The Fostering Innovation in Teaching with Technology (FITT) Academy is an intensive hands-on project-specific faculty development event jointly sponsored by Resources for Information,
Technology and Education (RITE) and the Professional Development Office. This unique opportunity is designed for full time faculty or lecturers to launch a faculty community of practice focused on advancing teaching with technology.
Faculty were matched with a project team made
up of professional staff from within RITE.
Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics
Project: Application of Medical Nutrition Therapy in a Classroom Setting
Students in the dietetics program need to critically apply medical nutrition therapy to patients with one or more disease conditions. By using case studies and the use of mobile devises for self-assessment all dietetics students (didactic and dietitian education), in the medical nutrition therapy I course, students can apply critical thinking to examples on application of nutrition therapy.
Team Lead: Brooke Winckelmann
Elementary Education and Reading
Project: Literacy Assessment and Evaluation for the 21st Century
Working with children is a main component of the literacy specialist program at SUNY Buffalo State. The literacy specialist candidates need a secure and simple way to view, upload, reflect upon, and receive feedback on videos of their work with children. It is our intent to embed videos in course modules for instruction. As well, we must create a secure means by which literacy specialist candidates can upload videos in Blackboard for reflection and feedback.
Team Lead: Todd Benzin
Project: Starting Off on the Right Foot in Political Science
There is a great importance for political science students to learn the philosophy of science, research methods and statistical techniques and this can be overwhelming. This project will create remedial and supplemental support materials that can be reviewed at their own pace. These interactive web experiences (simulations, videos, practices quizzes) that will help them succeed in Buffalo State's political science statistics course.
Team Lead: Joe Riggie
Fashion and Textile Technology
Project: Updating a Computer Aided Design course as this software pertains to fashion.
The project will assisting in identifying OER materials for FTT faculty to use in their courses and locate materials specifically for use in the introduction to Fashion technology class, specifically, resources for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe CS.
Team Lead: Kaylene Waite
Project: Incorporating Videos and Related Digital Assignments in a Child Development Course
In order to fully appreciate child development, it is essential for students to be exposed to children of a variety of ages, which is best achieved by observing children. However, due to numerous logistical challenges, it is difficult to conduct live, in-person observations of children. It is our intent to create two videos relevant to a child development class. One will be an observational video of a child demonstrating problem-solving behaviors. The second will be a recording of a brief lecturing introducing the concept of a "Critical Period".
Team Lead: Michael DiFonzo
Jill M. Gradwell
History and Social Studies Education
Project: Help! Hybrid Education Learning Potential
P-12 teachers are using more online methods of instruction in today’s schools; therefore as a teacher educator, we need to model effective methods. This project will explore the blended/hybrid instructional modality and research best practices while redesigning a the course plan (syllabus) from a traditional to hybrid course.
Team Lead: Kari D'Amico
The FITT Academy Committee (FAC) would like to thank the following project team participants:
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