We received 22 applications for the 2011 Departmental Impact Grant (http://lt.osu.edu/departmental-impact-grant/), an opportunity providing up to $15,000 and up to 200 hours of LT expertise time to a department looking to make a change with their technology use toward teaching and learning.
A recommendation committee, including 2 OSU faculty, 2 OSU staff, and 2 OSU students, as well as LT staff, then selected the top 2 candidates.
The recipients of the 2011 Impact Grant grant are:
Statistics: Jackie Miller and Kythrie Silva are project leads. The statistics department is addressing a problem for Statistics 145 that will occur in the transition to semesters…a 20% decline in time for recitation. Goals for the project include a process for simulcasting and capturing lecture, as well as promoting real-time “backchannel” participation for those attending at a distance and in class. Additionally, they are constructing an online lecture review/assessment experience. Project assessment plans include investigating how learning styles are impacted by online and face-to-face experiences, student satisfaction, content knowledge, and whether a HyFlex model is a possible future direction for Stats 145 or other departmental courses. Finally, they are using Quality Matters as a guide in all relevant aspects of their course adjustment.
Anatomy (Histology): Lisa Lee is project lead. The Division of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Informatics is developing a comprehensive and customizable digital histology course for undergraduate (Vertebrate Histology 630), graduate (Anatomy 700), and other professional programs that includes lectures, lab modules, videos, graphics, and assessment. Histology is a concept many students are required to know, especially students taking courses in the medical, dental, and veterinary disciplines. The course content will feature three main digital components for a complete online histology course experience, with the added benefit of the components being customizable for individual students or instructors and based on students’ interest and educational levels. These course components will be piloted with colleagues in related disciplines at Ohio State, as well, during Autumn 2011. Project assessment plans include investigating student satisfaction and content comprehension.
Additionally, an announcement of Anatomy Division receiving the Impact Grant can be found on their web site: http://biomed.osu.edu/ame/article.cfm?id=6240
I hope you agree these projects demonstrate a strong potential impact not only within each department and course, but describe potential effects that could help enhance subsequent courses in a series, as well as other departments.
Project work, in the form of constructing project plans, has already begun and will continue for the next couple weeks to months before the actual course construction begins in earnest. As in any project, details are in flux as we collaborate, but the overall goal of enhancing the student learning experience remains steadfast.
Project progress summaries and experiences will be posted online throughout the year.
Also, visit the Impact Grant archive page in the coming weeks (http://lt.osu.edu/impact-grant-archive/) for reports about our 2010 recipients, Math and Chemistry.
If you have questions about the grants program or want to learn more about other funding opportunities, such as the elearning professional development grant due February 6, 2011, (http://lt.osu.edu/elearning-professional-development-grant/), write to firstname.lastname@example.org.