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Hal WilsonHal Wilson, a graduate teaching associate in recreation and sport management, had a big idea that will make his classes more interactive. He’s won a GTA@OIT grant to implement his “flipped classroom” approach this spring.

Wilson, who teaches a class that deals with cultural ideologies and social issues, will supplement assigned readings with online videos and presentations and incorporate some online assignments. This way, Wilson can spend less time lecturing and more time helping his students apply the concepts to the real world.

GTA@OIT grants are awarded twice annually to graduate teaching assistants or associates who have sole responsibility for teaching a class and want to enhance their teaching using Online@UT tools. To apply, interested individuals must submit a proposal about how they would redesign their class. Winners receive $1,000 for travel or other purposes and work with an IT graduate student assistant mentor to implement their redesign ideas.