Integrating Scholarship into Classroom - Course Redesign 

Course Redesign to Promote Active Student Involvement through Integration of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Goal:

In ALL academic disciplines, through integration of undergraduate research and scholarship in different subject areas, create a learning environment through active student participation.

Intent:

The University aims to enhance student involvement in undergraduate research and scholarship in ALL academic fields of study with the help of innovative faculty who are willing to redesign their courses to include an undergraduate research and scholarship component. Obviously, students’ understanding of all required concepts in the subject matter remains essential; however, the redesigned course will include active student participation to develop skills in scientific investigation such as data collection, data analysis, critical thinking and reasoning, and preparation and presentation of reports. Through efficient use of class time and productive student-faculty interaction, the goal of this initiative is to generate active student participation in a classroom environment incorporating a research and scholarship component with enhanced measurable outcomes. It is known that student involvement in scientific research and scholarship at an early stage will facilitate their participation in more advanced undergraduate research and scholarly activities at a later stage in their undergraduate careers, thereby enabling them to be more productive members of the workforce, graduate schools, or professional studies.

Call for Proposals and Implementation:

During the fall semester each year, faculty or faculty teams in ALL academic fields will be encouraged to submit proposals for course redesign that incorporates an undergraduate research and scholarship component. Before October 20, through an announcement, faculty will be invited to submit proposals for course redesign. The proposals should be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Office by November 20th. Proposals submitted by faculty members will be reviewed by a committee of their peers, and successful proposals will be announced before the end of each fall semester. Successful candidates may potentially receive compensation to complete the course redesign during the following spring semester; and may also receive supporting funds for implementation of the redesigned course the following fall semester.

Review Criteria:

  • Only undergraduate courses will be supported with lower level courses being given preference the first two years of the program.
  • Faculty or faculty teams that are selected must implement the course redesign during the following fall semester, unless the departmental course schedule does not allow that.
  • Applications will be judged on the perceived value of the project, impact, and benefits to undergraduate studies.
  • Incomplete grant applications will not be reviewed.

 Guidelines:

  • Proposals should include a 400-word summary of the project/abstract, a two-page project description detailing rationale for course redesign, a two-page description of the course implementation and students’ involvement, a two-page faculty resume, and a support letter from the department head.
  • A faculty member may submit only one proposal per course redesign per year.
  • Award winners will be required to make a presentation at the Arkansas Tech University Student Research Symposium in the spring semester. During its implementation, selected participating students will be required to make a presentation at the University of Arkansas’ Fall INBRI Conference in Fayetteville, or a conference more suited to the subject matter.
  • After completion of the "Course Redesign," a two-page final report should be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Office before May 15 during the following spring semester.

Assessment:

After implementation of the "Redesigned Course," the project outcome should consist of a faculty report which assesses the students' mastery of data collection, data analysis, critical thinking, reasoning skills, preparation of reports, and presentation of the project results. A copy of the assessment should be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Office.

Library Assistance

Ms. Tinerella from library is available to create customized research guides for your newly re-designed courses. Research guides can feature the database most relevant to your subject. It can also include short tutorials demonstrating how to use them: RefWorks citation tool, tutorials on the research process, avoiding plagirism and much more. Please contact Ms. Tinerella at (479) 964-0571 or stinerella@atu.edu for more details or to request a guide.

Example Guides: http://libguides.atu.edu/english1013  or  http://libguides.atu.edu/russellville/russellville

 

 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Hemmati at mhemmati@atu.edu