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Ph.D. Candidate Wins Teaching Innovation Award

by Carl Miller Friday, January 2, 2015

Adam Spencer, a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant at the Wisconsin School of Business, recently won a UW–Madison Innovation in Teaching Award for his use of Google Glass as a teaching tool.

With Google Glass, Spencer records customized feedback after he grades exams, assignments, and other student work. The video format allows him to give students more nuanced and detailed feedback that is also more convenient for them to access.

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Spencer began using Google Glass as a teaching assistant to Michael Gofman, an assistant professor of finance at the WSB. 

The Innovation in Teaching Award is given by the College of Letters & Science in recognition of teaching assistants who bring extraordinary creativity to their work and who have developed or adapted teaching methods or techniques in new and innovative ways. The award recognizes five or fewer teaching assistants each year from all UW–Madison schools and colleges.

To learn more about how Spencer and Gofman use this innovative technology to improve learning outcomes, read an in-depth story from our newsroom.