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enhancing faculty + student interaction through technology


The Academic Innovation Program is a joint effort of the Academic Technology Advisory Board (ATAB) and the University Council on Teaching (UCT) to promote the effective utilization of academic technology to enhance student-faculty interaction. The Executive Director for Academic Technology, Rita Owens, hosted a series of faculty meetings in spring 2013 that included faculty from across the university‚Äôs academic disciplines and departments. The meetings were organized according to "affinity groups" established by the UCT and ATAB, including large, introductory, and core courses; experiential and out-of-classroom learning; teaching and learning foreign languages; and effective writing and reasoning. Specific projects were then generated from each of these cohorts. The planned timeline for investigation and implementation of these projects includes the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, with an extension to finish ongoing projects through May 2016. The Academic Innovation Program is designed to motivate and support new teaching initiatives that promote successful instruction and re-thinking of course design at BC.


other projects

historical photo of man in front of bridge

Reimagining the History Core

Julian Bourg

Associate Professor, History Department

Owen Stanwood

Associate Professor, History Department

Zachary Matus

Assistant Professor, History Department

Andrey Ivanov

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department

History classes will integrate innovative technologies to facilitate enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

student demonstrating technology

Experimental Study of Learning Technology Effectiveness

Can Erbil

Adjunct Associate Professor, Economics Department

An instructor who regularly teaches the same course will engage in a study to closely measure the effects of learning technology adoption.

group meeting in classroom

Redevelopment of the BC Language Lab

Cindy Bravo

Director, Language Laboratory

Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures Department

Karen Daggett

Part Time Faculty, Romance Languages & Literatures Department

This initiative will facilitate partnership with various faculty members in Foreign Languages to pilot innovative language learning technologies.

paintbrushes. photo credit - Flickr: LexnGer

Art Flipped Classroom

Stephanie Leone

Associate Professor, Fine Arts Department, Art History 
Assistant Chairperson, Fine Arts Department

The goal of this project is to increase student-faculty interaction by implementing active learning strategies during in-person class sessions while providing knowledge transfer (in the form of lectures) outside of class. This project is intended to allow more in-person time for the instructor to guide students in the analysis and appreciation of Renaissance art.

photo of keyboard

Redesign of Computers in Management

Mary Cronin

Professor, Information Systems

George Wyner

Adjunct Associate Professor, Information Systems

Rob Fichman

Professor, Chairperson, Information Systems

Jerry Kane

Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson, Information Systems

John Gallaugher

Associate Professor, Information Systems

This initiative involves an entire redesign of MI021 (Computers in Management). Key to this process is integrating a currently separate Excel course through a self-paced learning module, thus freeing up class time for deeper discussion of case studies and strategic implementation of key technologies.

student using tablet

Using Technology to Enhance Student Experiential Learning

Melita Malley

Assistant Director, Practicum Exp. & Teach. Induct, Practicum Office

The goal of this initiative is to ensure better preparation and consistent contact for students before, during, and after their clinical or student teaching placements.

freshman lecture

Pre-Arrival Preparation for Freshmen Students

Audrey Friedman

Associate Professor; Assistant Dean, Undergrad. St, Teacher Education

A collaborative online space will be created to begin developing relationships with incoming freshmen in the summer before their matriculation.

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Self-Paced Learning Modules in the Law School

Brian JM Quinn

Associate Professor, Law Faculty

A series of self-paced learning modules will be developed in order to free up more class time for deeper content exploration and increased student-faculty interaction.

travel abroad, photo credit: Julia Hirsch

Enhancing Study Abroad through Technology Integration

Nick Gozik

Director, Office of International Programs

Mary Crane

Thomas F. Rattigan Professor, English Department Director, Institute for the Liberal Arts Chairperson, Classical Studies Department

Akua Sarr

Director, Academic Advising Center

Lisa Cuklanz

Professor, Chairperson, Communication Department

Joe Nugent

Adjunct Associate Professor, English Department

Study abroad experiences, both semester-long and summer intensive programs, will be dramatically reimagined through the integration of multiple technologies.

faculty hub

Flipped Classroom Cohort


Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is facilitating a year-long faculty cohort for instructors interested in flipping their classes.

a BC student assisting a faculty member

Student Technology Assistants


Center for Teaching Excellence

This initiative will create a new program for Student Technology Assistants, designed to assist faculty in the creative adoption of new teaching tools.