FITT Academy 2016


The Fostering Innovation in Teaching with Technology (FITT) Academy is an intensive hands-on project-specific faculty development event jointly sponsored by Resources for Information,
Technology and Education (RITE) and the Professional Development Office. This unique opportunity is designed for full time faculty or lecturers to launch a faculty community of practice focused on advancing teaching with technology.


2016 FITT Academy Teams

Faculty were matched with a project team made up of professional staff from within RITE.

Here are the projects, faculty and teams:

Dr. Seth Oyer (COM)

Project: Explore online scavenger hunts to enhance interactive experiences for students

Team lead: Andy Chambers

Mr. Eric Dolph (INT)

Project: Investigate 3D modeling software in a virtual reality environment to enhance spatial understanding using Google Cardboard

Team lead: Ken Fujiuchi

Dr. Amy McMillan (BIO)

Project: Use Camtasia to create instructional videos for BIO 303 & identify additional supplemental media

Team lead: Tim Sager

Dr. Maria Pacheco (CHE)

Project: Develop faculty guide for OER adoption in their courses and apply creative commons license to share with the BSC community

Team lead: Leah Galka

Dr. David Abbott (PHY)

Project: Digitize homework assignments and identify OERs to enhance student comprehension.

Team lead: Mike DiFonzo

Dr. Tim Bryant (ENG)

Project: Transform written assignment to incorporate digital / multimedia components in a way that can be reviewed by other students and published online.

Team lead: Meghan Pereira

Mrs. Kathleen O’Brien (HTR)

Project: Utilize Blackboard Achievements to develop and design a digital credentialing system to recognize student competency of specific skills.

Team lead: Mike DiFonzo

Photo Galleries

Photos during the week of the FITT Academy


Photos of the final presentations

The inaugural FITT Academy was held June 6 – 10, 2016.


The 2016 FITT Academy was a roaring success! More than 20 project abstracts were received and 8 projects were selected based on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Feasibility


Projects were selected by the FITT Academy Committee (FAC): Dr. Scott Goodman, Dr. William White,
Melaine Kenyon, Meghan Pereira, and Ken Fujiuchi.

The FITT Academy Committee (FAC) would like to thank the following project team participants:

  • Matt Amerosa
  • Kari D’Amico
  • Kaylene Waite
  • Todd Benzin
  • Katie Bertel
  • Marc Bayer
  • Joe Riggie
  • Ken Giangreco
  • Pat Trinkley
  • Chris Weber
  • David Demers


In addition, we’d like to thank the 2016 FITT Academy presenters for their time and expertise:

  • Sumana Silverheels
  • Maureen Lindstrom
  • Josh Rakower
  • Gina Game
  • Jill Norvilitis


An initiative this large has many contributors behind the scenes. We’d also like to thank our colleagues for their time and support:

  • Khaleel Gathers
  • Katie Malik
  • Kristine Kaminsky
  • Bruce Fox
  • Maryruth Glogowski
  • David Demers
  • Events Management
  • Chartwells

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