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Linder to Receive MCCA Aytes Faculty Innovation Award

November 04, 2014

Tim Linder  
Tim Linder

Tim Linder, associate professor on graphic communications at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, will receive the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award from the Missouri Community College Association at its annual convention Nov. 5-7 in Branson, Mo.


The award is presented annually in recognition of an innovative project for the classroom or professional development program by a faculty member or group of faculty members. Only one award is presented statewide.


Linder is being honored for innovative work to improve the interactive design program at Meramec. His innovations include interdisciplinary work with fellow faculty member, Cindy Epperson, in which they established a project between their two classes to create a virtual refugee camp. Epperson’s class on universal human rights established the guidelines for the camp, and Linder’s interactive design students’ work together to create a virtual reality camp environment. The virtual camp then can be used by anyone as an educational tool to learn more about human rights issues. This project was highlighted by the International Red Cross. Linder has presented at the League for Innovation on its success.


Linder also has introduced into his class the use of Google Glass, a small wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. The device enables users to make calls, send messages, browse the internet, take photographs and video, and even get directions via voice commands. The plan is to use Google Glass in a variety of ways in several disciplines, and integrate art with this new technology. Linder already has worked with students to create a dynamic web application to make it easy for art gallery coordinators to upload multimedia. The multimedia can then be accessed by the glass in the gallery while looking at a piece of art with Google Glass. The multimedia includes interviews with faculty and students about the creation of their projects, links to other similar works, first-person perspective video recorded with Google Glass of art as it is being created along with other content.


Linder has been on the cutting edge of using mobile devices in his interactive design course. He has created a module for students to learn the effective creation of apps on tablets and phones.


The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.