Transforming the Classroom of the Future among 12 of LSU’s Newest Ideas and Technologies

BATON ROUGE – While the data revolution is transforming every industry sector, the university classroom is also undergoing a transformation. In order to meet current and future industry demands, university professors, especially in business, technology, data and analytics, are evolving their teaching methods to develop and train the students who will be the workforce of the future.

“No longer can professors stand behind a podium and simply deliver a lecture while students take notes and absorb the material. Instead, the classroom of the future will need to be interactive and experiential,” said Andrew Schwarz, LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems professor, who is an expert in how companies and individuals use information technology.

While transforming his own classroom, Schwarz has formed a partnership with a company called Wisdom Springboard that specializes in “gamification,” or the process of turning complex concepts into fun and engaging games, which is a proven method to improve learning outcomes. Schwarz has witnessed this first-hand with his students while implementing an interactive game to teach about cybersecurity.

“In using the cybersecurity interactive game, I found that my students were more engaged in the material and that they experienced a deeper understanding of the complexity of implementing a cybersecurity program within an organization. I am expecting to see the same results in the area of analytics,” he said.

Schwarz’s project is one of the 12 new ideas the LSU Board of Supervisors has selected to support through its Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer, or LIFT2, grants. In this 10th round of funding, the board funded a total of $497,545 to provide a bridge over the critical gap between basic research and commercialization for university faculty.

“Initiatives, such as LIFT2, show that LSU’s impact is broad and deep and that we really are changing the world,” Schwarz said.

Since 2014, 132 research projects have received funding. More than $5 million in support has been awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors through this competitive grant to researchers across all of LSU’s campuses.

“LSU’s commitment to university innovation through sustained programs, like funding the LIFT2 grants, has shown a direct return on investment. Since the inception of this program, LSU’s Baton Rouge campus has more than doubled its number of invention or new technology disclosures from 31 in 2014. This year, LSU reached an all-time high of 75 such disclosures by LSU faculty. We expect the numbers to keep growing,” said Andrew Maas, LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization director.

The LSU LIFT2 fund helps academic researchers advance their technologies and innovations from the lab to the marketplace by awarding grants to faculty on a highly competitive basis, in amounts up to $50,000, to develop market-facing prototypes and to validate the market potential of their inventions.

Innovations include creative and artistic works as well as devices, drugs, software and other more traditional inventions; thus, personnel from all disciplines on all LSU campuses are strongly encouraged to consider an application to further develop an invention, which has been previously disclosed to their campus technology transfer office.

The 2019 LIFT2 fund supports the following 12 new ideas and technologies:
  • Commercializing Smart-Phone Technologies for Psychiatric Disorders by Alex Cohen, LSU Department of Psychology
  • Making Learning Fun: Developing an Interactive Big Data Analytics Game for Undergraduate Education by Andrew Schwarz, LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
  • 3D Plate Insert for Dynamic Co-culture by Adam Melvin, LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and Elizabeth Martin, LSU Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Rolled Scaffold Bioreactor for Large-scale Cell Culture by Kidong Park, LSU Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Large Format Focusing Color Schliering Imaging by Ingmar Schoegl, LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
  • Optimizing DNA Vaccine Delivery Using Quail as a Model for Poultry by Richard Cooper, LSU AgCenter’s School of Animal Sciences
  • Optical Biopsy of Vocal Fold Lesions: Sheath-based Delivery System During Laryngoscopy by Michael Dunham, LSU Health New Orleans
  • Biologic Enteric Stent for the Prevention of Anastomotic Leaks by Ian Hodgdon, LSU Health New Orleans
  • HoldTen Suture anchor Manufacturing and Clinical Development by Gerhard Mundinger, LSU Health New Orleans
  • Development of Novel Screening Method for Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gut by Eugene Woltering, LSU Health New Orleans
  • Targeting AR-V7 by a Small Peptide for Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer by Guanyi Zhang, LSU Health New Orleans
  • Bio-prosthetic Esophagus - Biodegradable, Stem Cell-infused Esophageal Stents by Hrishikesh Samant, LSU Health Shreveport


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