Fundable Projects

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Our Fundable Projects offer donors and sponsors the ability match their philanthropic passion to specific projects that may more closely align with their giving interests. Some projects have been collaboratively developed by IDEA staff and our higher education partners, while other projects were identified through our most recent IDEA Impact Grant process.

We invite you to take a closer look.


fundable projects

In alphabetical order by institution or organization name.

Fundable Projects will be posted on the IDEA website and promoted for a period of six months, before rotating off to make room for new projects.  Each project's funding goal varies in amount and progress towards those goals will be posted twice a month.  If a project does not meet its funding goal after six months, those charitable dollars will be used towards the next round of IDEA Impact Grants.

IDEA - Faculty Orientation Toolkit

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Project Title

Faculty Orientation Toolkit

Project Description

Without a clear understanding of IDEA’s Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) and how to use it, faculty under-use the tool to improve teaching and learning and may even resist it. One of the reasons for this lack of understanding of the SRI is that it can appear complicated to learn, and often, campuses are not doing enough to help faculty understand and use it. So we need a clear and efficient way to get faculty up to speed theoretically and functionally with the SRI. We propose the development of a “faculty orientation kit” for how to use IDEA’s SRI most effectively for improving teaching and learning. Materials from the kit could be used by individual faculty, but the primary aim is to develop resources for client institutions to use in training their own faculty.

Budget - $2000

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IDEA - Best Practices in Teaching

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Project Title:

Best Practices in Teaching Video Series

Project Description:

This project seeks to provide faculty with examples of best practices in teaching in order to deepen their understanding of how certain teaching methods - all of which are differentially related to learning objectives - can be applied in the classroom setting. In light of this, IDEA is seeking funding to create a series of documentary-style videos that show viewers the most important (defined as methods that are highly correlated with student progress on particular learning objectives) teaching methods being applied in the classroom. Funding for faculty development has been reduced in recent years, as have funds directed toward centers for teaching and learning across the nation. It is against this backdrop that IDEA seeks to make available a series of useful multimedia resources for improving teaching and learning in higher education. 

Budget:

$5,000 per video

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Marian University

Marian University

Project Title:

Bridging Faculty Development to Student Learning: Training, Intervention, and Impact

Project Description:

Professional development opportunities for faculty have repeatedly shown to have a positive impact on the overall culture and effectiveness of teaching and learning at institutions. Marian University aims to better understand exactly how these faculty development initiatives translate into improved learning outcomes for students by tracking faculty that have received supplementary training in instructional technology and active learning techniques, and its subsequent implementation in their classrooms. Five faculty members have been identified to study how faculty development impacts student learning outcomes. These faculty will be encouraged to share project results and research at national conferences in their respective disciplines. Funding will cover travel expenses for these five faculty members.

Budget:

$5000 to cover $1000 stipends for 5 faculty members to support travel and presentations

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Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University

Project Title:

Using Professional Learning Communities in Higher Education

Project Description:

Do Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have an impact on teaching and learning at the undergraduate level? Will a PLC directly impact students’ ability to write constructed response essays demonstrating in-depth knowledge of content subject matter? Forming a PLC allows the investigators to collectively address an identified student achievement deficit stemming from perceived under-education and to deepen the intellectual teaching capacity of the investigators and pre-service teachers. Donations to this Fundable Project will support the professional development of the core professors teaching in the undergraduate program, and will inform instruction using formative data in an ongoing collection process. 

Budget:

$1100 to provide materials for our PLC to use to inform our teaching and learning as a community. 

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University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Project Title:

Collegiate Support Programs for Foster Youth/Alumni

Project Description:

Post-secondary educational outcomes for foster youth and alumni (i.e. those formerly in foster care) are dismal. Many are ill-prepared for the challenges associated with college. Of the foster youth/alumni who attend college, only 2-9 percent will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree (Stuart Foundation, 2013). Donations made to this project will result in the creation of a conceptual framework to implement and evaluate on-campus collegiate support programs for foster youth/alumni. This study will shed light on the conceptualization of academic programs to positively impact student well-being for a particularly vulnerable population.

More about the project’s story: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/social-work-professor-turns-foster-care-journey-life-research-education-advocacy

Budget:

$2,500

Contributions as of 1/26/2016

$2,500 - GOAL MET!

 

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University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

Project Title: 

Teaching the Science of Learning

Project Description:

Can the Science of Learning be Taught? Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell are creating a series of videos and exercises promoting evidence-based learning strategies that instructors and students can utilize. These stand-alone Science of Learning materials will demonstrate cognitive findings that apply directly to learning and are easy to implement in a classroom setting, and easy for students to use on their own. The posters have been accessed by thousands of people. Donations to this project will be used to translate these posters into other languages so that a more diverse audience can be reached.

Budget:

$1,000 per language.

Contributions as of 12/23/2016

$1,000 - GOAL MET to complete one translation!

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