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Multimodal Education Center

Teaching Innovation Showcase

In collaboration with the Office of Multimodal Learning, the MEC is a proud partcipant and collaborator with faculty members in fostering technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Multimodal Learning provides opportunities for faculty to share best practices, research, and resources on the use of instructional technologies and innnovative pedagogies. We ask a select group of faculty to present their experiences with new technology at the SOURCE Teaching Innovation Showcase. Below you can find past presentations and participants.

2019 SOURCE Teaching Innovation Showcase

M. O’Brien , "New hybrid technologies and digital pedagogy at CWU" 

This talk addresses the use of hybrid technologies as vital to developing a hybrid classroom, as well as some pedagogical concerns and undertheorized benefits of new tech that arise in hybrid spaces. 


 Jason Dormady, “Using Extended Role Playing Games in University Courses”

 Scenario simulations that invite students to take on the role of historical figures were used to deepen historical empathy, broaden the use of primary source documents, and allow students meaningful practice in coalition building and persuasive speech.


Wendie Castillo, “Remote Supervision Strategies”

Dr. Wendie Lappin Castillo, Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education, Teaching and Learning, is using technology to provide remote supervision for teacher candidates completing their practicum across the state. She will discuss utilization of MediaAMP, Canvas, Blackboard Ultra and other online learning technologies as part of an all-encompassing way to foster a close connection with students and review progress of their work.


Chad Schone, “Blackboard Ally Rollout: Multimodal’s Digital Accessibility Initiative for Fall 2019”

Blackboard Ally helps institutions build a more inclusive learning environment and improve the student experience by helping them take clear control of course content with usability, accessibility and quality in mind. We will share its benefits to students and faculty, and the planned roll out to all CWU courses, Fall 2019.

2018 SOURCE Teaching Innovation Showcase

Susana Flores and Edith Meraz, “Virtual Reality Fieldtrip”

Wahluke Junior High students climbed the Eiffel Tower, explored the Statue of Liberty, stumbled off the edge of the North Rim in the Grand Canyon, and some found their way home to Mattawa - all in one day. CWU teacher candidates in the Science Teaching program and Multicultural Education course facilitated these engaging and innovative experiences with Virtual Reality during the students’ visit to the Multimodal Education Center.

Maya Zeller, “Poetry and Multimodal Forms”

Portugese author E.M. de Melo e Castro writes, “Poetry is always on the limit of things.” Poetry's nuanced image and music transport naturally into multimodal expression. In fall 2017, several students in Maya Zeller's English 365 class experimented with digital projects, and she'll showcase one of the results: a short film that highlights an excerpt of Lion Rock visiting author Sherwin Bitsui's book Flood Song.

Bruce Palmquist, “Open Education Textbooks”

In this session, Bruce Palmquist discusses his use of OpenStax textbooks and shares some of the advantages and disadvantages of open education resources compared to traditionally marketed textbooks.  OpenStax offers free, peer-reviewed textbooks in many high enrollment courses in math, science, social science, and humanities.

Eric Cheney, “My Experience with Flipped Classrooms”

In this session, Eric Cheney discusses his experience using multimodal technologies to "flip" a classroom.  A flipped classroom refers to courses in which lectures, exams, quizzes and other assignments normally​ done inside the classroom are reassigned outside the classroom, usually by means of multimodal technologies, leaving more face-to-face time for active learning pedagogies inside the classroom.

2017 SOURCE Teaching Innovation Showcase

Naomi Jeffery Petersen, “Expanding Accessibility with 3D Printing”

3D printing was used to produce Braille-embossed “tactile teachables” to include a student with visual impairment in a learning environment dependent upon visualization.

Michael Braunstein, “Flipped Math for Introductory Physics”

The Physics department has developed and piloted an online course intended to promote student success in introductory Physics courses, with principal student outcomes to apply specific math skills relevant to and in the context of Physics.

Steve Chrisman, “Streaming Media for Paramedicine Education”

Streaming media is used in both face-to-face and online classes to teach discrete skills, engage in formative/summative assessment, offer student feedback, and provide expert commentary.

Casey Mace, “Service Learning in the Online Public Health Classroom”

Initial findings will be presented from a pilot project being conducted by the Public Health program for online service learning.


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