Virginia Wesleyan College’s 2016 Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) faculty grants have been awarded to Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Jill Sturts and Professor of Philosophy and Director of the PORTfolio Program Larry Hultgren. Each grant provides up to $1,000 for a project that encourages and advances a culture of innovation and engaged learning. Sturts’ project, “Development and Implementation of Community Partnerships to Enhance Student Learning in Recreation and Leisure Studies,” combines service-learning and experiential learning in Recreation and Leisure Studies with long-term and short-term goals of: developing and nurturing community agency relationships; creating meaningful learning experiences for students; providing service to community agencies; and increasing the visibility of, and contributing a campus-wide impact on, Virginia Wesleyan College. The second grant will support Hultgren’s project, titled “Thumbs Up (Or Down): Engaging Students with New Clicker Technology.” The project utilizes the latest portable "clicker" technology to develop active learning enhancements for classes that traditionally do not utilize technology. It seeks to assess their impact on activities ranging from "class-keeping" tasks to assessing student preparation and learning, as well as utilizing anonymous polling to display the views of the class in a non-threatening manner when there is no "right answer." For more information, contact Associate Dean of Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning Kathy Stolley at 757.233.8768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.