Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award

April 14th, 2014

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
and Janelle Heineke, Director, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) are pleased to announce and to congratulate the winners of the first ever Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award: Andrew Duffy, Manher Jariwala, Bennett Goldberg and Pankaj Mehta of the Department of Physics.

The Gitner Award, which will be conferred annually, recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching by use, development, or adaptation of technology that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University.

This year’s inaugural competition produced a robust, exceptionally innovative field of nominees covering a broad spectrum of disciplines. All demonstrated commitment, pride and enthusiasm for integrating emerging practices and technologies into pedagogy in a way that equips students with the 21st Century skills essential to succeed as 21st Century scholars and professionals.

The Physics team’s innovation, Transforming Physics Teaching and Learning through Technology, employed a set of interwoven, evidence-based technologies that enhance student learning in the large introductory physics courses, creating an environment in which students learn physics supported by the technology, the space, their classmates, and the instructors, graduate students, and undergraduates who make up the instructional team. The fabric of technologies draws students into the material, into peer- and near-peer discussions, into hands-on discovery, and into high-engagement classrooms. We were enormously impressed by the caliber and depth of the Physics team’s innovation and with its potential as a model for other educators.

The Gitner Award will be presented to the Physics team on April 24 in a private ceremony with the Gitner family. Please join us in congratulating these  talented faculty members on this important achievement.

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