Faculty Success Stories

When we work on a successful project with faculty, we love to share what they did and how it worked. That helps others replicate their success. On this page, we will highlight some of these faculty success stories and include details about their projects.

Brendan and Magdalena Balcerak Jackson (Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences)

Immersive Experience and Virtual Reality | Fall 2017 - Fall 2018

In this story, we share how Brendan and Magdalena Balcerak Jackson, Assistant Professors in Philosophy, dedicated time and resources to experiment and implement the use of immersive reality technologies within their undergraduate and graduate courses. We discuss how virtual reality (VR) technologies helped enrich the philosophy curriculum in two existing courses and spurred the creation of a new first year seminar titled 'Immersive Experience and Virtual Reality.' This case study outlines not only the pedagogical and logistical implications of implementing VR assignments and activities, but also recommendations for the wider academic community.


Barbara Barrett (Intensive English Program, Division of Continuing and International Education)

barbara_barrett.jpegStudent Stories with Adobe Spark Video | Spring 2017

After participating in the Narrative Techniques Study, Barbara Barrett M.S.Ed., a lecturer in the Intensive English Program, transformed a traditional, formative presentation assignment in her course, 'Level 4 Oral Communication' (IEP142) into a student generated media assignment. Through developing and sharing personal narratives using Adobe Spark VideoESL students had the opportunity to explore, correct their errors and receive valuable feedback to prepare for a high-stakes academic speech.


Elton Skendaj (Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences)

skendaj-elton-150.pngNonviolent Course Portfolio | Fall 2016

In this course, an essay assignment is reformed to a digital mixed media assignment and posted to a course website. Students map the chronological events and key data relating to a nonviolent movement through a timeline or infographic to be shared on a course portfolio using Weebly.


Imelda Moise (Geography and Regional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences)

Imelda MoiseReflective Blogging | Spring 2016

This faculty success story shares the use of a course blogging platform, within the undergraduate course, 'Immigrant & Refugee Health,' taught by Dr. Imelda Moise. Leveraging WordPress.com as single course blog, students became authors and used the medium to actively analyse, sythesize and post on current events on immigrant or health issues.

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Jeffrey Weinstock (Marketing, School of Business Administration)

Jeffery WeinstockBlackboard Collaborate | Fall 2015

Professor Jeffrey Weinstock (School of Business Administration) recently received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for his work in implementing BUS 651, a graduate level course in the Executive MBA for the Americas Program. Professor Weinstock found that this class was transformed into an intimate group of collaborative students, but it didn’t start that way. 


Katherine Komis (English Composition, College of Arts and Sciences)

Katherine KomisCloud-Based Student Generated Media | Fall 2015

Last Fall Professor Katherine Komis (English Department) asked her English Composition students to be innovative. She asked them to develop a presentation but use alternative software (something other than PowerPoint). While PowerPoint is often useful, it is not as flexible as some of the newer presentation tools. 


Alberto Cairo (Journalism and Media Management, School of Communication)

Alberto CairoInfographics and Data Visualization | Fall 2015

Professionals from all over the campus are beginning to take the course and use Infographics and Data Visualization. As Cairo describes it, Infographics and Data Visualization are evidence-based driven communications with the goal of improving people’s lives. This technical solution is something he hopes that more faculty will begin to incorporate into their materials.


Chris Langdon (Marine Biology and Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science)

Chris LandonSwivl | Fall 2015

Many UM faculty use video to “flip the classroom.” The idea behind this innovative teaching technique is that they post recorded lectures online for their students to watch in advance. Then students come prepared for class ready to discuss the topic at a higher level. 


Howard Gitlow (Management Science, School of Business Administration)

Howard GitlowVMWare Horizon | Fall 2015

This case study examines why Instructional Objectives are developed as the first step in the instructional design process, rather than jumping directly to instructional solutions. The main idea is that objective-based instruction leads to, or provides a path toward the the instructor’s needs.


Melissa Burley (Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences)

Melissa BurleyGoogle Drive | Spring 2015

This case study examines how the implementation of Google Documents will enable students to possess a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of the discipline. Using google documents and a web2.0 publishing tool student were given the ability to create a collaborative publication of their semesters artifacts from specific assignments.


Judy Hood (English Composition, College of Arts and Sciences)

Judy HoodFLC Cohort | Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

The FLC better known as Faculty Learning Community currently focuses on the topic of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy. The goal of the FLC cohort is to effectively give faculty members the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment at the University. 


Joanna Johnson (English Composition, College of Arts and Sciences)

Joanna JohnsonMultimodal Projects | Spring 2015

This case study examines how assigning a multimodal assignment within a course assists in targeting specific strategies for improvement all the while integrating collaborative peer reviews. Moreover, providing a learning environment which promotes and values critical thinking, synthesis and takes into account consideration of multiple perspectives.


John Funchion (English, College of Arts and Sciences)

John FunchionGoogle Drive | Spring 2015

This case study examines how using Google Drive in the classroom provides opportunities to organize, analysis, and collaboration of student coursework in a way which utilizes both reflection and group work in a higher educational environment.


Robert Kirsner (Dermatology, Miller School of Medicine)

Robert KirsnerBlended Learning | Fall 2014

This case study examines the purpose, execution, and and results of the Miller Schools of Medicines’ Dermatology course redesign. This redesign employed a “blended strategy” where students were provided content online through Blackboard via Softchalk learning modules using Kahn-style videos. 


Vendulka Kubálková (International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences)

Vendulka KubalkovaePortfolios | Fall 2014

This case study examines how using ePortfolios in the classroom provides opportunities to design, create, and deliver student coursework in a way which utilizes active learning and engagement in a higher educational environment. 


Greta Mitzova-Vladinova (Nurse Anesthesia, School of Nursing and Health Studies)

Greta Mitzova-VladinovaBB Collaborate | Summer 2014

This case study examines how BlackBoard Collaborate was used to record student presentations for creating a course library, which was utilized in individualized student teaching. The recordings evolved into a strategy for feedback and improvement in performance. 


Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang (Biology, College of Arts and Sciences)

Daniel Wang

Flipped Learning | Spring 2014

This case study examines how using the flipped learning classroom model provides opportunities to design, create and deliver courses which use active learning and engagement strategies to facilitate students’ teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a higher educational environment.