In 2002, 24 proposals were submitted to the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards. The Academic Technology Advisory Council awarded a total of $97,874 for the following seven proposals.

3rd Generation Audio Video Conferencing

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Integrated Computing Exercises Using Sony AIBO

Andrew Williams, UI College of Engineering, received $10,954 to develop several programs to be used in a teaching lab, finalize website, and post the assignments with matching video clips.

Develop Lab Exercises Using Wireless GIS

David Bennett and Marc Armstrong, UI Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, were awarded $8,870 to investigate the utility of wireless geographic information technology in higher education. This work is predicated on the notion that complex geographical processes are often difficult to convey in the confines of a classroom and that if we could move students into the field and provide them access to knowledge repositories (e.g., the internet, their professors and peers) via wireless access to the World Wide Web their learning experiences could be enhanced. The final product is intended to turn the real-world into a hyperlinked, and contextually-aware learning environment analogous to what one might experience within the more restricted confines of a major museum.

PDAs and Psychiatry Residents

Catherine Woodman, UI Carver College of Medicine, received 14,600 to bring PDA technology into the psychiatry residency program in an innovative and educational way. The benefit of using PDAs will be the increase in time devoted to medical education, and the ease of delivery and access of information will streamline and enhance the process of patient care.

Simple Online Lecture Delivery Solution

Scott Fiddelke, Hardin Library, was awarded $4,865 to assemble a tool that will easily create and deliver lectures online by allowing instructors to sit down with PowerPoint slides and a microphone and essentially give the lecture to the computer, where it can be sequenced, stored, and packaged for easy upload to a networked storage location and delivered out to the Web.

Virtual Fluids Laboratory

M. Muste, A. Kruger, PhD, and W. Eichinger, UI College of Engineering, received $37,170 to complement the existing Fluid Lab resources to complete a proof-of-concept experiment that will initiate the VFL. Supporting hardware, software, and instruction templates will be added to complete an integrated interactive course material.

Web-Based Interfaces for Human Language Technology

Marc Light, UI Department of Linguistics, was awarded $13,150 to build web-based interfaces for a number of human language technologies. Currently, technologies such as part-of-speech taggers and person name extractors have command line interfaces that require an understanding of the Unix operating system and familiarity with scripting language programming.