Education Innovation Center offers writing assistance, technology support

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Carolyn Stoermer, a writing and communications specialist at the Center for Education Innovation at the Air Force Institute of Technology, meets with future master’s student Captain Vivian Hedberg. Stoermer provides advice on all types of writing projects that students encounter during their time at AFIT. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/KATIE SCOTT

Carolyn Stoermer, a writing and communications specialist at the Center for Education Innovation at the Air Force Institute of Technology, meets with future master's student Captain Vivian Hedberg.  Stoermer provides advice on all types of writing projects that students encounter during their time at AFIT.  US AIR FORCE PHOTO/KATIE SCOTT
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Carolyn Stoermer, a writing and communications specialist at the Center for Education Innovation at the Air Force Institute of Technology, meets with future master’s student Captain Vivian Hedberg. Stoermer provides advice on all types of writing projects that students encounter during their time at AFIT. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/KATIE SCOTT

“There are so many great teachers here and being able to share ideas across schools on different ways to leverage technology to promote learning in the classroom is something that really excites me,” said Jonathan Zemmer, CIE educational technology liaison. “To innovate in an organization, you need to have great people, and I’ve been consistently impressed by the high caliber of not only the faculty we have here, but also the students,” Zemmer said.

Located in the D’Azzo Research Library, the CIE offers space for collaboration, team meetings, and individual workstations. In-person or virtual consultation and collaboration appointments are also available for students, faculty and staff.

“Traditionally, I think university writing centers focus only on students, but here we are also able to bring some of these resources to professors, both for their own research and publications, or when “They work with students on their thesis or dissertation, and then also with staff who are working on their own reporting or business writing,” said Carolyn Stoermer, CIE Writing and Communications Specialist.

The impetus for the establishment of the CIE came from activities surrounding AFIT’s reaccreditation process completed in 2021. AFIT followed the Higher Education Commission’s Open Pathway option for reaccreditation which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement through the development of a quality initiative proposal.

The goal of AFIT’s QIP was to identify ways to improve the learning experience for students and the teaching environment for all teaching staff. Faculty and staff from all AFIT schools sat on QIP committees and one of the recommendations was to develop a center for teaching and learning.

Offering guest lectures to classes helped introduce the CIE to faculty and students.

“They know they can bring their work to the writing lab and work with me,” Stoermer said. “I have connected with students, both those who have just finished writing their thesis and those who are preparing to start researching and planning that thesis. It was really interesting to see both ends.

Scott R. Banks