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Georgian Court Faculty Earn Digital Learning Grants from Course Hero

Dr. Carolyn Bergman and Dr. Vincent Chen

Dr. Carolyn Bergman and Dr. Vincent Chen have been named two of the 51 nationwide recipients of Course Hero’s Teaching Grant for Digital Learning.

Dr. Bergman, who holds a B.S. in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Immunology, has been at Georgian Court since 2004. She is currently the Interim Director of Health Sciences and Health Profession Studies at the university. Her Course Hero grant project involves creating a digital study guide on the stages of mitosis, with the grant funding a new laptop and four digital microscope cameras.

“Students used these cameras by replacing one of the eyepieces on their microscope which allowed them to view samples in a live video feed onto the attached computer,” said Bergman. “The result was a much more interactive and exciting lab experience for the students, as they discussed what they found with each other and the live video stream allowed me to quickly identify students who were unable to properly locate the sample on the microscope slide and assist as needed.”

Dr. Chen, who has served as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgian Court since 2017, holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology. He is also the Vice President of the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association.

“With support from the Course Hero Teaching Grant, we purchased three iPads and Apple pencils,” said Chen. “In this project, students worked as groups to create images explaining complex contents in Exercise Physiology while they were encouraged to consider diversity and inclusion, being that the audience for their projects would be random people on social media with different gender, educational, sociological, and racial backgrounds.”

While digital learning can be considered challenging for some, many teachers have been able to establish new methods of teaching while maintaining students’ motivation and attention.

Course Hero sought to celebrate innovative teachers keeping digital pedagogy afloat, while also make the college experience community-oriented and tangible for students. As noted by the organization, “The more we can learn to use technology for the betterment of ourselves and society, the sooner we can view digital tools as an ally and not an enemy”.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.