Elon faculty use ATACC grants to advance student learning
What do quadcopters, concussion measurements and digitally designed costumes have in common? They are all faculty projects funded by The Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC). Every year, ATACC awards hardware and software grants to faculty members to advance student learning.
Human Service Studies faculty Carmen Monico and instructional technologist Michael Vaughn partnered to test virtual reality in eight courses taught by the faculty during the 2017-18 academic year with an emphasis on global experience and social justice. With a small grant from the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC), the team acquired a set of 25 VDRs and supplemental materials, identified relevant theories and formulated a questionnaire for individual reflection and group discussion during a class period.
3D app helps students learn anatomy from the outside in
Dr. Janet Cope and Dr. Cindy Bennett were looking for a way to incorporate a 3D application into anatomy classes in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs. When Dr. Cope heard about the grants from the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC), she jumped on the opportunity to give a 3D anatomy app a try. With the help of ATACC, they purchased 3D4Medical, which they believed would help their students learn anatomy from the outside in.
Geography, smartphones, and more point students in new directions
In elementary school, we learned geography by studying print maps and globes. Here at Elon, Dr. Ryan Kirk of the geography department is teaching students how GPS and smartphones are revolutionizing the way we view the world. Thanks to a grant from the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC) and a collaboration with Elon computing sciences professor Joel Hollingsworth’s Mobile Computing Course, Dr. Kirk is using the app called MayMyWeek to change the way students view their own campus.
Elon robotics class gears up for success
The study of robotics can lead its pupils to a dozen different careers, from industrial building to the construction of humanoids, and the world is paying attention. Across the board, robotics is drawing attention both for its mainstream application and futuristic intrigue. Elon University is allowing students to get ahead of this trend, offering CSC 373 this fall.
The course, also known as Robotics, introduces students to the basics of the field and shows them how to program robots to complete certain challenges. CSE 373 is also fortunate to be in part funding by an Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC) grant, which used to purchase one robotics kit.