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Maesha Ulcena, '19, chose to research the effects of immigration and music in Lowell. "Lowell is a very diverse city, said Maesha. "I chose to research one of the eight distinct neighborhoods known as 'e Acre,' which has a large Cambodian population. Dr. Bishop's teaching style is to present core information and give students the creative freedom to take it where it leads us." When asked her thoughts upon receiving the award, Dr. Bishop said, "It re- emphasized for me that putting the students in the center of the equation and letting them learn new skills might seem simple enough, but it's really powerful, especially when incorporating technology in innovative ways." 18 Outcomes 2017 Dr. Paula Bishop A Noteworthy Achievement Bridgewater State University's new Innovative Teaching with Technology Award recognizes a faculty member who incorporates a new technology in his or her classroom or uses an existing technology or teaching methodology in an innovative way. is could apply to a face-to-face class, hybrid online or fully online course. Staff in IT's Teaching & Technology Center solicited faculty applications, reviewed all entries and recommended the final candidates to Ray Lefebvre, vice president of Information Technology/CIO. Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Paula Bishop, was chosen for her innovative work in her first- year seminar class, Folk Music of the United States – Music of Immigrant Groups. At the risk of oversimplifying, the assignment was to explore what music means to diverse groups of people and how musical influences over the centuries have impacted our communities. Students were required to use a variety of technologies to accomplish the task. "To localize the experience, students were asked to choose a Massachusetts town, research immigration into that town and research the effect of that immigration on the musical culture of that town," said Dr. Bishop. The project was multi-dimensional in its use of technological resources. Students searched online, including government database census reports. They visited libraries, hunted for photographs, created their own websites, mapped music cultures. Not surprisingly, said Dr. Bishop, "The project sparked a lot of interesting discussions." MAESHA ULCENA, '19 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award Star Performers

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