The Faculty Innovation Center and Project 2021 award modest grants to UT Austin faculty to develop or scale promising innovations in undergraduate education. Awards are issued annually in the spring. Any project with substantial potential to enhance teaching and learning at the University is eligible.
Our 2018 Request for Proposals is currently open; applications are due February 16 and must be submitted via web form.
Focus for 2018: Experiential Learning
Experiential learning offers students assignments and activities based on real-life situations or primary research that engage them in reflective, data-driven problem-solving with no predetermined right answers. It involves experiencing direct, firsthand encounters with real world phenomena, whether through hands-on research (in or outside of class), internships, service learning, or other experiences.
Proposals are evaluated by a review committee on the following factors.
- Strong Rationale for Project
A rationale describes the impact of experiential learning on student learning and is grounded in relevant research. High-scoring proposals make a clear case for the value of the work.
- Quality of Design
Proposals should identify goals, describe a plan that will meet them, and include measurements of success. High-scoring proposals tailor the scope to address stated goals, explain and justify specific activities, and tie budget to those activities.
- Impact on Student Learning
These grants are intended to increase the availability of experiential learning opportunities that are integrated into students’ degree programs. High-scoring proposals will provide evidence of broad reach or genuine innovation in designing or implementing experiential learning opportunities. Winning proposers will collaborate with the FIC on a plan to evaluate success of the project.
We were pleased to award grants to these nine promising projects in 2017, focused on experiential learning or online/hybrid education:
- Valerie Danesh (Nursing) RoboAPRN: Telepresence Robots in Healthcare Education
- Juliana Felkner (Architecture) Form and Energy: Bridging Engineering and Architectural Education through a collaborative project utilizing interactive architectural models, sensors, control systems and real-time data
- Jennifer Fritz (Natural Sciences) Active Learning Approach to Academic Support in Introductory Biology: A Pilot for Differentiating Instruction and Improving Student Outcomes in Bio 311C
- Brian Korgel (Engineering) Virtual Reality and 3D Printing for Materials Education
- Amir Shamoradi (Engineering) Enhancing Collaboration and Communication Skills of Undergraduate Students in Computational Engineering
- Emily Sparvero, Education, Expanding the playbook: Introducing gamification elements into the Sport Management internship course
- Keri Stephens (Communication) The Friday Experience: A Hybrid-Learning Extension
- Ori Swed (Liberal Arts) Pilot for an Internship course in the Health & Society program
- Bill Wolesensky (Natural Sciences) Incorporation of Experiential Learning Mini-Projects into Math 408N/S courses