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Testimonials from Grant Winners

Teaching Enhancement Grant

"Thanks to the support of CTRL and the teaching enhancement fund, my class Buddhist Arts of Asia was able to learn about the Japanese tea ceremony. Students (including some other majors who sat in with the class) listened to a lecture on the connections between Buddhism and the tea ceremony, watched a performance, and then were able to ritually drink the tea. Thank you for the support!"

Namiko Kunimoto
Department of Art, CAS

"With the Teaching Enhancement Grant, I was able to order a set of DVDs and a book related to a traditional Chinese Kunqu opera….Together they showed students the long history of traditional Chinese opera and the recent attempts to reinvigorate the traditional form of Chinese opera through the world."

Xiaoquan Raphael Zhang
World Languages and Cultures, CAS

"Thanks to the CTRL Teaching Enhancement Grant, my students in COMM-100 received a hand-counter for two days to keep track of all advertisements they were exposed to…. We calculated the average clicks and discussed the prevalence of media in our lives. Students stated that it was an interesting project which engaged them both in and outside the classroom. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to conduct that activity."

Joseph Erba
Public Communication, SOC

"Thank you so much for authorizing the reimbursement of "IQChinese - Mandarin Basics" – a revolutionary new learning system created specifically for the North American Chinese language student. It brings the Chinese language learning experience into a new era by combining the latest computer technology and a multi-media interactive curriculum into simple insert-and-play CD ROMs."

Svetlana Xu
Department of Language and Foreign Studies, CAS

"Thanks very much on behalf of myself, our students, and our program. We purchased a flip cam and it is serving our students well, especially our first year students. Their weekly 6-minute presentations on leadership lessons in current events are recorded and posted on our blackboard. The students who presented then view the recording along with their classmates' peer evaluations and write a reflection on what they did well … and what they hope to improve upon in their next presentation."

Margaret Marr

Ideas Incubator Grant

"I wanted to teach Tools of Scientific Computing with a uniform platform and software so that there were no costs to the students. i.e., using 'freeware'.

I realized that what I needed … was a computer using the Ubuntu operating system (which is freeware) that had a Python compiler (which is also freeware). The perfect computer was a Lenovo laptop. I would like to thank Ideas Incubator evaluation committee for approving my grant application and giving me part of the resources to teach the class."

Stephen Casey
Department of Math & Statistics, CAS

"The grant from CTRL allowed me to purchase a professional … simulation called “AWAKA"... It provided a superb experiential learning experience for the students, allowing them to link the abstract theories and studies of the class with the actual experience of two contrasting cultures encountering one another for the first time. The students just loved it. In fact, they did not want it to end! The Ideas Incubator award allowed me to ... share with colleagues both the power of simulations in our classrooms and the placement of the simulation in the course curriculum. Thank you to CTRL!!!"

Nanette Levinson

"I have used the Ideas Incubator grant to purchase a custom-made map of the Caucasus and Moldova that includes information on the break-away republics/conflict areas in these regions. The map serves as one of the main visual sources of information and references in the class. It includes information on ethnic composition, borders of conflict zones, transportation routes, oil/gas pipelines, areas of fighting and many more. I have posted the map file on the Blackboard for students to use outside of the classroom. It is an incredibly practical visual resource. Its interactive format helps engage students more in class and outside the class and helps them understand the complexity of the conflict situations in the post-Soviet space. I greatly appreciate the grant and an opportunity to purchase this map."

Ekaterina Romanova
International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, SIS