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Request For Proposals due May 9 for CWRU ActiveLearning+ initiative

Teaching + Learning Technology
Active Learning Fellowship: ActiveLearning+ 
Request for Proposals 
Deadline: May 9, 2016

Learning happens both in AND out of the classroom. Traditionally, faculty share information during class and students complete homework after class. Using technology, faculty may use videos and other supplementary materials to share important information outside of class and students use class time to perform tasks and activities to expand upon course content. This flipped or hybrid approach allows students and faculty to collaborate and facilitate deeper understanding.

For the past three years, the Active Learning Fellows program has worked with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) faculty to re-imagine their courses with the primary goal of making active learning and collaboration key components of the instructional practice. Review this recent article that outlines how recent Fellows incorporated Active Learning into their classes.

To date, faculty representing every school have participated in the Fellowship and completely redesigned one or more of their classes−impacting nearly 2,500 students. Today, six Active Learning Classrooms enable the active collaboration emphasized throughout the Fellowship while also providing enhanced technological capabilities for students and faculty. The Active Learning Fellowship has provided guidance on the use of the technology, but the focus of the Fellowship has always been on enhancing pedagogy.

University Technology, [U]Tech in partnership with UCITE and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, is expanding upon the goals of the original Active Learning Fellowship to advance teaching and learning at CWRU. This new program, ActiveLearning+, expands upon the concepts of collaboration and active learning. Specifically, this Request For Proposals (RFP) focuses on submissions that seek to develop, implement or include emerging technologies and instructional methods in CWRU classrooms.

Interested faculty members, teams or entire departments should explore new teaching and learning approaches that acknowledge and leverage technology in and outside the classroom. ActiveLearning+ seeks proposals that address innovation in instructional design and implementation of new technologies and techniques.

RFP Details:

  • Focus on individualized instruction that enhances the educational experience using technology
  • Adapt face-to-face instruction for the goal of reaching students anytime and anywhere
  • Encourage consideration for adaptive learning, augmented reality and blended learning to explore how they benefit the educational experience
  • ActiveLearning+ will provide recipients information on backward design and evidence-based pedagogical strategies that increase engagement of students
  • ActiveLearning+ will continue to develop and serve a learning community of faculty who provide support to each other and continually evaluate of these new initiatives
  • Proposals can be maximum five pages in length
  • Submit proposals to by May 9, 2016
  • Recipients will be announced on May 13, 2016
  • Proposals should clearly describe ideas for how the applicant(s) intend to impact learning both in and out of the classroom and how those methods may be assessed. For example, augmented reality applications may add value to your course.

Staff from across the university including UCITE, The Freedman Center and the Teaching and Learning Technologies group in ITS are available to support the recipient(s) funded as part of this initiative. In addition, past Active Learning Fellows will mentor the recipient(s) throughout the funding cycle.

We plan to fund multiple projects this year. And, while we welcome excellent proposals for any budget, we anticipate funding in the range of $2,500-$10,000 for each award. Funds from this grant may be used for materials needed or compensation for undergraduate students. We cannot, however, fund personal salaries. We encourage submissions that involve as many participants as needed without jeopardizing success.  All funding must be expended by June 30, 2017, and budgets outlining how the funds will be expended are required.

ActiveLearning+ recipient(s) are expected to participate in three day-long workshops−June 28 and 29 and August 18−to explore evidence-based pedagogical concepts. In addition, recipients will meet monthly during the 2016-17 academic year for regular updates and further discussions. Finally, the recipient(s) will join an active cohort of other educators and past Fellows for advice and support throughout this process. 

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