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School of Education’s Nelson, Zervou receive support from EI Small Grant Program

January 20, 2017

UW-Madison recently announced 16 proposals from across campus that will be receiving funding through the university’s EI Small Grant Program. And among those receiving support are two people from the School of Education.

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Adam Nelson, a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies, received backing to develop the department’s first online course, EDPOL 140: “Introduction to Education.” This class will serve as the gateway course for the department’s new undergraduate major in Education Studies.

According to a summary of Nelson’s project: “The course will be offered online during Summer Term, with a blended version eventually offered during the academic year. The online summer offering will attract new student audiences and improve student access, especially students of color and other under-represented populations who express a strong interest in issues of inequality and social justice in education. The course will be designed with a project-oriented, problem-solving, practical case study approach, and will introduce students to career paths in education policy.”

In addition, Natalie Zervou, a lecturer with the School of Education’s Dance Department, received support to create a second online course in that department, Dance 168: “Dancing Gender: Embodiment, Politics and Feminist Theory.”

A summary of this project explains: “Plans involve further developing recorded video lectures of guest artist (accompanied by PowerPoint presentations) and a series of assignments designed to enhance student learning and foster online collaboration skills.”

The EI, or Educational Innovation, Grant Program provides funding for a diverse array of educational innovations in blended and online learning. The program recently funded 16 proposals from six schools and colleges at a total of more than $105,000.

Overall, the program received 37 proposals that were submitted from 12 schools, colleges, institutes and programs. The total amount of funding requested reached nearly $300,000. Proposals were evaluated and recommended for approval by a review committee consisting of faculty and staff from various campus units. Proposals were selected based on their exemplification of the program’s main theme (blended and online learning), alignment with departmental priorities, demonstration of long-term sustainability and, most importantly, impact on student learning.

Committed to supporting faculty and staff in their efforts to experiment with different pedagogical approaches and technologies, the EI Initiative plans to offer future open-funding opportunities next year and beyond.

Learn more about all of this year’s grant recipients and project descriptions on this Educational Innovation web page.

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