Winthrop University: Design Faculty Member Wins Course Hero Grant
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Design Faculty Member Wins Course Hero Grant

August 05, 2022

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The grant will allow her students to download Toon Boom Studio, an animation software used to produce movies, games, explainer videos and more, so they can have a look at the interface. 
  • The Teaching Grant for Digital Learning funds projects that spotlight digital pedagogy in “ways that still humanize the learning experience in a very tangible, community-oriented way.”

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University faculty member Elizabeth Dulemba is one of only 51 educators nationwide, and the only one in South Carolina, selected for Course Hero’s inaugural Teaching Grant for Digital Learning. 

Dulemba, associate professor of design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, applied for the $2,000 grant after seeing an ad in “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” The grant will allow her students to download Toon Boom Studio, an animation software used to produce movies, games, explainer videos and more, so they can have a look at the interface. 

“We’ll also be working with Adobe Animate, which students already have access to,” she explained, “and I’m also hoping to introduce some virtual reality. My main objective is to help prepare my illustration students for the booming job market via gaming, animation and media. I also might create a camera interface for online teaching methods and recording lectures for students to return to, inspired by a camera set up we’re using at Hollins this summer,” added Dulemba, who also teaches in the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating program at Hollins University in the summers.

Course Hero, an online learning platform, decided to offer the grant due to the rise in digital pedagogy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Teaching Grant for Digital Learning funds projects that spotlight digital pedagogy in “ways that still humanize the learning experience in a very tangible, community-oriented way.”

About Elizabeth Dulemba

Dulemba is an award-winning illustrator, author, teacher and speaker. One of her most recent illustration projects is “On Eagle Cove,” a collaboration with New York Times best-seller and prolific author Jane Yolen. Dulemba’s 2019 novel, “A Bird on Water Street,” which she wrote and illustrated, earned her the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Prior to her education career, she was the corporate art director and in-house illustrator for packing, apparel, animation and communications firms, and served as illustrator coordinator for the southern region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also has served as a board member for the Georgia Center for the Book.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Georgia, an M.F.A. from the University of Edinburgh – Scotland and a doctorate in children’s literature from the University of Glasgow.

For more information, please contact Nicole Chisari, social media manager, at chisarin@winthrop.edu or 803/323-2236.

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