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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. Situate online internal grant process within General Education context.

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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

  • 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)

  • 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


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

  • 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.


Faculty

students

MATH

Collaborative Learning

FOSC

Oral and Written Communication

Collaborative Learning Between Food Chemistry & Mathematics


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

  • 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)


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)

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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