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RFPs Year 3


Archives for Bush Faculty Development Committee 1993-2002

New faculty 1993-2001

Faculty Development Grant

from the Bush Foundation

Nov 2002 - Nov 2005

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Request for Proposal

2c. Projects that examine the relationship between student learning and pedagogy
Year 3 (Jan 2005 - Dec 2005)

Year 3 Theme: Information Literacy

Please familiarize yourself with the Faculty Development Grant: Proposal, Brief Summary, people related to administration of the grant, and this Section
2c. Projects that examine the relationship between student learning and pedagogy

In addition to the overall goals of 2c for all three years of the grant,
the particular theme for Year 3 is Information Literacy.

Thus proposals in this section 2c must address and strive to relate two foci:
     the relationship between student learning and pedagogy, and
     information literacy.

The amount of support available from this grant for Year 3 is $4000. This may fund two to three projects in Year 3.

Several faculty and a librarian are encouraged to develop and submit a proposal as a team.
The faculty might be drawn from a single department, or from a small cluster of related departments. Teaching in the same area of General Education might provide some useful commonality, but is not required. To stimulate ideas, please review a recent program of FLIP grants (from a different funding source).

Assessment / evaluation, connecting grant supported activities firmly with student learning, are a central feature of the Faculty Development Grant. Please review the Assessment Resources page, developed by John Clementson, Director of Assessment, and the Assessment Committee which he chairs.

Overall Perspectives

Supporting the Integration of Information Literacy Skills in the Curriculum

Technology has increased the amount of information that is readily available; however the same technology has created confusion about the source of information, its reliability, timeliness, and usefulness. Although many college students are comfortable using various kinds of technology, many lack the skills required to navigate and evaluate available information resources. Augustana students' ability to locate, evaluate, synthesize and utilize information is critical to their development as leaders in an information rich democratic society.

The goal of Augustana's information literacy program is to develop and strengthen our students' capacity to determine an information need, successfully access, critically evaluate, organize and apply the information effectively and ethically; and subsequently turn information into knowledge.

The Faculty/Librarian partnership grants are being offered to encourage the integration of information literacy skills into specific courses providing students with innovative assignments that develop their understanding and use of a broad spectrum of information resources.

Grant partners will work to incorporate scholarly information and electronic resources (librarian expertise) and enhance or develop courses or other academic and research-based learning programs (faculty member content expertise).

As such, a Faculty/Librarian Partnership project will:

    Include at least one faculty member and one librarian as principal, joint applicants with clearly defined, substantial roles (other faculty members/librarians may also participate);

    Incorporate activities that develop information literacy skills in an instructional design/improvement project to impact courses or programs in the 2005 calendar year.

    Develop assessment tools that highlight information literacy skills to demonstrate the effectiveness of project design and delivery; and

    Serve as a strong partnership example with project plans shared with the Augustana community and results disseminated through a final written report.


Faculty/Librarian partnerships should seek to enhance student learning by incorporating information literacy activities that require the ability to access, evaluate, organize, and use information from a variety of sources. The goal will be for students to demonstrate knowledge in how to define an area of investigation; select the appropriate terminology that expresses the concept; formulate a search strategy taking into consideration different sources of information and the variety of ways that information is organized; analyze the resulting data for value, relevancy, quality, and suitability; use the information ethically; and subsequently turn the information into knowledge.

Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in formulating proposals. Some project activities to consider, among others, are:

    Significant course revision including new research modules, integration of student information literacy skills and outcomes, or new disciplinary resources and content applications;

    A summer research project that formulates a resource and learning tool, such as a special archive of journal articles, visual representations and other Web or paper resources;

    An innovative project that improves teaching methods with expanded online resources and student learning activities, and incorporates other new instructional technologies;

    A learning tutorial to enhance student content knowledge, inquiry and critical thinking skills; or

    Special initiatives that provide prototypes for research-based learning across a department, across disciplinary lines, or throughout the curriculum.


    Recruit and organize your project team, including several faculty and one or more librarians with some common interests in the relationship between student learning and pedagogy, and in information literacy.

    Prepare a proposal which addresses these 2c themes, and the points indicated below.

    Meet with John Clementson or his designate to refine your evaluation plan.

    Submit the proposal electronically by e-mail, as an Attachment in Word Perfect or Word, to Arlen Viste, Karin Lindell, and John Clementson or his designate. The due date is OPEN, meaning simply that proposals will be received at any time convenient to the proposers. Request John Clementson or his designate to send e-mail to Arlen Viste and Karin Lindell, indicating acceptance of your evaluation plan. Arlen Viste and Karin Lindell will then share these materials with the Faculty Development Committee.

    Direct any questions to Arlen Viste, Karin Lindell, or members of the Faculty Development Committee.

    Committee decisions will be made promptly, and proposers will be notified within 2 weeks of the date the complete proposal is received. Project work may begin as soon as the recipients are ready to do so.


    Please provide the following information.

    Purpose of the project. Articulate its relationship to 2c and Information Literacy. Be sure to address and strive to relate the two foci: the relationship between student learning and pedagogy, and information literacy.

    Identify all participants, their disciplines, and their roles in the project.

    Provide a time line for development and implementation.

    Describe the expected outcomes of the project, especially as they relate to student learning.

    Include an itemized budget and rationale. Such rationale should attempt to relate proposed budget items to anticipated student learning outcomes.

    Identify any other sources of funding and make clear how the respective funding sources would interrelate in supporting various aspects of your project. If your proposal is contingent on anything else (such as other support), please spell out such contingencies.

    As part of the proposal, include a statement which addresses how your 2c project relates to one or more of four Overall Goals of the Faculty Development Grant. Follow the link for these goals, which are perhaps implicit, and are stated as questions for response.

    Pledge to carry out the Evaluation Activities as indicated in this section 2c of the grant, with specifics worked out and agreed on in your meeting with Dennis Larson or his designate.

    Include date of submission and an electronic signature(s) in your proposal. (For example scan signatures and insert the resulting graphics files.)

Final Report

    Including the Evaluation Activities agreed on, the Final Report is due one month after the conclusion of the time line proposed. If this date goes beyond Nov 30, 2005, also submit a succinct Interim Report by that date. Submit the report(s) electronically to Arlen Viste and Karin Lindell. If the report and its supporting materials exceeed the 1 MB limit for an e-mail attachment, then burn a CD and submit that, with a cover letter, to Karin Lindell at Box 802 or Hum 207.


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e-mail: viste@augie.edu