Announcing the latest grants from the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

We are proud to announce the projects awarded grants in the fall 2014 round of the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation competition.

This round of funding features the introduction of the Adaptation Awards, which acknowledges exceptional proposals that exemplify the adaptation and implementation of existing successful innovations into other courses, programs or disciplines.

ADAPTATION AWARDS

  • Pilot Study of an Integrated Active Team-Based Learning Redesign of MATH 155 Applied Calculus – A team led by Matthias Gobbert, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, will apply active and team-based learning in the redesign of MATH 155 to create an environment where students have the support they need as they practice applying the skills and techniques learned during lectures and readings. The class meeting pattern will be restructured to offer three distinct experiences for students: the lecture will deliver the information and techniques to the students through video lectures, exposure to prior readings, and pre-reading quizzes; the seminar will group students into teams of three to practice the techniques in a small group setting with active support from the teacher assistant and undergraduate assistants; and the discussion will prepare students for tackling problem solving on their own with individual assignments.
  • Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum – A team led by Nicole King, Associate Professor, American Studies, and Bill Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice, Media and Communication Studies, will help students develop interview and production skills with creative storytelling through a unique collaboration between UMBC and a Baltimore-based nonprofit, the Center for Emerging Media (CEM). The interdisciplinary courses will guide students in place-based cultural and historical examinations of Baltimore’s residents and neighborhoods to explore the productive linkages and gaps between different disciplines. Involvement in the courses will give students experience in applied learning and civic engagement, while developing professional portfolios for work.

Projects submitted for the spring 2015 funding cycle are currently being reviewed and will be formally announced in the fall. Proposals for the next round of Innovation Fund grants are due by October 16, 2015. Please consider submitting an application. For more information about the fund, visit innovationfund.umbc.edu.

The Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, developed with support of major grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Heinz Awards, is a testament to our strong track record of finding novel approaches to teaching and scholarship. The Fund exemplifies our commitment to being a leading public university through investment in faculty initiatives that fuel creativity and enterprise and challenge students to take an active role in their education.

We are truly inspired by the creative ideas we hear each day and are delighted to be able to support more of them through this fund.

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