Examples of technologies purchased through the TLTM program

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro-grant program has provided over $80,000 to fund small-scale faculty classroom projects that enhance teaching and learning. The following technologies are a sampling of the software and hardware purchased by TLTM award winners and how they were used. Many of these projects continue being actively being used in the classroom.

Note

The following TLTM-purchased technologies are not supported by Regis University unless otherwise stated. Contact the principal investigator or the company for additional information.

Technology Classroom project More information
Eko Core Stethoscope "In nursing classes, the instructor will program the Eko stethoscope for abnormal rhytms for students to listen to and discuss. This decreases the need for a dual headed stethoscope which are often more difficult to utilize because of time constraints and difficulty in auscultation. The Eko Stethoscope findings can be recorded for the instructor to listen to at a later time."

Principal investigator

Susan Dalbey

Cost

Starting at $199

Company website

Eko Devices
HTC Vive - Virtual reality gaming headset 3D monitor "Virtual reality has been used in education for several years. Most of the research is based on the notion of V.R. being "An Empathy Machine". One goal of V.R. is its capacity to immerse students in a world or first-person narratives and perspectives. One of the major goals of this grant is to access if learning outcomes are enhanced by V.R. experiences as well as explore how these experiences impact empathic responses in students. The implications for this project are immense and reach across many disciplines. It is my hope that faculty will be able to use the equipment and allow themselves the freedom to dream of new possibilities and explore the most critical aspect of teaching, CREATIVITY."

Principal investigator

Martin Munoz

Cost

$599

Company website

Vive
Virtual Sandtray "Typically in counseling, a sandtray, a large container with sand and numerous small figurines, is used in a therapeutic setting to allow clients to explore and express their inner feelings and conflicts. The use of the Sandtray app has been widely accepted and is useful for the clinician and appealing to clients, particularly children. A physical sandtray is cumbersome to move around and can be messy. Figurines or small representation objects can be expensive and hard to store. The creation of the virtual sandtray solves these challenges and more. In our digital age, many students and clients are comfortable and more engaged when using technology. Therefore, this approach to using the Sandtray app could be quite appealing. Also, having a virtual sandtray option could meet the needs of some students and clients who are either unable to physically interact with a typical sandtray or are uncomfortable with it. Lastly, having the option to save the virtual sandtray on the device gives the student the opportunity to revisit a client's sandtray and talk about changes as well as utilize it supervision."

Principal investigator

Jody Huntington

Cost

$200

Company website

Virtual Sandtray
Videoscribe Pro "This project seeks to license Videoscribe software, a leading whiteboard animation software, for use by 25 faculty (full time and affiliate) in the College of Business and Economics and offer space for and workshop-style peer trainings on how to create and best utilize these animations. Licensing this software for a year will allow us to create videos without the Videoscribe watermark (the Pro license) so that they can be saved and used for future classes. The TLTM Grant Team will work with a total of 25 faculty in CBE to create teaching videos for their classes. The effects of peer learning will develop a deeper understanding of the curriculum across all faculty."

Principal investigator

Ken Sagendorf

Cost

$200

Company website

VideoScribe
LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer "The Fine Arts department proposes to offer a class in 3D printing and design for digital fabrication. The use of CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) technologies is changing the face of many industries and offers new possibilities for artists to create forms and work in materials that have never been possible before. Although the class will focus primarily on the use of an FDM (Fused Deposition Material) 3D printer, the parameters of other digital fabrication technologies will also be discussed. The differences in preparation of files and modeling strategies for other techniques, such as laser cutting and CNC machining, will also be covered.

"A syllabus has already been developed and qualified faculty member with 20 years of experience in 3D modeling and 5 years experience with digital fabrication is prepared to take over the class. A few examples of art work incorporating 3D print and other digital fabrication techniques can be viewed on the Judy Gardner Sculpture & 3D Print Gallery.

"The hardware expense will be a Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer to be situated in the Digital Print Lab in the O'Sullivan building, which will be available to students in the class. Free, open source software is available that fully meets the requirements of the class, so there is no software expense.

"Offering a class of this nature will put Regis' Fine Art department on the cutting edge of new trends in the art world."

Principal investigator

Barbara Coleman

Cost

$599

Company website

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer
RCA Voyager 7" tablet "Groups like the Defense Centers for Excellence T2 program, stand ready to engage our military populations with technology such as Mood Tracker, Virtual Hope Box, and Breathe2Relax. These free mobile apps are accessible and powerful. Like with many suggestions in therapy, there is often a gap from suggestion to implementation, and this is no different with these apps. Therapists often suggest augmenting therapy with these tools only to have clients return not having remembered (despite our efforts to remind them) the app or how to access it. With this grant, I seek to acquire some ipad mini's (or other smaller android tablets) to have in session ability to show, practice with, and experience these apps with clients in our on campus, free/low-cost mental health clinics.These apps usage will be more solidly applied with the capacity to practice in session. Clients, not just military based, will experience the benefits first hand and thus be more likely to download and implement in their own wellness journeys."

Principal investigator

Josh Kreimeyer

Cost

$35

Company website

RCA Voyager tablet
Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Mini PC "Our current research program has produced interesting results indicating security competitions accelerate student learning. Robust, fast and small platform centralized computers are critical to successful development and deployment of well run responsive exercises. Students and faculty require high performance, reliable systems that are resilient and low maintenance capable of hosting competitions that reflect current threats. To achieve these learning goals we have implemented an unique AGILE methodology one dedicated to software development of a coaching engine and the other to hosted content. The dual system approach provides for rapid software development and hosting of timely, prescient competitions providing students with a testbed with which to practice against adversaries. We propose to demonstrate our software development and methodology in conjunction with our preliminary research results. We are requesting funding to purchase two NUC computers with SSD drives. $1900 at Amazon." "

Principal investigator

Dan Likarish

Cost

$580

Company website

Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Mini PC
CalcBench "The purpose of this proposed project is to obtain funding for a software tool, CalcBench (www.calcbench.com), to facilitate teaching financial analysis and business analytics in the College of Business and Economics’ (CBE’s) accounting and finance courses. Financial analysis has traditionally been taught in the CBE by using spreadsheet tools. This approach is manual requiring students to input data into the spreadsheet and to create formulas such as ratio calculations and year-over-year changes for analysis. Because the manual process is clerical, time-consuming, and error prone, students spend a large part of the assignment time collecting and inputting data into spreadsheets rather than on financial analysis, the critical skill we are trying to teach. The manual approach is compounded if students are attempting to perform comparative analysis on multiple companies.

CalcBench, is suitable for the CBE’s undergraduate and graduate accounting and finance courses. Approximately ten courses in the two disciplines can use the software. It is projected that 150 students will use the software annually for financial analysis assignments. Because CalcBench sources financial data from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) data repository, the information for analysis is available instantly simply by entering companies’ stock ticker symbols. The data repository includes SEC financial filings for all US companies listed on US stock exchanges – approximately 12,000 companies. Financial statements for multiple years and ratio analysis are presented. Also, research into financial statement disclosures using a robust search tool is available. This allows students to access footnote disclosures allowing them to examine, analyze, and interpret financial disclosures."

Principal investigator

Kris Brands

Cost

$2,000 annual cost

Company website

CalcBench
MinION "Starting this fall I am to take over teaching the Biology department’s Molecular Biology lecture (BL426) and lab (BL427). As part of the that responsibility I am going to completely remake the lab component, with the specific aim of introducing high throughput sequencing and analysis. The goal is to create mutants in yeast using the genome-editing technology CRISPR/cas9 and then use high throughput sequencing of either RNA, DNA or protein binding to determine the phenotypic effects of the mutations. One of the key motivators of this project is the advent of Oxford Nanopore’s MinION technology. This will allow us to do the sequencing at Regis, rather than send the sample off to a sequencing center. At ~$1000 these MinION’s plug into a standard computer through a USB drive. Student will then have the opportunity to watch the sequencing happen in real time. Sequencing output can be watched in real time, with a plan to livestream the sequencing to the entire class. The entire time it should take to complete the sequencing should be less than 48 hours."

Principal investigator

Max Boeck

Cost

$1,000 starter pack

Company website

MinION starter pack
Credly "In higher education, students are rarely rewarded for achievements they earn, other than the letter grades they receive in classes. Within the Teacher Education programs at the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, students seeking licensure are evaluated not only on the content knowledge they obtain, but also in the area of professional and ethical behaviors. The current model that exists within this evaluation is problematic and cumbersome at best. Faculty are required to provide extensive documentation to evaluate students on these professional behaviors, referred to as ""Dispositions."" We propose to pilot a system whereby BADGES are used to indicate mastery of the professional dispositions students are evaluated on within courses. By using this system of badges, students will be more aware of the behaviors they need to improve upon, successes they have had, and set goals for improvement."

Principal investigator

Melissa Brydon

Cost

$495 one year subscription

Company website

Credly