Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

p2 CETL GRANTS

Through the Faculty Learning Communities and other initiatives, CETL has successfully provided several opportunities for faculty to talk about and enhance their teaching and learning.  Our overall objective has been to promote excellence in teaching focused on student learning and based upon knowledge of current trends in the science of curriculum and instruction. In essence of this mission, CETL also provides different grants to support faculty projects as well as travel in and out of state.

"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, 2013 Teaching and Learning Grant Recipient


Important Grant Documents:

1. Guidelines for Final Report and Presentation

2. Procedures for Disbursement of Funds


2012-2013 CETL Teaching and Learning Grants - RECIPIENTS

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.

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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