Gitner teaching award to Studio Physics team
April 16, 2014
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) have awarded the first ever Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award to Andrew Duffy, Manher Jariwala, Bennett Goldberg and Pankaj Mehta of the Department of Physics. The Gitner Award 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. 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 are enormously impressed by the caliber and depth of the Physics team’s innovation and with its potential as a model for other educators.