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CCI to use NSF Grant to Transform Education

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) has received a five-year, $2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to fund "The Connected Learner: Design Patterns for Transforming Computing and Informatics Education." This project is a reorientation of undergraduate computing and informatics education to focus on student learning that connects to peers, the profession and the community.

"The project vision is to transform the student entering an undergraduate computing and informatics program from a person with an interest in computing to a person with an identity as a computing professional," said project principal investigator Mary Lou Maher, professor and chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems. "The project will transform faculty attitudes toward education, shifting their attitudes and behaviors away from knowledge transmission and lecturing toward a refreshed approach of developing educational activities that scaffold the computing knowledge and skills to build successful computing professionals."

'Fabled' on Display in Student Union Gallery

Art professors Heather Freeman and Jeff Murphy created the works in the exhibit “Fabled: Flederhund and Other Stories” on display in the Student Union Art Gallery through Friday, Aug. 7.

Some of the images were for their book “Flederhund.” Written for children, “Flederhund” centers on a young boy's encounters with both imaginary creatures and real places as he searches for his missing dog in Central Europe.

Freeman, an associate professor of digital media, teaches digital print, animation, video, installation and drawing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art and German studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Rutgers University. Murphy, who received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida, is an associate professor of art. His classes include digital imaging, interactive design, photography, video and animation.