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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

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
slide4
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.
slide6
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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