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Professor Matthews Wins Teaching
Innovation Award

Prof. Matthews and students
Rick Matthews, Professor of Physics and Director of Academic and Instructional Technology, has won the WFU Teaching and Learning Center's Teaching Innovation Award. This award recognizes the effort put forth by faculty who have redesigned their courses or introduced new courses with innovative, research-based approaches to the practice of teaching, using new methods and/or technologies, with an intentional emphasis on how these innovations improved or facilitated student learning.

Professor Matthews has redesigned sections of General Physics I and II in which most lectures are delivered by video while class time is dominated by interactive activities and small group problem solving. The courses were highlighted in an University article last year.


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