Dr. Perry Sprawls, B.S (1956), M.S. in Physics, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering received the annual Award for Excellence in Educational Innovation from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) at the recent meeting in Philadelphia.
The award was for Dr. Sprawls' work on Collaborative Teaching: A model for Enriching the Medical Physics Learning Environment.
The concept of Collaborative Teaching, as developed and practiced by Dr. Sprawls, brings together a senior and highly experienced educator with an extensive network of educators teaching in classrooms and conferences all over the world in a collaborative effort to provide highly effective learning, especially in the field of medical imaging science and engineering and radiology.
The role of the senior educator is to translate his or her many years of professional experience into educational resources, especially high-quality visual images, which can then be used in class and conference rooms anywhere in the world.
The role of the many local educators is to use the resources and guide the learning process and adding their own knowledge and experience, especially as it applies to their local educational needs. The goal of this collaborative model is to enrich the classroom teaching with resources based on experience that is not always available locally.
Dr. Sprawls, now Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Emory University and working through the Sprawls Educational Foundation has translated much of his extensive experience in medical imaging science and engineering into educational resources that are available at no cost on the web at http://www.sprawls.org/resources. In a typical week these resources are used by several thousand educators and students in over 80 different countries.
Through this model of Collaborative Teaching a Clemson education is now going beyond the local campus classroom and enhancing the practice of medical imaging science and engineering on a global basis.