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This program is designed to provide support for full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty who are interested in 1) converting their current core course using face-to face pedagogy to an online course or 2) adopting a fresh perspective on a current core course that utilize online pedagogy.

Preference will be given to the following areas political science, history, composition, math, life and physical sciences and courses such as ECO 2013, ANT 2043, ENG 2013, ENG 2413, HIS 1042, HIS 1053, SPN 1014, HUM 2023, PHI 2043, POL 1013, POL 1133, SOC 1013, SOC 2013, GEO 1013, MAT 1023, MAT 1043, MAT 1053, MAT 1073, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, WRC 1013, WRC 1023.

Selected grantees will work in consultation with the staff in Online Learning, Teaching and Learning Services, Video Technology, and Learning Technologies and other departments as appropriate. Up to $10,000 can be requested to support converting a face-to-face course to online.  And up to $5,000 can be requested to support refreshing a currently online course.  Eligible expenses include summer pay or salary supplement (10% of 9-month rate up to the grant amount $5,000 or $10,000) and graduate student support, instructional materials, professional development, and relevant equipment. Up to twelve 8-month grants are available.

2019 Recipients include:

HIS 1053 – US History: Civil War Era to the Present, Gregg Michel.

This proposal will improve student success in an introductory course with a high DFW rate and make an impact on course offerings for the Downtown Campus. The course will move away from a lecture format and focus more on collaborative learning and interaction with peers and instructor. The design will use a variety of digital learning tools facilitate students’ critical thinking through a variety of analytical exercises and assessments.

PSY 1013 – Introduction to Psychology, Paul Romanowich.
This proposal will make an impact to high enrollment and in course offerings for the Downtown Campus. The course will include service learning opportunities for students that may increase student retention, especially in high-risk undergraduate populations.

ANT 2033 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Luca Pozzi
This proposal is required for majors and impacts high enrollment. The course design is focused on experiential learning opportunities using digital learning tools. Also includes the use of OERs, virtual labs, and the use of digital tools to create opportunities for an immersive experience for students.

ES 2013 – Introduction to Environmental Science, Terri Matiella
This proposal will have an impact on student success and benefit students at the Downtown Campus by allowing more course options and offerings. The course design will focus scalability and retention, and it will be offered more frequently in summer semesters for higher enrollments.

CHE 1083 – Introduction to the Molecular Structure of Matter, John H. Frederick
Some of the proposal goals are to improve student success rates in introductory chemistry by providing a more adaptive learning environment and to innovate team-project activities that convey important chemical principles. The course design includes interactive videos and multimedia and online laboratory exercises.

CS 1173 – Data Analysis and Visualization, Dawnlee Roberson
This proposal impacts high enrollment. All students pursuing Biology, Civil Engineering and Geology Undergraduate courses, need to take this course. The design focuses on student engagement and peer learning. It also includes building interactive learning modules and multimedia and in introducing a new MATLAB Grader interactive tool to provide interactive feedback on the design and syntax for students as they write their programs.

STA 1053 – Basic Statistics, Kim Massaro
This proposal addresses innovative ideas to use technology as a data analysis tool to help students apply their knowledge to real world data. The course design will impact high enrollment and impact course offerings in the Downtown Campus.

AHC 1113 – Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350, Kristy Masten
This proposal plans to move from a large scale, lecture-testing format to a small interactive setup focused on collaborative and active learning.  The course design includes assessment strategies using digital learning tools for students to curate and compose their own art historical resources. Impact on high enrollment, student success, and course offerings for the Downtown Campus.

SPN 1014 – Elementary Spanish I, Michael Rushforth
This proposal is focused on improving DFW rates, and it impacts high enrollment and student success. The course design includes gamification strategies to improve listening comprehension through instremia. Other custom built gamified elements will also be added within the LMS to promote retention of grammar concepts for language learning.

HIS 1043 – United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War, Jodi Peterson
This proposal adopts a fresh perspective on student-centered online modules using audio/visual software to improve overall student satisfaction. The design will incorporate Universal Design for Learning principles to enhance student learning and engagement.

ANT 2043 – Introduction to Archaeology, Sonia Alconini
This proposal impacts student retention. The course design focuses on promoting research activities and critical thinking by using a variety of learning tools including Journals, Group Blogs, and Wikis to foster collaborative work.

HUM 2023 – Introduction to Humanities, Jude Chudi Okpala
This proposal plans to redesign the course to incorporate interactive modules with formative assessments and feedback. Interactive videos will be created to foster critical thinking responses. The design also integrates group forums for audio, photo, and video presentations, and use virtual online meetings for students interact with peers and the instructor. It impacts high enrollment and course offerings for the Downtown Campus.

For questions or more information, please contact Marcela Ramirez at marcela.ramirez@utsa.edu