AUSTIN – Eleven undergraduate projects from across The University of Texas System have earned $2.5 million in grants for their use of technology and creative approaches to teaching.
The awards, known as Transforming Undergraduate Education grants, were authorized by the UT System Board of Regents to stimulate new teaching and learning methods; challenge the capabilities of students; and increase cost efficiency and/or reduce instructional costs.
“These grants aim to transform undergraduate education by targeting the core experiences of teaching and learning: use of technology, curriculum reorganization, interdisciplinary practices, cutting-edge pedagogy – even new learning spaces,” said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., UT System chancellor.
Projects were each awarded roughly $250,000, and will be funded at seven institutions. Two of the projects are collaborative efforts which involve two institutions.
“All of these projects demonstrate extraordinary innovation and utilize groundbreaking approaches to teaching and learning, and it is interesting to note that more than half of the winning entries involve serious gaming technology,” said David B. Prior, UT System executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Grant awardees are:
A more detailed description of the programs is available here.
In all, 50 proposals were considered for the competitive grants, which were narrowed to 11 winning entries using an expert panel from across the UT System. Project outcomes will be shared with all institutions throughout the System to help develop curricula and enhance efficiencies, Prior said.
About The University of Texas System
The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.