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Andy Healy, professor of economics, was acknowledged by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) for his work with technology.

Healy was awarded this honor for his project that explores the effectiveness of personal response systems (“clickers”) in his statistics classes. Healy wants to determine if clickers particularly benefit certain groups of students. Additionally, Healy is testing to see if clicker usage may increase students’ appreciation for the value of statistics beyond the classroom.

“Healy’s work goes beyond improving student learning as it looks at technology and the possible use of statistics outside of the classroom, using it for the greater good and the service of social justice,” said Jackie Dewar, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and professor of mathematics.

Healy’s proposal, “Do Personal Response Systems Increase Student Learning?” was chosen after a competitive review from colleagues from different institutions. Typically, only 25 proposals are selected each summer. His proposal was chosen for presentation and mentoring at the 2008 CASTL Institute, held from June 4-7 at Creighton University.

With this recognition, Healy is added to the group of ten LMU faculty recognized for their scholarship of teaching and learning by one of the Carnegie programs. “It is exciting that LMU continues to expand its capacity for this type of scholarship and receives national recognition as well,” said Dewar.

LMU has also been named as the coordinating institution for the CASTL Affiliates Program, which is an ongoing initiative to encourage and support institutions in the early stages of their commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning