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Bush Faculty Development Committee

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD


Bush Faculty Development Grant
March 1999 - 2002

Abstracts of Projects Awarded in Fall 2000


Web-Based Access to Research and Dialogue on Cognitive Strategy Instruction in Writing (CSIW)

Mark Hallenbeck, Perry Hanavan, Sara Skrdlant

This project seeks to develop a website focused on disseminating to educators information on a powerful expository writing strategy, Cognitive Strategy Instruction in Writing (CSIW). The website will include an brief overview of the theoretical framework on which CSIW is built, implementation procedures, examples of structuring think-sheets, student writing samples and research summaries, samples of classroom dialogue on both audiotape and videotape, and online conferencing capabilities. Collaborators include Augustana College professors Mark Hallenbeck and Perry Hanavan, Augustana student Sara Skrdlant, and Michigan State University professor Carol Sue Englert.


Print-Based Access to Research on Cognitive Strategy Instruction in Writing (CSIW)

Mark Hallenbeck, Andrea Weigers

This project seeks to develop printed materials focused on disseminating to educators information on a powerful expository writing strategy, Cognitive Strategy Instruction in Writing (CSIW). The materials will include a detailed overview of the theoretical framework on which CSIW is built, implementation procedures, structuring think-sheets, student writing samples and research summaries, and transcripts of classroom dialogue from implementation lessons. Collaborators include Augustana College professor Mark Hallenbeck, Augustana student Andrea Wiegers, and Michigan State University professor Carol Sue Englert.


WebCT: Evaluating, Empowering, Evangelizing

Margot Nelson, Anne Oppegard, Denise Copelton, Geoffrey Dipple, Mary Friehe, Sharon Gray, Cheryl Leuning

"Web CT: Evaluating, Empowering, Evangelizing" focuses primarily on Vector 1, "Diversified Teaching Methods." It is a continuation of at 99-00 project entitled "Building a Cadre of WebCT Users on the Augustana Campus." This second phase emphasizes evaluation procedures addressing the potential benefit and impacts of web-based teaching in the traditional classroom. These evaluation procedures will be applied to paired class sections during the spring and fall of 2001. In SOCI 110, (spring 2001) a section will be enhanced with web-based teaching. The outcomes of that class will be compared to a section of SOCI 110 taught fall 2000 in the traditional manner. A related trial will be conducted in HIST 110. During fall 2001, one section of HIST 110 will be taught with traditional methods while another section will be supplemented by web-based teaching. Comparisons of the two evaluation projects will be completed. Other members of the group are contributing to the definition and clarification of evaluative procedures and criteria to be applied to evaluating the outcomes of the courses identified above.


Collaborative Research in Biomedical Ethics

Ann Pederson

The innovative nature of this project is to develop collaborative research projects between teaching faculty/physicians, fourth year medical school residents, and college students enrolled in biomedical ethics. This project focuses on the theological and ethical dimensions of the following areas of biomedical ethics: palliative care, genetic and reproductive medicine, and issues of justice. Augustana students will work with an individual faculty member or fourth year medical student to develop a research project on a focused topic (like spiritual issues at the end-of-life). At the end of the semester, the student will present the findings of the resarch in a class session and invite the professor/student from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.