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.
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.
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.
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.
Recipient: Rebecca Cromwell, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Recipient: Keith Christensen, Art Department, College of Liberal Arts.
The purpose of the project is to help students in a senior level course on Advanced Graphic Design learn how to design games using QR (Quick Response) scanning codes which expose, attract, engage an audience in order for the SCSU library to better serve its constituency. They will do this through collaboration with each other and under the guidance of the instructor and an external consultant. Grant funds will be used to pay for student assistants and an external consultant.
Recipient: Plamen Miltenoff, IMS, Learning Resources.
The purpose of the grant is to enable IMS to provide the necessary support to CETL’s Faculty and Professional Learning Communities, and all faculty, staff and students in the multiple and appropriate uses of mobile devices and other learning technologies to enhance their learning. According to the Horizon Report, the use of a tablet, the iPAD in particular, places providers of support not on the cutting edge, but rather amidst people with a “necessary” tool.
Recipient: Nathan Winter, Chemistry and Physics
The purpose of the project is to develop a new laboratory experiment for a senior level Chemistry and Biochemistry courses in which students will mutate green fluorescent protein (GFP) so that it glow blue. GFP was first isolated from the jellyfish A.Victoria by Osamu Shimoura in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1994 Roger Tsien first showed that the color this protein glows could be changed by changing its DNA. These researchers won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in 2008. The work of the students would be similar to Tsien’s. They will use recently developed techniques to alter the DNA of GFP to change the color that the protein glows.
Recipient: Dennis Guster, Information Systems, Herberger Business School
The purpose of the project is to prepare students to function effectively as professionals in work place contexts where Linux is used widely. The grant will provide software and student support to give students in their current educational programs access to and support for Linux as a problem solving tool and a learning platform.
Recipients : Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Health & Human Services
The grantee intends to develop an ApPLe lab to train students in Communication Sciences and Disorders more effectively in their roles as speech therapists and hearing professionals. The objective is to provide an integrated and transformational learning experience. Grant monies will be used to purchase materials, software, equipment and student helps.
Recipients : Isolde Mueller, Foreign Languages and Literature, College of Liberal Arts; Ann Finan and Sandrine Zerbib, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Anal Shah, Theater and Film Studies, College of Liberal Arts
This will be a cross-disciplinary project involving several classes from Film Studies, German and Sociology departments. College students will collaborate with faculty members and help students from a local school in making digital films on their immigration experiences as well as those of their family members. The college students themselves will learn from real-life scenarios to supplement classroom learning. The funds will be used to procure digital cameras and memory cards to capture the stories and to fund a social gathering with school students.
Recipient : Christine Imbra, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, School of Education
This grant is intended to allow a doctoral student to co-teach a Master’s level class with a seasoned professor. The course will be restructured and the doctoral student will gain first-hand experience in teaching. Upon completion of semester, the outcomes would be assessed and if the results are good, this may be adopted as an annual practice in the doctoral program.
Recipients : Stephanie Houdak, Stacy Martig, Kathy Tasto, Virginia Winter and Laurie Yourk, Mathematics and Statistics, Math Skills Center, College of Science & Engineering and Student Support Services
The Math Skills Center has transitioned from offering “traditional” lecture sessions to six different classroom instructional options in their developmental mathematics courses. Faculty implementing those options will analyze the results of each approach and determine which strategies are most effective in improving the chances of student success. This grant is being funded in collaboration with the Office of Strategy, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.
Recipients : Beth Berila, Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Steve Hoover, Community Psychology and Counseling, School of Health & Human Services
The grant will help in partially defraying the costs of attending the inaugural International Symposia for Contemplative Studies. The attendees hope to learn about relevant practices in mindfulness education and apply them to their courses and classes at St Cloud State University. Knowledge of new practices and the opportunity to network with others with the same interest will also help their ongoing engagement with CETL’s Mindfulness Education Initiative, an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff who have been discussing and implementing a variety of such approaches.
Recipients : Choonkyong Kim, English and Elena Kurinski, Foreign Languages and Literature, College of Liberal Arts
This is a collaborative project between two professors from different, but related disciplines and is intended to promote student centered peer work to help develop reflective skills and facilitate the transformation of the students into autonomous learners.
Recipients :Stephen Walk, Mathematics and Russel Lidberg, Physics, College of Science & Engineering
The project aims at improving the classroom experience and success rates among learners of calculus in two courses, both of which are prerequisites for majoring in many programs. Two faculty members from Mathematics and Physics will collaborate in identifying and posing a number of relevant problems from multiple disciplines to students for them to investigate and discover mathematical truths and methods for themselves. The faculties hope this will help students realize “the “why” of mathematical theorems rather than just the “how” of specific calculation techniques, and, through the process, take ownership for their learning of those topics.
Recipients : Christopher Stanly, Casey Gordon and Phil Thorson, Informational Technology Services
Each month, the grantees will set up a kiosk inside a college or school to demonstrate the latest innovations in technology, such as mobile devices, Web 2.0 services, etc. The conversation and tools will be tailored to the needs of that specific college or school. Faculty will be invited to host and participate in each session. In addition, a website will be created for follow up with attendees or others. The objective is to provide an open forum for exploration and discussion of new technologies within the college. The grant money will be used for supplies and equipment.
The CETL sponsored Faculty Learning Community “Learning and the Brain” has received a Faculty Developer Travel grant of $9,000 from MnSCU’s Center for Teaching and Learning to attend the conference “iGeneration: How the Digital Age is Altering Brains, Learning and Teaching.”
For details click on MnSCU CTL
Recipients: Dr. Debra Japp (Communication Studies), Dr. Matthew Julius (Biology), Dr. Chaturi Edrisinha (Counseling and Community Psychology).
See Best Practices Document submitted by recipients.
For an mp3 podcast of the plenary "STEM and the Liberated Mind" at the conference by Dr. Lewis Duncan, President, Rollins College, please visit
For general information on this grant click on "STEM Learning" Grant
To learn more about the Association of American Colleges and Universities visit www.aacu.org
For the recipients and more information of this grant click on "Creativity Workshop" Grant
Visit the web site to learn more about the Creativity Workshop (March 18-21, New York City).
CETL is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010-2011 Teaching Learning Grants!
Click here to see detailed result.
Congratulations to the winners!
Read what they said about the grant!!
"The grant provided us with a venue to collaborate with other faculty in exploring how our students use digital communication technology, so we can better understand them as learners."
"The grant from CETL was instrumental in assisting us from start-up to completion. It helped us find new methods to capture and engage student learning.
"The grant helped us to provide additional training to students in an area of specialty that is not typically included in our coursework. It provided a wonderful collaborative initiative between the child care center and the Community Counseling program to pilot an idea for future possibilities to provide both teaching/training and community services to the families serviced by the child care center."
"Because of this grant, I can now educate others on how to better understand themselves... and how to enhance their relationships with others!"
"The grant allowed for the Community Counseling program expand community partnerships..."
For guidelines and application, please click on TchgLngGrants2011-12.