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CSUSB professors secure $1 million grant to develop adaptive learning technologies for chemistry students

Seeking to close the achievement gap for approximately 8,000 chemistry students annually, a team including three CSUSB professors recently was awarded a state grant of up to $1 million to develop culturally responsive, technology-enabled learning to address factors known to disproportionately impact historically marginalized groups.

One of only five 2020 Innovation Grants awarded by the California Education Learning Lab, the three-year project, “Rebalancing the Equity Gap in Chemistry Education with Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Learning,” will use online, personalized learning technologies in a coordinated effort.

CSUSB professors Larry Mink and Andreas Beyersdorf of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Prof. Mihaela Popescu of the Department of Communication Studies, representing Academic Technologies and Innovation, joined an intersegmental team comprised of UC Davis and Mendocino College faculty, as well as representatives from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in securing the grant.

The selection committee noted that the project “proposes an innovative approach to increasing student success by creating an open-education-resource adaptive learning platform and by developing editable, culturally responsive learning and homework modules.”

Managed through the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the California Education Learning Lab is part of the state’s vision “to grow and sustain a highly educated workforce that can meet the challenge of our changing world.” The agency was established in 2018 in order to close equity and achievement gaps across the state’s higher education segments, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Visit Grant awarded to CSUSB team aims to bridge achievement gap in chemistry for complete details.


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Coyote Radio & Advertising students and staff win multiple awards for outstanding creative work at regional advertising competition

Students and staff from the CSUSB Coyote Radio & Advertising and Office of Strategic Communication teams were honored with a total of 13 “Addy” awards from the Inland Empire chapter of the American Advertising Federation during its gala ceremony in Riverside.
As the advertising industry’s largest and most diverse competition, the American Advertising Awards (the Addys) receive more than 40,000 entries annually through local competitions. Local winners advance to one of 15 district competitions for the chance to move on to the national finals.  
The 2020 Inland Empire competition, held March 13 at Riverside’s Mission Inn, honored the work of professionals and students in more than 200 categories.

Visit CSUSB teams honored with 13 ‘Addy’ Awards for the complete list of CSUSB winners.

Flight to Harmony: The CSUSB orchestra experiences performance of a lifetime

Documentary chronicles CSUSB Orchestra's concert at acclaimed performing arts venue in Seoul

Through the generosity of the Shin Il Cultural/Education Foundation and Dr. Se-Ung Lee, honorary chair of the foundation, the CSUSB Orchestra embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to South Korea, where they performed their first-ever international concert at the world-renowned Seoul Arts Center on Oct. 2, 2019.

Watch their extraordinary experiences unfold in the 28-minute documentary “Flight to Harmony,” which premiered on Sunday, March 1, during a special reception with the CSUSB Orchestra and their friends and families.

Visit Flight to Harmony: The CSUSB orchestra experiences performance of a lifetime for the full story.