2011 TWTA Winner: Casey Dunn

Use of Multimedia Award 2011

Instructor: Prof. Casey Dunn
Course: BIOL0410 Invertebrate Zoology

Invertebrate Zoology’ aimed to teach students about the ‘diversity in the animal world’, focusing on invertebrate animals and their behavior,  morphology, physiology, reproduction, and development. Topics covered in the course ranged from evolution to ‘animal’ perspective.

What students said about the course:
“Technology was used in this class to illustrate an important message that often gets lost among scientists and science concentrators at Brown; science is for EVERYONE.
You don’t need to know technical jargon or have taken BIOL0200, for example, to enjoy a fascinating story about how a nautilus swims, or how tardigrades can survive in outer space. And by making science more accessible through these animations, we can encourage more people to develop interests in the sciences.”

Teaching with Technology Reviewers’ comments:
“Professor Dunn’s ‘CreatureCast’ animations were a transformative experience for many of his students, illustrating that ‘Science is for EVERYONE’. Through these
experiences students were inspired to express their passion for the class material and take ownership of creating an original product for a public audience, providing an
invaluable lesson in science communication. The course archives, which include current and past student work, are videos shared via a public blog called creaturecast.org which has received national recognition at other universities and int the media (NPR and PBS).”

“Student nominations convey a great deal of respect and admiration for the professor, as well as appreciation for the work he asked them to do.”


2009 TWTA Winner: Ipek Tureli

Use of Multimedia 2009

Instructor: Prof. Ipek Tureli
Course: HIAA 1890F: From Worlds in Miniature to Miniature Worlds: Theming and Virtuality

Interview with Prof. Tureli:

Description: This seminar surveyed spaces of consumption that are organized around themes such as theme parks. Miniaturization, in particular, is a prevalent spatial strategy used in themed environments that range in form from historical quarters of cities that are reconfigured as miniature museum-cities to the culturally-themed hyperreal representations that emerge in multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life. What are the different kinds of experience these spaces offer to visitors immersed in their exhibitions? What are the appeals of themed environments and virtual reality technologies they employ? Posing such questions, this seminar explored theming and virtuality both historically and globally.

What students said about the course:

This incredibly ambitious class challenged students to respond to ideas of “themed” spaces with a documentary video project and extensive use of web spaces to foster on-going critical conversations… Additionally, Tureli’s dedication to a class blog, where progress on the documentaries could be noted and ideas solicited made this a model class for technology in higher education.

Prof. Tureli’s comments:

The course examined themed and virtual environments with a global and historical perspective. The students chose local themed sites and analyzed them using ethnography and documentary film. They attained a higher level of understanding of the course material via this creative application.