Nexus Online Learning Grant
Deadlines for Spring 2014 applications:
- Applications are due April 4, 2014
- Notifications sent on May 9, 2014.
- Grant funds initially available after July 1, 2014.
- Final report due on September 1, 2015.
Nexus Online Grants Funded in 2013-14
Bringing World Languages and Nexus Learning Online
Meriel Tulante, Concetta Caporale, Farida Ferradji
The purpose of this grant is to research best practices in online learning for languages and to assess how Nexus Learning can be transferred to an online environment for language instruction. Through the grant, we will explore both innovative ways of teaching languages online and the potential for the success of courses teaching global communications strategies and cultural awareness. Online language classes at Philadelphia University could fit immediately into the summer course offerings as many students study languages at other institutions over the summer, as well as having future relevance to the redesign of the curriculum for an online audience. A course on global communication strategies could be part of a College Studies online core and is of crucial importance for all students entering an increasingly global workforce. This project emphasizes collaboration between full-time and part-time faculty and is centered on faculty development. We aim to produce guidelines and a final report on best practices in online language learning, Nexus Learning in an online context, and the potential for teaching global communications strategies. Through this work, we will support the university’s plan to develop a distinctive online curriculum.
Researching Best Practices for On-Line Studio Courses
The goals of this project are to research and develop guidelines for best practices of teaching strategies for online and hybrid studios. The curricula in undergraduate and graduate programs such as Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, require design studios to be taken every semester and in sequential order. Researching online studios for effective teaching practices can enhance existing courses, as well as future courses. On-line studio courses could expand our audience by appealing to advanced placement and/or transfer students with extensive incoming credits, career changers, full time workers, and stay at home parents, as well as other non-traditional students. Standard studio scheduling greatly limits the flexibility of these students to fit an academic schedule into their busy life. These examples and possibly others demonstrate a need for investigating the potential of online-based studios. The goal of this grant is to develop guidelines for best practices of teaching strategies for online and hybrid studios.
The Following was Partially Funded by a Nexus Online Grant:
To Develop Faculty Expertise, and Create Pedagogical Guidelines, to promote Nexus Learning Online in College Studies
Tom Schrand and Katharine Jones
This grant will be used to develop faculty expertise and pedagogical guidelines to promote Nexus Learning in new College Studies Online courses. During the upcoming academic year, College Studies faculty members will be asked to develop the first generation of online general education core courses. We currently have little experience or capacity in this area, and we aim to promote Nexus Learning in our online courses just as we do in our on-campus courses. This project will identify and disseminate best practices for engaged, collaborative, real world learning in the liberal arts and sciences. It will involve College Studies faculty in reviewing the goals for Nexus Learning online goals and to customize them into guidelines and best practices for the online general education core curriculum, document and disseminate those guidelines and best practices for future College Studies Online courses, and apply the guidelines and best practices to new courses developed for College Studies Online during Spring and Summer 2014.