2019 Winners of the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory Seed Projects

The goal of Teaching and Learning Collaboratory Seed Projects is to develop a project to the point that it is competitive for external funding.  The projects test new pedagogical approaches or technologies that will impact student learning.   The grants are in partnership with funding from the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory, the School of Engineering and the School of Science. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Interactive Visualization of Communications in Networked Programs to Enhance Student Learning and Aid Debugging

Submitty is an open source programming assignment submission system from the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software. This project will focus on creating new interactive features for the Network Generation Module within Submitty to improve and enhance student learning.

  • Barbara Cutler
  • Stacy Patterson
  • Buster Holzbauer

The Virtual Chemical Plant: Innovations in Chemical Engineering Education

This project addresses plans for a Virtual Reality Initiative in Chemical & Biological Engineering to pursue development, pilot testing, and assessment of educational VR modules for training CBE students at RPI, while providing a path for future technology transfer to industry. This proposal describes a Virtual Chemical Plant (VCP) environment to enable pedagogical innovations in process control, chemical reactor design, process safety, and laboratory experimentation.

  • Ronald C. Hedden

Incorporating Digital Simulation Tools for Teaching Manufacturing Topics in ENGR 4710 & 4720

This project proposes to enhance the Manufacturing Process and Systems (MPS) I learning experience, and replicate industry standards, by piloting the development and incorporation of self-paced online computer aided engineering (CAE) digital simulation video tutorials and exercises to augment hands-on lab exercise. Once students understand theory and simulation through a self-paced learning of CAE, they will be better prepared to formulate questions, engage in group discussion, and build knowledge and confidence in lab exercises.

  • Matt Oehlschlaeger
  • Jeff Morris
  • Larry Oligny
  • Sam Chiappone

Integrating Interactive Research and Visualization Tools into Building Science Curriculum

The goals of this project is to increase student participation and engagement with building science course content, instructors, and fellow students by introducing pedagogical innovation to lecture-based courses. The major aspects of this integration include: active learning using sensor and data acquisition kits; lab investigations using environmental testing chambers; collection and comparison of field and lab data with peer survey feedback, blended learning through online data visualization and parametric analysis tools; and data literacy.

  • Gabrielle Brainard
  • Mae-ling Lokko
  • Raquel Velho
  • Nina Sharif

The Well-being Toolbox: Interactive Approaches with Complementary Use of Technology
(contingency to be satisfied)

This project's purpose is to expand the potentials for teaching well-being on our campus.  The goals of this project are to: refine pedagogical innovations to support students’ development of a personal well-being toolbox; pilot technological and data approaches that could be used in the classroom to foster awareness; and, reach a larger population of students in our classes to focus on practice and science of well-being.

  • Alicia Walf
  • Tomie Hahn