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Summer Course (Re)Design Award

Summer Course (Re) Design Award
(Formerly Known as STEP Track 2)

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) are pleased to announce a joint program to assist faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses), that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

Whether through digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning (e.g. flipping), pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods and technologies, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning. They can also result in a comprehensive change in the way the course is taught, and/or how students are given feedback or assessed (for example, using e-Portfolios for learning assessment throughout a course).

This program will fund the development of up to four (4) courses over the next academic year. The grant will provide faculty with a $3,500 summer stipend for 9 month faculty, or $1,500 in professional development funds for 12 month faculty. Up to $500 can be requested for other necessary and justifiable expenses.

Sponsorship and Funding

Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative

Eligibility

Proposals from faculty in all schools and disciplines are welcome. In selecting proposals from the College, priority will be given to those that address divisional courses.

  • Develop ideas with significant potential to enhance student learning and engagement with the discipline.
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration among Wake faculty
  • Make creative use of technologies and digital tools, such as hybrid learning modules and multimedia projects.

The grants awarded under this program fund work undertaken in the summer and following academic year by faculty of the College, School of Business, School of Divinity and the School of Law,  directed toward designing, developing and launching a new or redesigned face to face course. The course design is accomplished with the assistance of the TLC staff, and applications are reviewed by the executive director of the TLC, the director of educational development, and the Chair of the TLC University Committee.

In accepting the grant, grantees agree to:

  • Collaborate with the staff in the TLC to create a plan of work and identify the appropriate technical experts. Planning meetings are required for all recipients and should be scheduled with the TLC upon notification of the award. The Teaching and Learning Collaborative provides the appropriate instructional design support.  
  • Attend meetings with other grant recipients to share findings and explore pedagogical and scholarly challenges. A schedule of meetings will be arranged among participants in the summer and fall.
  • Implement their enhancement in a course to be taught during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Report back (in any format, including written, video, or creative technology-enhanced format) on change in student learning due to the course design and/or technology use. The report should be sent to Catherine Ross in the TLC by January 2017/ May 2018 [the end of the semester in which it is taught].  The report should address the questions:
    -How does the design change impact teaching and the learning?
    -What are the methods of assessment?
    -Where there any challenges in designing and/or teaching this course?
    -Will you continue this course? If not, why? If so, what changes will you make?
  • Present at TechXploration (if there is a substantial technology component) and/or a TLC teaching and learning event during the following academic year. Grant recipients are also encouraged to share lessons learned with other faculty by mentoring, offering training classes, or writing educational materials for use by others.

Successful award proposals for Teaching and Learning grants will

  • Identify and describe the class you wish to redesign. Tell us why you want to change and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Offer preliminary student learning objectives for the course.
  • Link any preliminary technology choices (or questions about technology choices) to the learning objectives.
  • Describe a plan to measure the effect of the course design/technology usage with assignments/ assessments of learning.

Applications due by Monday, February 20. Awards will be announced by Friday, March 3rd.

View the Summer Course (Re)Design Award application here