The Technology Fellowship Program is a mini-grant initiative to help Hopkins faculty develop digital course resources by combining their instructional expertise with the technology skills of students. The focus of this program is to create instructional resources that support undergraduate education. Through the generosity of the Office of the Provost and the Smart Family Foundation, faculty and students develop proposals together to integrate technology into instructional projects that will enhance pedagogy, increase or facilitate access to course materials, encourage active learning, and promote critical thinking or collaboration among students.
The Technology Fellowship Program is available to faculty who teach full-time undergraduate students.
Projects Funded by Grants to the CER:
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Projects: The AVD Critical Thinking in the Humanities Program was formed with support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The program supports course related projects that develop and implement digital tools to enhance the development of critical thinking skills. The CER's Final Report to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations details information on all of the following projects completed under the grant:
Introduction to the History of Western European Art I and II
Introduction to Fiction and Poetry I & II
The American West
The Interactive Florence Map
Art Museum Policy and Practice: Information in the Art Museum
Great Books: The Western Tradition
Introduction to the Study of Film and Media
The Documentary Tradition
Introduction to the History of Early Modern Philosophy
The City: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.
Rise of Modern Science
Spanish Through the Eyes
Europe and the Wider World: 1492-1776
Exploring the Museum: History, Theory, Practice.
Tablet PCs in the Humanities
Christopher Hoehn-Saric and Smart Family Foundation Projects: R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric and the Smart Family Foundation have supported the University's Technology Fellows program and the Center for Educational Resources at the Sheridan Libraries since 2001. Mr. Hoehn-Saric has also been a key strategic advisor for the CER. The Smart Family Foundation, based in Wilton, Connecticut, supports selected initiatives in higher education and has funded the following projects:
Minor in Sustainable Development for Engineers
Video Game Theory and Design: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) Pilot
Enhancement of Introductory Physics Labs for Engineers, Biosciences, and Physics Majors
Hewlett Packard Mobile Computing: In 2004 The Johns Hopkins University received an HP Technology for Teaching grant to encourage the transformation of student learning and teaching. Using HP mobile technology, Dr. Bruce Barnett – Physics and Astronomy professor – began actively engaging students in his large introductory physics courses. Dr. Barnett has transformed his physics courses using in-class voting, online homework, and laptops provided by Hewlett Packard. More detailed information is available in the project report, available in PDF format.
Mellon Foundation: Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project: Established in 1969 by the family of Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew W. Mellon, the Mellon Foundation is a leader in philanthropic giving to higher education. As part of a broader effort to uncover “hidden” archival collections, the Mellon Foundation funded the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project (DPAAP) at Johns Hopkins University. DPAAP is a collaborative project of the Sheridan Libraries’ Center for Educational Resources, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Africana Studies, and the Afro-American Newspapers. DPAAP is arranging and describing the materials held in Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center and will make those descriptions accessible through a searchable web-based database that will be free and open to the public.