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Prof. Ho’s music and sound perception project selected for Provost grant funding

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New grants target innovative teaching strategies
by News@Northeastern

Seven fac­ulty research projects have been selected for grant funding through a new ini­tia­tive that pro­motes inno­v­a­tive teaching approaches in the class­room and advances under­grad­uate learning at Northeastern.

The com­pet­i­tive grant pro­gram, spon­sored by the Office of the Provost, is designed to pro­mote explo­ration and inno­va­tion in teaching and learning by sup­porting evidence-​​based activ­i­ties that result in deeper learning. The pro­gram launched this year and will be offered annu­ally going forward.

The goal is to enhance stu­dent learning,” said Susan Ambrose, senior vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­en­tial learning at North­eastern. “We are con­tin­u­ally looking to improve the quality of edu­ca­tion we pro­vide our stu­dents. We have cre­ative and inno­v­a­tive fac­ulty, and we wanted to pro­vide these grants to allow them to do things that haven’t been done before.”

The seven research projects selected were sub­mitted by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of faculty.

[…] Another project—led by Hubert Ho, lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Music, and Michael Epstein, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Speech Lan­guage Pathology and Audi­ology—involves devel­oping a new course for stu­dents across a range of aca­d­emic pro­grams who are inter­ested in music and sound per­cep­tion. The course would fea­ture a variety of inter­ac­tive learning tools and would be tai­lored to fit the indi­vidual stu­dents’ needs, so they could focus on sec­tions they’re unfa­miliar with and skip over those they’ve pre­vi­ously cov­ered in other courses. At the end, all stu­dents would have a basic under­standing of the topics, which range from music theory and sound physics to music and hearing research. The course would pro­mote inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tion and could serve as a model for future courses on other topics.

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