Department of English

Lecturer Alice Batt and graduate student Sean McCarthy win IITAP award

Thu, April 29, 2010

The English department congratulates Rhetoric and Writing Lecturer Alice Batt and former English graduate student Sean McCarthy, who have been awarded Top Honor for Accomplishment in Instructional Impact from the 13th annual Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program (IITAP). Their entry, "Writing for Non-Profits in Digital Environments," was cited as "a model for using innovative instructional technology to engage students for active learning."  The award includes a $3300 cash prize and an Apple iPad.

Featuring exemplars of instructional innovation, IITAP recognizes and rewards faculty achievements in shaping technology to enhance teaching and learning. The annual IITAP event celebrates outstanding faculty initiatives to make teaching more effective, relevant, and efficient by incorporating novel teaching tools and learning resources.

DIIA invites faculty and faculty-student/staff teams to submit entries for IITAP each year, to share innovative instructional materials that have been developed specifically for UT Austin courses.  Finalists were selected from among all entries by a faculty review panel and judged by a panel including previous IITAP award recipients, members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, students, and members of the New Media Consortium.

Alice Batt is a lecturer in English and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing.  Sean McCarthy is a graduate student and Assistant Director of the Digital Writing and Research lab.


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