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2016–2017 Engaged Learning Fellows

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation is pleased to announce the awarding of five Engaged Learning Fellows for 2016–2017. These faculty members will spend the semester preparing to implement an engaged-learning strategy in one or more classes. Engaged learning refers to any instructional strategy that encourages students to seek and discover new knowledge by exploring authentic questions and problems. Engaged learning strategies include but are not limited to service learning, problem-based learning, and learning communities.



Akin Tatoglu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, CETA

In his project entitled, Implementing Self-Learning Skills with Multidisciplinary Robots Courses, Prof. Tatoglu will explore the use of the Arduino platform, a simple microcontroller board with an easy-to-use programming environment, in the Mechatronics course and will generate a set of lectures that could be embedded into ES 440, ME 472-473. The goal is to increase students’ hand-on experiences, while studying engineering concepts and topics, as well as to improve students’ scientific programming skills at an earlier stage in their program.  


Erin Striff

Department of English and Modern Languages, A&S

In Professors Striff’s project Flipping the Writing-Intensive Classroom, she will use podcasting and screen casting in order to deepen student understanding as well as open up writing workshop time in her ENG 311 Creative Writing: Fiction course. In particular, students will work in groups to generate their own creative podcasts, which will enhance and extend their writing, problem solving, and collaboration skills.


Kamau Wright

Department of Mechanical Engineering, CETA

In his project entitled, Utilizing Problem-Based Learning in Engineering, Prof. Wright will have students in his ME 236 Thermodynamics I course propose novel solutions to engineering design problems around providing access to clean drinking water. Students will be tasked with designing a water-treatment device, conducting thermodynamic analysis on their system designs, writing about the process and what they learned, and giving in-class presentations on their design.


Warren Goldstein and Beth Richards

Department of History and Department of English and Modern Languages, respectively, A&S

In Writing Fellows: Phase II Profs. Goldstein and Richards will build off their successful 2015-16 Writing Fellows project to include now 14 writing fellows across the University’s schools and colleges who will assist their colleagues in the disciplines to support students’ writing by developing more effective writing assignments; sequencing shorter assignments that lead to larger, more complex writing tasks; and providing effective feedback on writing assignments while still navigating their significant content.