The inaugural Teaching Innovation and Development Award competition recently concluded and eight of the proposals were funded.

Applications were from the College of Arts & Sciences, four were from the School of Medicine, and one was from the School of Public Health. Eight (62%) of the thirteen applications received were funded (Arts & Sciences-4, Medicine-4, Public Health-1) for a total of $33,535.

Proposals were to show a connection to the new QEP theme “Learning in a Team Environment.” The following are a few examples.
  • Will Brooks (Medicine) is experienced in the Team-Based Learning method and he proposed mixing that established method with inter-professional education (IPE) to maximize student exposure to inter-professional collaboration early in their professional training.
  • Krista Chambless (Foreign Languages) proposed to study what team-oriented, web-based activities would enhance Spanish and French language acquisition and produce the most interaction among students.
  • Dale Dickinson (Public Health) proposed a significant change to current curriculum by converting to a holistic content presentation using problem-based learning with small groups that are focused on linking learning to real conditions. We reserved the option to fund one non-team learning proposal if it showed good merit.
  • Jason Linville (Forensic Science) was selected for the non-team learning category for his proposal to use an interactive web-based application related to learning about fingerprint analysis and how it affects class attendance and learning outcomes (involves collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Teaching and Learning).