Two groups funded for innovative learning initiatives
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Steve Cramer and Engineering Physics Professor Jake Blanchard both received approximately $40,000 from the John and Jean Berndt Technology-Enhanced Learning Initiative to develop innovative teaching approaches.
Cramer, CEE Professor Hussain Bahia, Program Assistant Carole Kraak and staff from Engineering Media Services will convert
Working with Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Tom Smith and John Stremikis in UW-Extension/EPD information systems, Blanchard is developing course tools for delivering a Master of Engineering in Professional Practice course via handheld devices. He, too, plans to pilot the course in spring 2006 and says the group chose this delivery method because on-campus and distance students increasingly are using these tools for other applications. "Allowing them to use and develop course materials on these devices will be efficient," says Blanchard. "They will appreciate the flexibility offered by the devices' portability because they will be able to 'study' anywhere, anytime."