Do you teach a large enrollment course? Are you interested in a course redesign? If you answered yes to those questions, you are in luck...because proposals for funding through the Course Incubator project are now open! This funding is meant to support initial planning and proposal development as well as development and implementation activities.
The goal of the Course Incubator project is to radically redesign large enrollment classes to increase student success. Projects will focus on the transformative design of an entire course. Faculty are encouraged to THINK BIG. The challenges and objectives of the course might dictate redesign activities, such as: replacing some or all lectures with experiential or immersive activities, redesigning learning spaces and classrooms, incorporating new technologies, and more.
Pre-proposals that outline initial ideas for course redesign are due on Nov. 4, 2019. As part of the pre-proposal, faculty may apply for up to $2,000 to cover costs for planning a significant course redesign. Funds can be used to attend relevant conferences, visit other universities, and purchase books or other materials that will assist in preparation of the final proposal.
Recipients of pre-proposal funding are expected to submit a full project proposal that details the redesign activities for a specific large enrollment course, with a target of implementing the redesigned course in the 2020-2021 academic year, assessing effectiveness, and re-implementing in the 2021-2022 academic year. Criteria for the full proposals will be provided to the recipients.
For more information, visit https://teaching.pitt.edu/course-incubator/.