gerontology students a more visual, physical, and interpersonal learning experience.  These materials will include items which (a) stimulate normal and pathological processes of aging (e.g., vision, hearing); (b) allow students to experience the use, challenges, and social implications of assistive devices (e.g., wheelchair, walker); and (c) help them visualize the inner workings of the human body in 3 dimensional fashion (e.g., models of the human skeleton, heart, brain, normal and pathological bone).

"The CETL Teaching/ Learning Grant helped us to provide our students with valuable in-class hands on experiences in the field of aging by allowing us to purchase items for our classrooms (e.g. anatomical models and assistive devices)."

Drs. Karasik and Greenberg

8. Mental Health Stimulations

Recipients: Darlene Copley and Peggy Fossen, Nursing Science

The purpose of this project is to assist mental health nursing students prepare to develop therapeutic relationships with their mental health patients, with the outcomes being to increase empathy and self-efficacy. This will be accomplished through the use of the ‘Hearing Voices That Are Distressing’ voice simulation exercise and training/curriculum package.

9. Visual Chemistry

Recipients: Ruth Robinson and Sarah Petitto, Chemistry

The purpose of this project is to create kits for chemistry demonstrations that can be used to visually show many of the basic concepts in chemistry. These types of demonstrations engage students, help the visual learning process, and provide concrete examples for abstract concepts. Chemistry students will be enlisted to organize and test the kits. Funds will be used to purchase materials for 6 new kits.

"The CETL Teaching/ Learning Grant helped us to create a resource that can be used, and expanded upon, for man years to come, to provode thousands of student with visual images of important chemical concepts."

-Dr. Petitto

10. Teaching and Learning Intercultural Communication through Service Learning

Recipient: Soumia Bardhan, Communication Studies

The purpose of this project is to introduce a service learning component into CMST 330: Intercultural Communication. Students will work in groups to collaborate with elementary schools in St. Cloud. The primary goal will be to raise awareness and appreciation of elementary school students about issues and challenges of intercultural adaptation of immigrant children through the use of children’s literature. This project is conceived to promote compassion, empathy, mutual respect, and understanding among elementary school students.

"The CETL Teaching/ Learing Grant helped me grasp what Confucius meant we he said 'I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand'"

-Dr. Bardhan

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