Digital Technology Grant

Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology

In fall 2012, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost invited applications from University of Minnesota undergraduate degree-granting programs for financial support targeted at transformational enhancement of their curricula and pedagogy through the leveraging of existing or emerging digital technologies.

Professor Christopher Cramer (Provost's Faculty Liaison for eLearning) gave leadership to the grant program. The process was extremely competitive with over thirty applications received, covering a wide range of projects designed to enhance the undergraduate experience. A review committee provided their recommendations to the Provost who made the final decision.

2013 Award Recipients
Awardee Title, Department Title of Proposal Project Summary
Robert Dunbar Associate Professor, UMR Center for Learning Innovation Developing a Browser of Student and Course Objects (BoSCO) as an Easy to Use Learning Analytics Tool to Facilitate Effective and Efficient Course and Curriculum Design Bring together an interdisciplinary group of faculty to identify a set of relevant research questions, indicators, and databases in order to develop and test a tool that would allow faculty to connect learning analytics with course design.
Kathleen Hansen Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication ePortfolio 2.0: Networked Learning in CLA Add a dynamic social network driven electronic portfolio to the curriculum in the Journalism Bachelor of Arts program and Writing Studies / Technical Communication Bachelor of Science program.
John Hatcher Assistant Professor, UMD Writing Studies Proposal for the Transformation of into a Year-round Community Media Hub Transform the UMD student-created community news site ( into a year-round publication as a form of civic engagement that partners UMD students with community organizations.
Brad Hokanson Professor, Design, Housing, and Apparel SMOOCH - The Development of an Internal Targeted Massive Online Course in Creativity Develop a MOOC-like course on creative problem solving that is offered to all entering University students for the summer prior to their freshman year.
Clarence Lehman Research Associate, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Intelligent Media for Enhanced Academic Programs Develop a series of online modules that use short branching videos to explain key concepts in the foundational courses offered by the department.
Monica Luciana Department Chair & Associate Professor, Psychology Development of an On-Line Minor in Health Psychology Develop a fully online six-course minor program in Health Psychology (funding will also be leveraged from other sources)
Rebecca A. Montgomery Associate Professor, Forest Resources Digital Technologies to Improve Experiential Learning in the Forest and Natural Resource Management Undergraduate Program Conduct systematic curriculum mapping to identify where digital technologies can improve outcomes; redevelop at least four high-impact courses for digital teaching methods; and adapt/develop tools, capacity, and faculty culture to integrate digital technologies across the major.
Chris Paola Professor, Earth Sciences Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology in the Earth Sciences Reformat two core courses to a blended design where content is delivered via video segments and in-class time is devoted to active learning. Use "dynamic digital notebooks" as a teaching tool.
Mary Rowan Director and Professor, Nursing Developing Effective Curricula with Digital Technologies for the Healthy Communities Innovations Center Use and integrate health care and video-capture technologies, point-of-care mobile technologies, and telehealth technologies in four core courses spanning the sophomore, junior, and senior years.

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Office of eLearning