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Engage Adaptation Situated Learning: Case, Story, and Place Award

From 2012 to 2013, the Engage Adaptation Situated Learning: Case, Story, and Place Award is focused on investigating the teaching and learning potential of using situated learning assignments in UW-Madison courses.

What does the award offer?

  • Funding, in the amount of $1000, is transferred to an award participant's department as 101 funds.
  • Learning technology consultants will be available for up to 20 hours to help plan a situated learning assignment.
  • Training will be provided to award participants and students who participate in their courses, if necessary
    • Instructor training will take place on either July 10, 2:00 - 3:30, or July 11, 10:00 - 11:30 at Union South.
    • Student training can be scheduled as necessary, and is offered by DoIT's Software Training for Students (STS)
  • Community events will be scheduled to provide an opportunity for award participants to network and share experiences with others.
  • Participation in research related to teaching with technology is expected. Award participants will have the opportunity to contribute their teaching-as-research questions to the Engage evaluation of situated learning.

Who can apply?

  • Faculty, instructors, or TAs teaching a UW-Madison Timetable course in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, or Summer 2013; or
  • Campus groups that closely support Timetable courses (such as Writing Center, Libraries, FIGs).

What is the timeline for the award program?

  • April 17 - June 7, 2012: Call for applications.
  • July 1, 2012: Notification of acceptance to award recipients.
  • July - August 2012: Orientation, training and consultation with/for award participants.
  • Fall 2012 - Summer 2013: Implementation of project in the classroom.
  • Fall 2013 - Spring 2014: Dissemination of evaluation results.

Before Submitting an Application

The following is a list of the selection criteria for receiving an Engage Adaptation Situated Learning: Case, Story and Place Award.

    • The assignment should start after the third week of classes (for Fall 2012 courses).
    • The assignment should support course learning objectives.
    • The assignment must be part of students’ course grades.

An interdisciplinary committee will select applications that are the best fit for this award program.

Award Participant Requirements

The following is a list of activities in which award participants are required to participate.

  • Attend orientation either July 10 or July 11.
  • Meet with Engage staff during the planning and implementation stages.
  • Attend at least two community events during Fall 2012 - Spring 2013. Community events include monthly lunches with other award participants, and provide opportunities to share successes and questions. Experienced faculty and staff will also speak on topics of interest.
  • Collaborate with Engage staff to identify and share methods of good practice to campus.
  • Participate in evaluation, including pre- and post- surveys for instructors and students.
  • Make materials available related to the project for use in the Engage Showcase.

What is an Engage Adaptation Award?

To accomplish its mission to transform higher education through technology, Engage has developed several different types of award programs – one of which is called an Adaptation Award. Adaptation Awards are offered to UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who are interested in exploring and integrating new teaching approaches that leverage mature and stable technologies into their courses. Award participants work with a group of consultants to develop projects that can be used and evaluated in a class for a semester. In addition to working on the course project, award participants attend community events where they share their experiences.

The evaluation outcomes identified through the award benefit the UW-Madison teaching community and help identify needs and barriers on campus. A typical evaluation process includes award participants and their students responding to both pre- and post-surveys on activities related to the award topic. Award participants have the opportunity to explore questions of interest to them through the evaluation process.

They are strongly encouraged to publish their results in their research publications and to present on their experience to their colleagues at departmental meetings and professional conferences. Engage shares the evaluation outcomes widely across campus and beyond through publication of reports, presentations, posters, and articles.

In past Adaptation Awards, Engage has evaluated and identified methods of good practice for topics such as:

Possible Adaptation Award topics are identified through a conversation with UW-Madison campus faculty and instructional support staff and groups, a review of campus-wide IT surveys, and an alignment with current campus strategic priorities and initiatives. The Engage Faculty Advisory Group selects the final focus of the Adaptation Award.

Once the focus of an Adaptation Award is selected, a thoughtful and extensive planning process begins. Groups made up of instructors and instructional support staff from across campus are formed to provide the necessary structure for an award.

The Research and Evaluation Team reviews the literature on the topic, identifies useful rubrics to be used for student assessment, and develops the research questions for the project evaluation.

The Pedagogy Team identifies the pedagogical affordances of the topic, develops learning objectives and instructional goals of the program, and defines the scope of the award.

The Technology Team identifies the technologies and equipment to be leveraged in the award, and organized methods of distribution of equipment, if necessary.

The Training and Support Team develops support and training solutions for award participants and their students.

The Community Team develops a plan to build and sustain a community of instructional and support staff interested in the topic to share experiences, challenges and solutions throughout the award.