Funded Projects

As of fall 2013, three rounds of funding have been awarded, and a fourth request for proposals is under way.

Projects funded in round 3

Round 3 Funded Projects (Piloted in Fall 2013)
Course NumberCourse TitleLead Course Designer(s)
ECO 201Introduction to Business StatisticsRichard Szal

 

Timetable for Round 3 Projects
DateEventDetails
February 21-22, 2013Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology (SILT): Blended Learning at NAU

1899 Ballroom in the North Union on the Flagstaff Campus

Conference Session Schedule

Round 3 of request for proposals announced

Friday, March 1 - Friday, April 5, 2013Workshop on blended learning and proposal writingA blended course for faculty that
  • gives faculty experience as a student in a blended instruction environment
  • models good practices in blended learning
  • provides examples of blended learning designs from various disciplines
  • steps faculty through the thinking and activities necessary for them to write a solid proposal and create at least one module of their redesigned blended-learning course in Blackboard Learn

Faculty receive a stipend of $1200 (a portion of the $6000 overall stipend) after they

  • participate in the in-person and synchronous online meetings (with accommodations for schedule conflicts).
  • submit a finished blended-learning course redesign proposal, which is due at 5 p.m. on April 12, 2013, after the workshop ends.
April 12, 2013, 5 p.m.Final proposals dueAll proposals must be submitted online via the submission form. Printed proposals and emailed attachments will not be accepted.
April 12-19, 2013Review committee evaluates proposalsCommittee members will contact faculty and chairs for clarification of proposal details or additional information as needed.
April 22-24, 2013Review committee notifies faculty and chairs about proposal decisionsFaculty whose proposals are accepted will be assigned a support team from the e-Learning Center, including an instructional designer, an instructional technologist, and a media designer who will help faculty evaluate, develop, and implement media resources, library resources, online resources, and collaboration/communication technology to transform the course design.

Departments whose proposals are accepted will be notified about the amount of the departmental stipend.

Summer 2013Faculty build out pilot versions of blended courses in Blackboard LearnFaculty receive ongoing support as needed from the e-Learning Center's staff
Fall 2013Faculty teach pilots of the blended coursesWhile teaching the pilot courses, faculty keep notes on what works and what doesn't work in the blended courses and then use that information to submit a report on planned refinements to the course.

Course design & materials also undergo a quality review facilitated by the department chair, with feedback and suggestions given to the faculty on possible refinements that could improve the next iteration of the blended course.

Faculty also submit to the department chair a draft of an instructor's guide that makes explicit the decisions made about the course design along with helpful hints and tips for other instructors who will teach the course.

Faculty receive a $2400 stipend after they

  • teach the pilot section of the blended course
  • complete a course quality review
  • submit a brief report on further course design refinements needed
  • submit a draft of a brief instructor's guide
Prior to next offering of the course (depending on class schedule)Faculty refine course designs based on outcomes of the pilot.Faculty use their reports on the pilot courses and results of the quality reviews to revise their course designs, finalize their instructor's guides, and update their course shells in Blackboard Learn.

Faculty course designers include their revised instructor's guides in the master course shells to assist additional instructors of the course.

Spring 2014 or Fall 2014 (depending on class schedule)Multiple faculty teach multiple sections of the refined blended courses.Faculty assess student learning within and across sections.

Faculty also present at one of the following events:

Faculty course designers receive their final $2400 stipends after they

  • teach the refined blended course
  • embed a revised instructor's guide in the course master shell in Blackboard Learn
  • complete their presentations at one of the events listed above
FutureOngoing course refinementFaculty who teach the same blended course continue to share information and suggestions on how the course design and the master course shell in Blackboard Learn could be improved.

 

Projects funded in round 2

Round 2 Funded Projects (Piloted in Spring 2013)
Course NumberCourse TitleLead Course Designer(s)
BIO 201LHuman Anatomy/Physiology I LabRobert Kellar, Aaron Tabor
CENE 253LMechanics of Materials LabRobin Tuchscherer
CHM 151General Chemistry IBrandon Cruickshank, Jennifer Duis
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Information SystemsBeverly Amer
ECO 280

Introduction to Economics

Richard Szal
POS 120World PoliticsLori Poloni-Staudinger, Gretchen Gee, Paul Lenze

 

Timetable for Round 2 Projects
DateEventDetails
August 20, 2012Academic Leadership Day: Strategic Use of Technology for Learning at NAU

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at High Country Conference Center

Agenda

Attendance is expected of Vice Provosts, Associate Vice Provosts, Deans, Associate Deans, Academic Chairs Council, Faculty Senate, Advisory Committee On Learning Technology (formerly the Provost's Academic Computing Advisory Council)

Request for proposals announced

September 14–October 19, 2012Workshop on blended learning and proposal writingA 5-week blended course for faculty that
  • gives faculty experience as a student in a blended instruction environment
  • models good practices in blended learning
  • provides examples of blended learning designs from various disciplines
  • steps faculty through the thinking and activities necessary for them to write a solid proposal and create at least one module of their redesigned blended-learning course in Blackboard Learn

Faculty receive a stipend of $1200 (a portion of the $6000 overall stipend) after they

  • participate in the in-person and synchronous online meetings (with accommodations for schedule conflicts).
  • submit a finished blended-learning course redesign proposal, which is due at 5 p.m. on November 2, 2012, two weeks after the workshop ends.
November 2, 2012, 5 p.m.Final proposals dueAll proposals must be submitted online via the submission form. Printed proposals and emailed attachments will not be accepted.
November 5–December 6, 2012Review committee evaluates proposalsCommittee members will contact faculty and chairs for clarification of proposal details or additional information as needed.
December 7, 2012Review committee notifies faculty and chairs about proposal decisionsFaculty whose proposals are accepted will be assigned a support team from the e-Learning Center, including an instructional designer, an instructional technologist, and a media designer who will help faculty evaluate, develop, and implement media resources, library resources, online resources, and collaboration/communication technology to transform the course design.

Departments whose proposals are accepted will be notified about the amount of the departmental stipend.

January, 2013(Optional but beneficial)
Join a Faculty Learning Community on Blended Learning
Participate in a cohort of faculty who are designing and teaching blended courses. Meet in person or online approximately every three weeks to share ideas, discuss problems and solutions, and gain inspiration from the work of others.
Late Fall 2012, Winter 2012Faculty build out pilot versions of blended courses in Blackboard LearnFaculty receive ongoing support as needed from the e-Learning Center's staff
Spring 2013Faculty teach pilots of the blended coursesWhile teaching the pilot courses, faculty keep notes on what works and what doesn't work in the blended courses and then use that information to submit a report on planned refinements to the course.

Course design & materials also undergo a quality review facilitated by the department chair, with feedback and suggestions given to the faculty on possible refinements that could improve the next iteration of the blended course.

Faculty also submit to the department chair a draft of an instructor's guide that makes explicit the decisions made about the course design along with helpful hints and tips for other instructors who will teach the course.

Faculty receive a $2400 stipend after they

  • teach the pilot section of the blended course
  • complete a course quality review
  • submit a brief report on further course design refinements needed
  • submit a draft of a brief instructor's guide
Prior to next offering of the course (depending on class schedule)Faculty refine course designs based on outcomes of the pilot.Faculty use their reports on the pilot courses and results of the quality reviews to revise their course designs, finalize their instructor's guides, and update their course shells in Blackboard Learn.

Faculty course designers include their revised instructor's guides in the master course shells to assist additional instructors of the course.

Summer 2013, Fall 2013 (depending on class schedule)Multiple faculty teach multiple sections of the refined blended courses.Faculty assess student learning within and across sections.

Faculty also present at one of the following events:

Faculty course designers receive their final $2400 stipends after they

  • teach the refined blended course
  • embed a revised instructor's guide in the course master shell in Blackboard Learn
  • complete their presentations at one of the events listed above
FutureOngoing course refinementFaculty who teach the same blended course continue to share information and suggestions on how the course design and the master course shell in Blackboard Learn could be improved.

Projects funded in round 1

Round 1 Funded Projects (Piloted in Fall 2012)
Course NumberCourse TitleLead Course Designer(s)
CINE 101Introduction to Cinema and Visual CultureAstrid Klocke, Judith Costello (see video)
EE 188Electrical Engineering IElizabeth Brauer
HS 200Healthy LifestylesEllen Larson (see video)