Three Years In, LT Grants Still Picking Up Steam

With more than 80 Learning Technology grant recipients across the university exercising their new technology, course development, and quality assurance skills, the Ohio State experience is evolving.

The first four Impact Grants have benefitted more than 20,000 students with five more grant projects ongoing during 2012. Research findings from these technology enhancement projects demonstrate transformation: After taking Jackie Miller’s restructured Statistics course, 95% of students said the technology increased their understanding of course concepts. Graduate students preferred Lisa Lee’s virtual Histology laboratory for its simple access, time efficiency, and higher quality tissue images. A significant reduction of chemistry misconceptions occurred in Ted Clark’s redesigned Chemistry course compared with virtually no improvement in the traditional course. More than 20 conference presentations and journal articles have been produced from these projects.

Fifty-five eLearning Professional Development Grants have enabled faculty and staff to gain qualifications like the SMART Notebook Certification, attend national conferences, bring leading speakers to campus, and much more. These recipients share their gained knowledge in publications, through workshops, and with colleagues.

In 2012, four grant recipients completed the Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course, gaining necessary skills to ensure quality and continuous improvement of online and hybrid courses via the Quality Matters rubric. Recipients put their proficiencies to the test in QM Peer Reviews for Ohio State and other institutions.

Learning Technology grant projects are highly collaborative. As recipients share their grant-enabled ventures on the Digital Union blog, developmental support repeatedly outshines the monetary contributions:

“When we walked into the classroom yesterday, we were ready to go. “We” is an important word on all of this… There has been fantastic support from the folks in Learning Technologies,” said Jeanne Osborne, Impact Grant recipient in Animal Sciences.

Faculty and staff who have completed grant projects continue to explore and incorporate technology into their methods. Some recipients are analyzing their findings from last academic year, and others are just kicking off with new pilots. Instructors looking to use technology to revamp their work in the future are encouraged to consider these grant resources for an added boost.

For inspiration and insight into past projects and activities, visit http://go.osu.edu/recipients. It’s part of the updated Learning Technology Grants website: go.osu.edu/grants. The eLPD and QMPRC grants have rolling deadlines, while Impact Grant applications are due November 5. Further questions and inquiries can be directed to Robert Griffiths at griffiths.44@osu.edu or (614) 292-5901.