When the global pandemic forced colleges and universities throughout the country to send their students home and switch to entirely online instruction, many professors at UT made the decision to embrace the remote learning transition. Creativity and flexibility became the hallmark of classes in all 11 colleges across campus.
Art History Professor Develops Storytelling Project Inspired by African American Artists
Mary Campbell, associate professor of art history, had to adapt the final project for her African American art history course when the Knoxville Museum of Art closed due to COVID-19. Students were to write a paper on Beauford Delaney’s Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), part of KMA’s spring exhibit, Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door. Instead, she shifted the final paper to a storytelling project for the students to share information and work from the artists they learned about over the semester. Projects, which varied from poems to podcasts and short-stories to novels, told about more than just the artists but the events and movements that coincided as well.
UT Becomes First College in the Country to Offer Robotics Certification
In spring 2020, Marshall Prado, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, led a new robotics course to prepare students to gain KUKA Robotics certification, making the College of Architecture and Design the first in the country to offer the curriculum to students outside of a KUKA facility as preparation for certification. Students developed a fundamental understanding of computational design techniques for digital and robotic fabrication and became ready to earn the world-renowned certification in robotics. According to KUKA, a world leader of intelligent automation solutions with facilities across the globe, the spring course could result in a program offered to universities across the world.