This summer CIS will be supporting three projects through the Teaching With Technology Innovation program. Four faculty, Rachel Levy, Karl Haushalter, Darryl Yong, and Nancy Lape, will be creating short lecture videos using software called Camtasia in order to explore the advantages of the “flipped” classroom. In the flipped classroom model, students watch the lectures outside of the classroom so that classroom time can be used for other purposes. CIS is providing loaner tablet PCs, the Camtasia software, and a USB webcam. We have also hired a student, Joyce Lin, who will be assisting the faculty with the Camtasia software and with creating and editing the videos.
The second project is with the Math department. The Math department has hired several students who will be working with a faculty supervisor to create short computing modules in each of the mathematics courses in the Common Core. CIS is supporting the project by providing one of the student stipends. Jeho Park, our Scientific Computing Specialist, will also be working with the team as a mentor to provide his expertise and training in mathematical software.
The final project is a continuation of a project for Paul Steinberg. Last summer Prof. Steinberg was focused on creating a social media website for the Social Rules Project. The Social Rules Project is a “multi-media educational outreach initiative at Harvey Mudd designed to raise awareness about the importance of public policies and other social rules in the transition to a more sustainable world.” CIS supported the project last summer by providing a student stipend for the web design work. Prof. Steinberg did a great Bite of Learning presentation in the spring on his project and the initial web site design. For phase II of the project this summer CIS will be providing access to Adobe Aftereffects and Flash, as well as some loaner laptops, to students from the California Institute of the Arts. The students will be creating a 10-minute animated video that will be a highlight of the website’s landing page.
We’re looking forward to seeing some of the results of these projects at upcoming presentations at A Bite of Learning next year!