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Online internal grant process an effective means to infuse and sustain general education goals

Online Internal Grant Process: An Effective Means to Infuse and Sustain General Education Goals

University of Delaware

Martha Carothers

Catherine Davies

Gabriele Bauer


Session goals

Session goals

  • Situate online internal grant process within General Education context.

  • Outline criteria, features, and development support for grant process.

  • Share example of successful interdisciplinary project.

  • Discuss implications for your own institutional contexts.

  • Highlight benefits and challenges.


Overview of general education initiative gei

Overview of General Education Initiative (GEI)

  • 1996: Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on GEI

  • 1998: Ad Hoc Committee report

  • Fall 2000: 3-year pilot to implement and assess part of GEI (First-year experience-LIFE, Pathways courses, Capstone experience, Discovery Learning experience)

  • 2000: Internal grants

  • 2001: General Education Institutes

  • Fall 2003: Report of pilot to Faculty Senate

  • Spring 2004: Faculty Senate Resolution regarding GEI


Online internal grant process an effective means to infuse and sustain general education goals

GENERAL EDUCATION OVERARCHING GOALS

To consider general education as a total coherent experience and to organize the University of Delaware's academic resources to optimize the learning environment

Translation

Implement and sustain viainstructional grants


Grants institutional context

Grants: Institutional context

  • Infuse general education goals into dept. curricula.

  • Ensure general education goals’ sustainability.

  • Enable faculty ownership of general education curriculum.

  • Offer faculty incentives to participate and remain involved.

  • Provide formal recognition in reward structure.


Online internal grant process an effective means to infuse and sustain general education goals

Faculty

students

MATH

Collaborative Learning

FOSC

Oral and Written Communication

Collaborative Learning Between Food Chemistry & Mathematics


Grant focus 2004 05 example

Grant Focus (2004-05 example)

  • Address targeted general education goals:

    e.g., oral and written communication

    quantitative reasoning

    service learning

  • Substantial transformation or enrichment of existing courses.

  • Development of new courses embedded in curriculum.

  • Encouragement of interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary work and faculty collaboration.

  • Innovative, student-learning focused pedagogy and assessment.


Features of grant process

Features of Grant Process

  • Call for proposals (up to $20,000 per project)

  • Faculty grant preparation sessions

  • Pre-proposal stage

  • Review process

  • Invitation to final proposal

  • Final proposal submission

  • Grant awards (July 1 – June 30)

  • Project implementation and follow-up (mid-year and final report)


Timeline

Early December 03

Mid-December

End of January 04

Mid-March

Mid-April

Early July

End of January 05

End of July

Call for proposals

Grant preparation session

Pre-proposals due

Final proposals due

Awards announced

Funds available

Mid-term reports due

Final reports due

Timeline


Grant project areas proposal

Grant Project Areas (Proposal)

  • Project description

    -- impact on student learning

    -- complement current methods: active learning, PBL, technology

    -- impact on department, college, university goals

    -- utilization of existing resources

  • Implementation

    -- timeline, stumbling blocks, sustainability

  • Assessment

    -- student learning and project effectiveness

  • Funds requested

    -- total amount, department, college contributions

  • Support of department chair and Dean


Faculty support

Faculty support

  • General Education Institute.

  • Grant preparation session.

  • Feedback on pre-proposal.

  • Consultation with content experts:

    -- oral and written communication

    -- quantitative reasoning

    -- service learning

  • Consultation with instructional technology, instructional design, assessment, media, information resource experts.

  • Access to funded proposals and PIs.

  • Access to online resources.


Core evaluation criteria 1 5 1 excellent comments

Core evaluation criteria(1-5; 1 = excellent; comments)

  • Advancement of general education goals

  • Impact on student learning via active engagement

  • Sustainability

  • Evaluation of student learning / project effectiveness

  • Budget request with justification

  • Incorporation of feedback from pre-proposal


Summary of grants 2004 05

Summary of grants 2004-05

  • 27 applications

    -- 16 oral and written communication

    -- 3 quantitative reasoning

    -- 8 service learning

  • 16 invited to submit final proposal

  • 10 grants awarded

    -- 4 oral and written communication

    -- 2 quantitative reasoning

    -- 4 service learning

  • 23 faculty, 8 departments, 870 students impacted (approx.)

  • 14 courses, 1 practicum, 1 program involved


Successes

Successes

  • Faculty projects advance general education goals.

  • Faculty retain ownership of department curriculum because gen ed goals are embedded in curriculum.

  • Promotes collaboration.

  • Coordination of internal grant opportunities.

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of online process.

  • Consultation and development support.

    -- preparation

    -- proposals

    -- implementation

  • Faculty project showcase - General Education Institute.


Challenges

Challenges

  • Application stage

    -- budget template

    -- assessment

    -- focus faculty on one gen ed goal

  • Support faculty effectively in implementation.

  • Tracking grant activity and impact once funds expended – sustainability.

  • Assessing long-term impact.


Online resources

Online resources

  • Instructional grant site: www.udel.edu/present/grant/2004/

  • General Education Initiative: www.ugs.udel.edu/gened/

  • General Education Institute 2003: www.ugs.udel.edu/gened/gei2003/

  • IT-User Services: www.udel.edu/present

  • Center for Teaching Effectiveness: http://cte.udel.edu

  • Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education – PBL focus: www.udel.edu/inst

  • University of Delaware Library: www.lib.udel.edu

  • Oral and Written Communication: www.udel.edu/it-us/woctf/

  • Quantitative Reasoning: www.ugs.udel.edu/gened/gei2003/QR_pres.ppt

  • Office of Service Learning: www.servicelearning.udel.edu/


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