We received 24 applications for the 2012 Departmental Impact Grant (http://go.osu.edu/IG), an opportunity providing up to $15,000 and 200 hours of LT expertise time to a department looking to make a change with their teaching and learning using technology.
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 2012 Impact Grant grant are:
Spanish and Portuguese (Jan Macian, project lead). This project intends to enhance Spanish 104, which is the fourth and last course in the required GE sequence. The grant project will specifically focus on the Individualized Instruction (II) option, which will include synchronous and asynchronous communication, online testing, and online workbooks in an effort to retain students in the II program.
Animal Sciences (Jeanne Osborne, project lead). This project focuses on Animal Sciences 2367, which serves as both a Social Science GEC (currently as ANIM SCI 240) and will serve as a 2nd writing course GEC. With anticipated enrollment increases, as well as enrollment by students in the discipline from locations other than the Columbus campus, the grant will focus on either developing a dual track face-to-face or hybrid course option, or use the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model. The project will include mediated individual and group writing and presentation activities and synchronous and asynchronous interactions to facilitate student engagement.
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 for reports about our 2011 recipients, Anatomy-Histology and Statistics. Also, read up on the results of the 2010 Impact Grants from 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 27, 2012, (http://go.osu.edu/PD), write to email@example.com.
Finally, as we move into 2012, the grants team is developing new grant opportunities to engage faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. If you have suggestions or ideas, please submit a comment below or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.