The Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment announced the availability of a limited number of summer grants for Western faculty who wish to use online tools such as web-based tutorials, simulations, and other strategic uses of the web to enhance their existing courses. Six awards of $4,000 are available for work to be done during Summer Quarter, 2014.
A recent U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis found that courses which blend online tutorials and support with traditional face-to-face instruction yield higher student achievement than stand alone face-to-face courses.
This program will acquaint faculty with models, open-source resources and ideas for web-based course enhancements and provide assistance and support for making the enhancements. Faculty must be available to attend a 5-day on-campus workshop in mid-June, and will then work independently to implement their improvements, supported by CIIA and ATUS staff.
Especially encouraged are enhancements to gateway courses that might be made available department-wide. Departmental teams may apply to create such enhancements. For instance, faculty teams might create online tutorials for concepts or skills for content students typically struggle with in a gateway course, making the tutorial available to all instructors.
Priority will be given to proposals that focus on large (75 students or more) courses and/or gateway courses with high failure rates or difficult material.
Application deadline is March 14, 2014.
In order to participate in this faculty development opportunity, faculty must be available to attend all five days of on-campus faculty development sessions during the week of June 16-20, 2014 and must have access to the internet in order to complete the rest of the course development activities during the summer of 2014.
Applications will be reviewed by the CIIA Faculty Advisory Board and awardees will be notified via email by the end of April.
The application requires responses to several prompts, an attached syllabus, and signature by the applicant’s department chair. To facilitate this process electronically, the application will be available as an e-sign form. This form will be available by December 2013.
Justina Brown, CIIA
Haggard Hall 154G