CITE Fellows is a program that supports and enables dedicated teaching faculty to innovate in the fields of online education and technology in the classroom. We aim to engage faculty in activities that inspire, facilitate, and reward inventive projects and courses. Valuable changes to the quality of education must be led by teachers, and we want to support those leaders.
Meet the 2017-18 CITE Fellows!
Professor of Botany
Curator of the Herbarium
As a member of the collections-based systematics community, Dr. Ickert-Bond trains the next generation of systematists, addresses grand questions about biodiversity at different scales and proactively educates the public on the importance of systematics and collections in the biodiversity crisis of the Anthropocene.
Dr. Ickert-Bond is bringing the dissection of flowers directly to the student via high-resolution video microscopy in her classroom, hoping that students will be empowered to explore their immediate flora and make contributions to the documentation of biodiversity in the state of Alaska and beyond by contributing to the iNaturalist platform and ultimately the Museum database Arctos.
Professor of Atmospheric Science
Teaching at UAF since 1994 in both Electrical & Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Science, Dr. Collins has raised the bar for other faculty by continually pushing the envelope. His online laboratory science courses have been offered since 2012 and remain exemplary of excellence in e-learning.
Dr. Collins wants to explore how to expand scope of ATM101:Weather and Climate of Alaska to engage students in experience- and place-based learning either by expanding the class regionally (and internationally) to encompass Arctic and/or to engage students in lower-48 and Hawaii through comparative exploration of their environment and the Arctic.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Sheppard has been a member of the faculty at UAF since 1999, holding degrees from Virginia Tech and George Mason University. Her background is in behavioral neuroscience with specific interests in effects of the natural environment in the arctic and developmental effects of adolescent experiences.
Dr. Sheppard wants to investigate quality educational practices in large-scale online courses. This project aims to outline the costs and benefits of delivering online courses with large enrollments. Determining the characteristics and factors that impact quality and attainment of learning objectives will be important for maximizing student success and faculty balance.
Associate Professor of Entomology
Curator of Insects
Derek Sikes has spent the last 11 years working to improve the state insect collection, teaching entomology to UAF students and the public, and expanding knowledge of Alaska’s most numerous animals.
Dr. Sikes is considering a web-based tool that allows online access to each of the specimen drawers of Kenelm Philip’s Lepidoptera collection; a collection that was built between 1966 and 2014 and includes over 111,000 specimens. It was the largest private collection of Arctic butterflies in the world and the historical contextualization of this collection will be unique in the field of lepidoptery.
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Cindy Fabbri, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Her expertise includes science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and natural resources education. She is also interested in the role of education in advancing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and building more sustainable futures in communities.
Dr. Fabbri’s CITE investigations will focus on creating a digital platform/hub that gives Alaska’s communities a tool to request assistance on community-driven projects and helps students, faculty, and community members locate others working on topics of mutual interest. The goal is to strengthen our communities by connecting people with diverse perspectives, experience, expertise, and interests to work on community-identified needs.
In the News
Our CITE Fellows engage in newsworthy innovation…
Art and science collide in ‘Microbial Worlds’
BY JOSH HARTMAN · FEBRUARY 12, 2017
“Microbial Worlds,” an art exhibit with a scientific twist, sought to teach visitors about microbiology.
“Nix fadstälnaw r”idi chyai” means “Let’s explore somewhere new” in Fosk, a language constructed by students in a linguistics course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
UAF Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Robin Shoaps wants to bring conlang enthusiasts and the field of linguistics closer together. She is currently developing a new course at UAF, titled “Elvish, Klingon & Dothraki: The Art & Science of Language...
We host a new cohort of CITE Fellows every academic year. Nominate someone today!
CITE Fellows is a program that recruits, prepares, and supports dedicated teaching faculty in innovation in the field of online education as well as better teaching through the incorporation of thoughtful technological tools. We aim to engage faculty in activities that inspire, facilitate, and reward inventive projects and courses. Valuable changes to the quality of education must be led by the faculty, and we want to support those leaders.
Fellows can receive the following benefits:
- Travel Stipends
- Access to Cutting Edge Technology Tools
- Eligibility for Financial Incentives & Awards
- Specialized Workshops & Training
- Significant Instructional Design Partnerships & Support
- UAF eLearning Advocacy
Nominate a Fellow
CITE Fellows are chosen through both nominations and a competitive interview process. We’re looking for faculty who are creative and energetic. Although we ask for tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty, we aren’t necessarily looking for experienced faculty. We strive each year to build a community of fellows, each of whom brings something different to the cohort: years of teaching experience, a fresh take on traditional pedagogies, a passion for interdisciplinarity, or fascination with technology. We’re looking for fellows who are prepared to innovate, collaborate, and lead. Think you know someone who fits the bill? Fill out our quick nomination form!
“But this is the beauty of the long-zoom perspective….The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches, write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle, reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
— Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Mary Beth Leigh
Department of Biology and Wildlife and Institute of Arctic Biology
Project: In a Time of Change – Microbial Worlds
Mary Beth Leigh created a cross-disciplinary collaborative exhibit: fourteen artists and writers magnified the physical beauty of microbes and illuminated the many roles they play in human and environmental health. “Microbial Worlds” was the culmination of more than a year of collaboration between visual artists, writers, and scientists. Through the course of the program, the artists interacted with over 30 scientists, ranging from infectious disease microbiologists to ecosystem ecologists, and then developed original works inspired by their forays into the microbial realm.
School of Natural Resources and Extension
Project: Live Field Workshops for Rural Communities
Heidi held ten, weekly virtual workshops, most of which took place at the Georgeson Botanical Garden though other locations, including Terry Reichardt’s garden and the UAF Community Garden, were used as well. Right after each workshop, Heidi and her students also filmed at least one or two YouTube videos. The UAF eLearning Design Team supported this project from idea-phase through production, including a small film crew to record the workshops.
College of Liberal Arts, English Department; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Project: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern Interdisciplinary and Interactive Timeline
Eileen Harney created an interactive and interdisciplinary timeline from the Ancient to the Early Modern World is designed to address students’ need regarding an understanding of historical relationships. Students enrolled in early-period classes frequently have difficulty placing events, artistic and literary works, and political and philosophical ideas within a mental timeline. All too often, historical awareness gained in a given class remains fixed to that class and fails to transfer to classes with related content. This timeline will provide information directly relevant to a number of courses students are taking at UAF.
Dr. Josh Lupinek
School of Management, Business Administration
Project: Connecting a Community in Virtual Reality
Josh forged forward with a plan to pilot VR technology in an online course. After attending the 2017 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) conference and working closely with the eLearning Design Team, he developed a VR component to every week of his 12-week summer course, BA/SPRT 281: Introduction to Sport Management. Students were all required to purchase a low-end VR headset and use a smartphone or other device to download (free) apps that gave them glimpses into different aspects of Sports Management — from marketing in a stadium, working with athletes, to recreational based tourism. VR added a whole new, exciting and emerging element to produce a course that is a great introduction to the School of Management.
Dr. Abel Bult-Ito
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology and Wildlife
Project: Massive Online Research Experience in Behavioral Neuroscience
Dr. Bult-Ito developed a fully online set of original behavioral neuroscience research lab courses using live mice. These courses are be widely available to community members, high school students, and undergraduate students in Fairbanks, Alaska, the US, and the world. They are also be fully accessible to rural students; reveal how instructors can become more involved with distance students; provide real-time experiments with students in rural locations; and, ideally, increase enrollment to a level that will be sustainable over time.
Dr. Robin Shoaps
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics
Department of Anthropology
Project: Linguistics Through the Lens of Conlang Development
In this course, titled “Elvish, Klingon & Dothraki: The Art & Science of Language Creation,” students will build off popular culture and the work of hobbyist groups in the area of “conlang,” or constructed languages. The product of the course will be a new, collaboratively constructed language, a new approach in linguistics pedagogy. Students will draw from the applied study of both real world languages and constructed languages to create their own “conlang” and publish their results as a multimedia-rich presentation for the linguistics and hobbyist community.
Dr. Peter Westley
Assistant Professor of Fisheries
School of Fisheries and Ocean Science
Project: Salmon and Society
Dr. Westley built and delivered a pilot course titled Salmon & Society where students explored the complex and sometimes contentious relationships between salmon and people. Taught through a combination of video conference, in-person delivery, and Slack as a mode of asynchronous communication, the students were asked to roleplay various stakeholders throughout the semester to gain a better understanding of real-life interactions. Together, Peter and his students learned about current pressing issues facing salmon – the decline of Chinook salmon in Alaska, interactions between hatchery and wild salmon, struggle for persistence by Sacramento River salmon, and culture wars in Cook Inlet- through weekly guest lectures by professionals working on these issues and by hands on learning in a laboratory session.
Dr. Devin Drown
Assistant Professor of Biology
Institute of Arctic Biology
Project: Guinea Pig Games
Dr. Drown will developed a set of conceptually rich learning activities that promote the understanding of the five mechanisms of evolutionary change emphasized by population genetics (finite population size, natural selection, genetic mutations, non-random mating, and migration). The activities will incorporate concepts of gamification and badging as a means of engaging students in a difficult subject and promote incremental understanding. For this project, I will start by researching current potential solutions. He’s currently teaching Principles of Evolution (F481/681) and presenting an opportunity to test prototype activities as well as more specifically to identify the learning barriers students have with understanding population genetics. Developed activities and resources will be made freely available and results published in an academic journal upon completion.
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing
Project: Creative Writing Graduate Students Develop Thesis Trailers
Daryl Farmer’s project focused on the development of a project framework for graduate writing students to create trailers for their theses as multimedia collaborations with other artists. Students distilled their projects into 3 minute trailer and collaborated with a visual artist to create the trailer. UAF eLearning assisted with marketing, producing the trailers, and an event designed to connect students with other artists interested in collaborating on these projects. Students showed their trailer in conjunction with MFA 3rd year readings at the Bear Gallery in April of 2016.
Dr. Nicole Cundiff
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Northern Leadership Center Director
Project: Statewide Collaborative Leadership App
Dr. Cundiff’s project involved the development of a collaborative application tool for handheld devices for the state of Alaska in order to enhance productivity across external and regional boundaries for leadership development programming and enhanced community learning.
Nicole and eLearning’s (TITLE) Janene McMahan attended The Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference in June 2015 to present on some ideas stemming from this work on community leadership development. The presentations were titled Leadership Development Online and Building Collaborative Community Development Tools. Further, Nicole received QM certification on her Leading Change online course in August 2017, using information and tools discovered during the CITE fellowship.
Dr. Sarah Hayes
Assistant Professor of Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Project: Hybrid, Team-Taught Chemistry Course with Distance Lab
Dr. Hayes worked with faculty, eLearning, and a commercial partner (eScience Labs) to develop a course: Introduction to Environmental Science of the Arctic (CHEM 194). This course was geared towards engaging students without prior science experience to connect the scientific course material with the arctic environment and connect with environmental health in the communities where students reside. The lab kit was developed with eScience specifically from this course and students participated in faculty-directed research by collecting and analyzing water samples from across the state and contributing their data to a growing database of Alaskan natural surface water quality parameters.
Dr. Joanne Healy
Assistant Professor of Special Education
School of Education
Facilitating Educational Research into Challenges from Autism to Giftedness
Dr. Healey acquired two humanoid robots to facilitate educational research for both graduate and undergraduate students who wanted to work closely with students who experience challenges from autism to giftedness. This cutting edge technology informed her students about possibilities in the classroom, for research, and in the community.
Dr. Sabine Siekmann
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Foreign Languages
PI Improving Alaska Native Language Education through Computer Assisted Language Learning
Project: Augmented Reality Game for International Students
This project used a mobile augmented reality game to help international students improve their English ability and overcome culture shock through the game’s opportunities for human interaction and exploration of their campus environment. The game was delivered using the ARIS mobile platform on iOS, to allow students to interact with their environment and each other through place-based collaboration. Students also participated in a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the game in terms of student learning outcomes and the linguistic interactions that naturally occur as part of the gameplay process.
Instructor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
School of Management
Project: Technology Tool Adoption and Use
Sean McGee developed and delivered one-on-one training for other faculty on specific tools designed to enrich both accounting and economics School of Management courses. This training demonstrated the specifics of Livescribe products to capture pencasts and make notes and voiceover materials available inside of Blackboard. He also taught faculty to use Cintiq graphic tablets along with drawing applications and screen-casting software to deliver lectures to students remotely around the State and Nation.
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Project: Documentary Film Institute
The Documentary Film Institute incorporated an inter-class model in which students will collaborated on projects flowing from course to course across multiple sections. The Institute mimiced the film industry production model in that students had different roles in the production of a film that, by working together, produced a finished product. This project took multiple isolated courses and created one, narrative-bound professional film lab concept. The over-arching goal was to create a peer-learning environment in which students built collaborative relationships and felt responsible to fulfill their duties for the benefit of their classmates.
Dr. Obadare Awoleke
Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Project: Crowdsourcing Problems in Engineering Communities
The objective of this project was to create an online repository where students and researchers could post content and share ideas. To this end Dr. Awoleke created a Google + page called Petroleum Engineering Research. To seed the page, graduate students were asked to post their thoughts on particular subject matter. UAF eLearning sponsored an online challenge in which students studying petroleum engineering in US colleges were asjed to solve a technical problem related to oil and gas production in Alaska. Preliminary indications showed that students are working with their peers in about 8 other petroleum engineering schools in the US in regions as diverse from Ohio to Texas. 4 BP engineers agreed to serve as judges on the panel that determined the best submissions.
Dr. Kriya Dunlap
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry
Mobile Gaming & Creative Engagement in the Chemistry Classroom
Kriya Dunlap developed a game inspired teaching methodology, meant to increase engagement in class. She experimented with the viability of this approach, both for increasing student involvement in the study process and how it might scale for a much larger cohort.
In another piece of the project, students were required to go beyond the typical industry-standard presentation methods and were exposed to innovative creative presentation tools and practices such as augmented reality design and creation, complex multimedia presentations, and artistic melding with scientific pursuits.
Assistant Professor of Art
Curator of Fine Arts, Museum of the North
Project: Augmented Reality with Stop-Motion Animation
Mareca Guthrie worked with students in her Honors ART 200X class to create an animation about the history of glass that was exhibited as an augmented reality project alongside public artwork in the Murie Life Sciences Building. This was a pilot project for future interdisciplinary student-made augmented reality projects associated with art exhibits on campus and in the museum. The level of student engagement and effort was high and the strengths and weaknesses of the software and improvements for user experience were discovered.
Dr. Rorik Peterson
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Project: Cold Climate Smart Plugins
Dr. Peterson designed, built, tested, and developed a deployment/marketing strategy for a “smart” controller that connects in-line to the ubiquitous vehicle plug-in electrical cord found in extreme cold climates such as Fairbanks. The overarching goal/purpose of the smart plugins was to reduce overall power consumption by optimizing the times and duration that the vehicle is plugged in. The approach will be to install temperature sensor/sensors at critical locations for maintaining the necessary temperature for low-wear (viscous friction) and clean (low CO) starting. The design of the plugin occured simultaneously with the spring offering of the Mechanical Engineering Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory (ME308), a required junior level, discipline-specific course. Several learning activities throughout the semester were centered around the design process.
Instructor of Accounting
School of Management
Project: Quantifying the Student Self: Voluntary Data Collection
Ruth Prato utilized fitness-bands and a smartphone-app combination to employ students in collecting data on themselves pertaining to activity, sleep, study, and eating habits. The idea was to provide students with the tools necessary for tracking their own behavior (and the behavior of their cohort) relative to success in the classroom. All of the data was aggregated in a password-protected central database, which students used to view their own data or the anonymized, aggregate data of their fellow participants. The database supported several default and customizable reporting functions, enabling users to organize the data in any number of ways. Rather than farming their personal data out, they collected and controlled their own data to accomplish their own goals.
Dr. Sarah Stanley
Assistant Professor of English
Director of Composition
Project: The Digital Eye – Reading in the New Classroom
Dr. Stanley’s CITE project slowed down, zoomed in, and got up close to reading processes in order to enable more critical literacy practices from advanced students enrolled in English 485: Teaching Composition in the Schools. The project used an eyetracker to record how students processed information related to the course. The results were used to shape the course content of English 111: Introduction to Academic Writing.
Dr. Susan Renes
Associate Professor of Counseling
co-Chair of Counseling Program and Graduate Program
School of Education
Project: Higher Ed – Exclusionary to Inclusionary with Help from Visionaries
Following the theoretical framework of critical pedagogy and informed by an understanding of microaggressions in higher education, this CITE project created an asynchronous course, Foundations of Guidance and Counseling, for UAF’s School of Education, to help future educators understand how online communities can improve the retention rates for underrepresented student populations. The course was taught during Spring Semester with a 100% completion rate (all 10 students who registered did complete the class) and all student evaluations scored various aspects of the class with either a very good or excellent rank.