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Submit WIDER PERSIST Proposals by Nov. 1

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 3:16 pm / October 6, 2016

Faculty interested in incorporating evidence-based instructional practices in their course, department or college are invited to submit a proposal to the WIDER PERSIST program.

The National Science Foundation-funded WIDER PERSIST project is currently accepting proposals for partner projects that will shift faculty practice and department, college and institutional culture around teaching. WIDER PERSIST has supported both small and large projects in STEM departments.

Proposals should be for partner projects that will shift faculty practice and department, college, and institutional culture around teaching. The deadline for proposed projects starting in the spring semester is Nov. 1. The WIDER PERSIST leadership team anticipates offering only one more round of funding for partner projects after this deadline.

WIDER PERSIST has supported both small and large projects in STEM departments. Past projects have varied in project scope and range from coordinating course sections in “Towards a Coherent Calculus II,” led by Doug Bullock in the math department to incorporating evidence-based instructional practices in “Flipping ECE 350 Signals and Systems,” led by Elisa Barney Smith in electrical engineering, to departmental collaborations in faculty development in “Earth Educators’ Rendezvous,” led by Karen Viskupic in geosciences.

These partner projects and others have been critical in the university’s efforts to fulfill the WIDER PERSIST vision, enhancing a learning-centered culture and ultimately positively impacted student success on campus.

Partner projects that started this fall are:

  • “Integrating Computing into Undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering Education,” by Lan Li and Eric Jankowski (materials science and engineering)
  • “Enhancing the Mechanics of Course at Boise State through the incorporation of Active Learning Strategies,” by Deb Mishra and Yang Lu (civil engineering) and Jing Wang (mechanical and biomedical engineering).
  • “Incorporating Carousel Activities and Concept Maps in CE 360 and CE 460,” by Bhaskar Chittoori and Arvin Farid (civil engineering).

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit http://ctl.boisestate.edu/wider-persist/request-for-partners/.