Thanks to the efforts of so many, we are really making headway on the Provost’s Challenge projects. Thirteen projects have been completed since the awards were made in 2013. Here is a brief update of the five most recently completed since the December 2014 status report.
#88 Faculty Advising Initiative, led by Martha Dyson:
The faculty advising website is live, and it includes an online faculty advising guide to assist faculty with understanding PSU’s degree requirements.
#96 Tools for Improving Orientation Advising, led by Martha Dyson:
Tools created through the project include a student snapshot for advisers to better assist students during orientations and building in technical functionality such that students in designated majors and pre-health professional programs are able to register for orientation only after they have verified they meet math prerequisites.
#120 Promoting Excellence in Teaching through On-line Faculty and TA Development, led by Nike Arnold:
The project developed two online modules that can be accessed through LearnerWeb, featuring classroom video and online environments. The online modules focused on student engagement and teaching with technology, which were determined based on a needs analysis.
#139 Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking, led by Emily Ford:
The project piloted badges in three undergraduate community health course and its badges can be viewed in Credly. The end-of-project report shares several lessons learned about badges, including that the instructional design work behind badges enriched course curriculum, and would have done so without the implementation of badges.
#155 Mobile and Augmented Reality Resources for Learning, led by Steve Thorne:
Project achievements include developing mobile activities/games in four languages and two distinct PSU campus tours (one general tour and one PSU sustainability tour). They can be accessed via the free ARIS Mobile App for iPhone.
All remaining projects are still on schedule.
When we launched the Provost’s Challenge in FY 13 we were not certain of the types of projects that faculty and staff would propose. We received over 150 submissions. Although only 24 projects were selected for funding, the Provost’s Challenge formed the foundation of reTHINK PSU and many of the initial proposals have spawned fruitful collaborations that have led to impactful curricular and student services changes.
It is heartening to witness the faculty’s and staff’s deep commitment to innovative work and how this commitment is positively impacting students. I want to thank and congratulate the Provost’s Challenge project leads, project managers and teams for all their hard work, and Vice Provost Sukhwant Jhaj for his leadership.
Please see the February 2015 status report on Provost’s Challenge projects.