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Educational Innovation funding awarded for 17 projects

February 25, 2014

Seventeen projects have been selected to receive Educational Innovation funding based on their commitment to advance teaching and learning innovations at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Christopher Olsen

Christopher Olsen

Last May, 21 projects received EI funding. The overall aim of this year’s funded projects is to promote sustainability and scaling of best practices in educational innovation.

To foster this goal, applicants were encouraged to outline scaling efforts that aligned with their school or college’s strategic priorities in the area of teaching and learning.

“We are very excited about the breadth and depth of the projects this year,” says Christopher Olsen, interim vice provost for teaching and learning and EI Core Team co-lead. “From blended and online course redesign to service learning capstone courses, interprofessional and integrated learning experiences, and departmental curriculum redesign, the projects offer more flexibility and access for students and have great potential to enhance deeper learning while increasing student engagement.”

The funded projects will build on the momentum of the past two years by continuing to enhance student learning, build capacity to reach more learners, create cross campus partnerships and generate new resources.

The projects are:

  • “Art History 202: Renaissance to Modern, Blended and Online Redesign,” project lead, Professor Anna Andrzejewski, Department of Art History, College of Letters and Sciences
  • “Organic Agriculture, Agroecology, Urban and Regional Food Systems,” project lead, Assistant Professor Julie Dawson, Department of Horticulture
  • “Master of Engineering, Environmental Engineering Course Development,” project lead, Adjunct Professor Michael Doran, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • “Theory and Practice of Persuasion,” project lead, Professor Lyn Van Swol, Communication Arts
  • “Teaching Online@UW Learning Community Pilot,” project lead, Instructional Designer Karen Skibba, Division of Continuing Studies
  • “Substantive Clinical Instruction and Information System,” project lead, Professor Adam Stevenson, Frank J. Remington Center, Law School
  • “Walking in Patients’ Shoes: eLearning for Working Professionals,” project lead, Associate Director Sarah Davis, Center for Patient Partnerships, Law School
  • “Online Master of Engineering Degree Option in Data Analytics & Applied Computing,” project lead, Associate Professor and Director Dan Negrut, Wisconsin Applied Computing Center, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • “Essential Learning Outcomes for Service Learning Courses: Pilot Program in Environmental Study Capstone Courses,” project lead, Director Nancy Matthews, Morgridge Center for Public Service
  • “Mobile-enhanced Field Research Activities for Learning and Research,” project leads, Professor Cathy Middlecamp, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Instructional Designer David Gagnon, DoIT Academic Technology
  • “Reimagining an Integrated Neurological Curriculum for Health,” project lead, Assistant Professor Matthew Jensen, MD, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • “Direct Admission Learning Community,” project lead, Director Mel Freitag, Diversity Initiative, School of Nursing
  • “Interprofessional High-Fidelity Simulation of Deteriorating Patient Condition,” project lead, Clinical Professor Paula Jarzemsky, School of Nursing
  • “Interprofessional Public Health Leadership Skills,” project lead, Director Barbara Duerst, Public Health Education and Training, Population Health Science, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • “Improving Quality and Safety: Developing an Interprofessional and Interactive Case-based Patient Safety Curriculum,” project lead, Associate Professor Shobhina Chheda, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • “OneSoHE Undergraduate Initiative: A Curricular Design to Serve School and Campus,” project lead, Professor Linda Roberts, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology
  • “Statistics Curriculum Modernization for Data Science Needs,” project lead, Chair and Professor Brian Yandell, Department of Statistics















Seven courses also were awarded funding to be developed as online summer courses beginning summer 2015.

Recognizing that even small projects have the potential for great impact, EI Mini-Grants of up to $1,000 each are currently a resource for faculty, staff and students, as well. Mini-grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis through June 1.

Additional EI funding will provide two annual UW–Madison Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards of $10,000 each. Applications are being accepted now through March 3.

More information about the EI Mini-Grants and the UW–Madison Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards can be found here.

–By Caitlin O’Brien