Faculty awarded grant for redesigning courses

Faculty awarded grant for redesigning courses Gov. Mike Rounds is awarding nearly $550,000 to nine faculty-led projects at the state's six public universities to redesign courses for improved student learning. The projects, all of which involve two or more universities working collaboratively, also aim to reduce costs of course delivery.

The grant awards are going to 22 higher education faculty members. Using externally developed course materials, faculty teams � each representing two, three, or four public universities � will redesign specific courses to improve students' learning of course content and reduce the costs of offering the course.

"These grants will encourage further efficiencies and collaboration within the public university system," said Gov. Rounds. "At the same time, the program also supports the continuing integration of technology within the higher education curriculum."

University faculty members typically work on a nine-month contract. Under the Governor's program, faculty submitted proposals to spend the summer months redesigning courses. The faculty members whose projects are chosen receive a grant that provides support for two to three months' work and release time from teaching in the fall.

Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director for the South Dakota Board of Regents, says the Governor's awards will encourage collaboration and innovation. "The courses being funded for redesign all involve two or more universities who teach similar courses," he said. "It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the course materials already developed by other universities across this country to further our institutional collaboration in South Dakota."

The list of 2003 grant awards includes:

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics, John Peterson, Northern State University; Jason Zimmerman, Bill Adamson, and Joseph Santos, South Dakota State University; and Ralph Brown, University of South Dakota; to use interactive problem sets, tutorials, and experiments developed by Stanford University.

All faculty listed will work on course redesign for both economics courses.

CHEM 326L Organic Chemistry I Lab, Fathi Halaweish, South Dakota State University; and Grigoriy Sereda, University of South Dakota; to use molecular modeling software that represents appearance and behavior of molecules.

CSC 470 Software Engineering Michael Schuldes, Dakota State University; Manuel L. Penaloza, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Sung Y. Shin, South Dakota State University; and Carol Lushbough, University of South Dakota; to convert course from lectures to case studies and student projects.

MATH 225 Calculus III, Raj Markanda of Northern State University; and Jose D. Flores of University of South Dakota; to redesign course to introduce lab sessions using computational software and Java programs.

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