Grants in Higher Education



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May 2015
Le Moyne College, Nazareth College, Ithaca College, Siena College, Canisius College
Integrating Foreign Language Studies into Undergraduate Preparation for the Professions
Project Leaders: Orlando Ocampo, Le Moyne College


$25,000 over 6 months for a planning grant to the “Upstate New York Language Consortium” to expand their collective foreign language course offerings through online and blended learning formats. A distinctive feature of this collaborative group will be a focus on hybrid learning courses that infuse language and cultural studies into business, education, and health professional preparation programs. During this planning process, the campus partners will negotiate the logistics behind the formation of their consortium, including assessment of available resources and development of processes and intercollegiate agreements for shared hybrid offerings. A workshop will gather foreign language and professional studies faculty to brainstorm about interdisciplinary courses that would best serve their student populations.

February 2015
Lafayette College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges of Pennsylvania)
Implementation Grant: Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience | Project Website
Project Leaders: John Meier, Lafayette College


$280,000 over 36 months to collaboratively design courses and sets of modules, to include such areas as critical media literacy (communication and education); teacher education assessment (education); community-based learning (economics and management); and laboratory equipment modules (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering).  They will also build cohorts of “Digital Faculty Fellows” who will mentor each other and generate interest among colleagues to pursue hybrid course development opportunities that enrich the academic experience while sharing costs and using classroom and laboratory facilities more efficiently.

Hope College, Albion College, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Lawrence University, and Wabash College (Midwest Hybrid Learning Consortium)
Hybrid Liberal Arts Network: High Touch Learning for the 21st Century | Project Website
Project Leaders: Barry Bandstra, Hope College


$310,000 over 30 months to connect three faculty from each institution to collaboratively develop hybrid courses in areas such as Communication; Economics; Gender Studies; History; Religion; Writing; Spanish and lesser taught languages; and modules, tutorials, and “virtual labs” in the sciences. In tandem with faculty developing and launching courses, campus leaders will develop credit transfer arrangements and policies for allocating seats, sharing costs, and managing teaching loads to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the consortium. The project will conclude with a conference that will focus on documenting and disseminating hybrid models and their learning benefits, nurturing sustainable cross-institutional collaborations, and encouraging new faculty to develop and teach hybrid learning courses using the professional development resources developed by through this grant.

November 2014
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
National Blended Course Consortium
Project Leaders: George Mehaffy


$310,000 over 36 months to support the National Blended Course Consortium (NBCC) in its design and distribution of four hybrid courses: “Stewardship of Public Lands”, “Economic Inequality”, “Introduction to Citizenship”, and “Global Challenges”. Course materials will be made available to AASCU members as well as non-member institutions. Participating institutions will offer the courses as a normal part of their catalogues. Faculty members will provide the face-to-face interaction that students need to be fully engaged learners, and have the flexibility to adapt course modules to reflect their expertise and interests. NBCC will devise new tools to track student learning and performance in its courses across institutions, collecting data on student grades, learning outcomes, satisfaction, engagement, and retention in partnership with faculty and institutional research offices.

Associated Colleges of the South (ACS)
Developing Hybrid Learning Professional Development Resources | Project Website
Project Leaders: R. Owen Williams


$50,000 over 16 months to produce webinars, video case studies, and tutorials to both generate broader interest in hybrid learning and provide faculty and staff with practical guidance so they feel positioned to successfully participate in such efforts.

May 2014
Hope College, Albion College, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Lawrence University, and Wabash College (Midwest Hybrid Learning Consortium)
Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
Project Leaders: Barry Bandstra, Hope College


$25,000 over 6 months for a planning grant to the Midwest Hybrid Learning Consortium (MHLC), a working group composed of liberal arts faculty representatives from seven cooperating institutions. The group will gather its leadership team and additional faculty members from each campus for a two-day meeting in Chicago. During the meeting the group will develop plans to design and teach hybrid courses at their institutions.

Kalamazoo College, Alma College, Augustana College, & Wittenberg University
Planning Grant: Exploring Implementation of Hybrid Learning through Inter-Institutional Collaboration
Project Leaders: Patrik Hultberg, Kalamazoo College


$15,000 over 6 months for a planning grant to Kalamazoo College, Alma College, Augustana College, and Wittenberg University to form an ad-hoc collaborative of institutions to implement hybrid courses on and across their campuses. Each campus will have a faculty lead who will commit to a developing an online course and providing guidelines for face-to face discussion sessions to be facilitated at the partner institutions.

Lafayette College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges of Pennsylvania)
Planning grant: Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
Project Leaders: John Meier, Lafayette College


$25,000 over 12 months for a planning grant to create a plan to 1) develop shared hybrid learning courses and 2) expand faculty experience with and support of using technology in the classroom.

Washington & Jefferson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College (Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts)
Planning grant: Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
Project Leaders: Tori Haring-Smith, Washington & Jefferson College


$25,000 over 7 months for a planning grant to develop a cross-institutional hybrid learning program in under-enrolled, less commonly taught languages. By combining student enrollments across institutions, the collaborative is seeking to expand course offerings while improving cost efficiency.

Bryn Mawr College, Albright College, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Saint Mary's College of California, Santa Rosa Junior College, Swarthmore College, Wesleyan University
Modeling Collaborative Curriculum Development: Psychology Research Methods and Statistics
Project Leaders: Anjali Thapar, Bryn Mawr College


$245,000 over 36 months to an ad hoc consortium led by Bryn Mawr College that will pilot a scalable, collaborative approach to developing online courseware needed for hybrid courses. The partner institutions will explore this methodology with Psychology Research Methods and Statistics (Psych RMS) as its test case. The project will involve a three-year iterative process for designing, testing, and revising online modules for Psych RMS courses.

Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Alberta-Augustana Campus, Truman State University, State University of New York - Geneseo
Hybrid Course Sharing in Native American Studies
Project Leaders: Roxanne Harde, University of Alberta-Augustana Campus; Becca Gercken, University of Minnesota-Morris


$270,000 over 36 months to collaborate on the enrichment of curricular offerings by sharing online and hybrid courses in the area of Native American Studies. Over the course of this three-year project, approximately 22 courses will be offered in one of two ways. The first model will feature an “on the ground” advisor/mentor to students taking an online class from another campus. The second hybrid model will be specific to courses that include a summer field experience. These students will complete an online course in their spring semester and then meet during the summers of 2015 and 2016 for on-site, face-to-face research class.

Five Colleges, Inc. (Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
A Consortial Plan to Explore Hybrid Learning in the Residential Liberal Arts Institutions of Five Colleges, Inc. | Five College Blended Learning Initiative
Project Leaders: Nate Therien, Five Colleges, Inc.


$280,000 over 36 months to Five Colleges, Incorporated to build multi-campus/multi-course collaborations on hybrid learning projects. Teams of faculty in topical and disciplinary areas where there are synergies of interest in blended learning will be recruited.  During the three-year project, three cohorts of two to four teams of faculty members will develop multi-campus projects. A hybrid learning assessment specialist will also be recruited to work with faculty teams. The project will provide seminars and workshops on hybrid learning and successful pedagogies.

St. Norbert College, Augustana College, Elmhurst College, Illinois Wesleyan University
Online Competencies Curriculum
Project Leaders: Sundi Richard, St. Norbert College


$280,000 over 36 months for the partner institutions to create a repository of online learning modules focused on information fluency, technological adaptability, and communication skills. The online learning modules developed for this project will be made available for faculty to use in their courses, helping students to understand and develop basic competencies in these three areas and also apply them in a disciplinary context. The project will use multi-institutional faculty-led teams and create learning communities across the campuses.

Schreiner University, Concordia University- Austin, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas Wesleyan University (The Texas Language Consortium)
Working Together in the Lone Star State: Operationalizing Blended Learning Programs within the Texas Language Consortium State
Project Leaders: Charlie McCormick, Schreiner University


$270,000 over 36 months to the Texas Language Consortium (TLC) to 1) provide faculty development in blended learning; 2) identify strategies in the face-to-face, blended, and distance learning environments that enhance student engagement and faculty/student interaction; 3) document the costs and value-added of the TLC; and 4) create a sustainable structure for the future.