MORAVIAN RECEIVES HI-TECH TEACHING GRANT

Molecules can run, but they won't be able to hide from Moravian students, thanks to an award package of HP wireless products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000.  Moravian was one of 42 two- and four-year colleges and universities to receive a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant, which is designed to transform classroom teaching and learning through innovative uses of technology.

Moravian's proposal was initiated by Steve Dunham and Shari Dunham, assistant professors of chemistry at Moravian who took advantage of the opportunity to provide a computer for each student enrolled in the Biochemistry I and/or Fundamentals of Chemistry courses.  The project will create a paperless learning environment that integrates technology and biochemical information to actively engage students in classroom and laboratory experiences.  The equipment supplied by HP, which includes 20 wireless tablet PCs, will expand the students' abilities to collect, share, and analyze data. Both self-directed research and interactive classroom discussions will be transformed by the effective use of this technology.

"I think we were chosen by HP because we put forth a strong proposal that clearly defined how the College is poised to transform the classroom experience for students," says Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations at Moravian. "Also, Steve and Shari Dunham, the principal investigators for the project, proposed an effective process to measure success and evaluate outcomes. Assessment is key to identifying the strengths and benefits of a project like this, so it can be successfully reproduced." She adds a reminder that the development office is a resource for faculty members seeking external funding for projects. "Anyone who would like to discuss grant opportunities can contact me," she says.