Innovation Grant Awards
Innovation Grant Awards (Spring 2022)
Each of these projects aligns with Innovation Hub priorities and maps onto the Transformative Education 2.0 workstreams as indicated in the description.
CURE – Purdue for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Team. Amy Childress, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research; Stephanie Gardner, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences; Craig Zywicki, Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Brief Description. Expand CURE (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) to enable graduate student participation/leadership and greatly expanding the pool of instructors trained in CUREs. This project will expand access to CUREs, which in turn contributes to student professional preparation and workforce development.
Mapping onto Transformative Education 2.0. This project supports stream 1 on expanding experiential education, in this case by promoting both innovative laboratory instruction and undergraduate research within a classroom context.
Developing an AI-powered “TA” Tool for IE 343 (Engineering Economics)
Team. Hua Cai, Associate Professor of Environ. and Ecological Engineering and Industrial Engineering; Erhan Karakaya, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering; Zhuoli Yin, Graduate Student, Industrial Engineering
Brief Description. This project aims to develop an AI-powered “TA” tool to provide more timely feedback and real-time customized learning assistance to students in IE 343 (Engineering Economics). The tool will be developed in Summer 2022 and tested in the Fall semester. This project uses Gradescope-derived rubric information to train the AI agent, and this pilot project will significantly advance our understanding of the potential for and challenges of developing and training AI agents for student support.
Mapping onto Transformative Education 2.0. This project uses an AI agent to support streams 3 and 5 by building technology tools to support student success, which in turn contributes to student progression and satisfaction.
Designing for Data-focused Undergraduate Course Innovation: Integrating Data Science into Undergraduate Courses
Team. Clarence Maybee, Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies; Guang Lin, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics; Director of the Data Science Consulting Service; Wei Zakharov, Assistant Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies; Chao Cai, Assistant Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies; Thomas Gerrish, Assistant Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies
Brief Description. The Libraries and School of Information Studies and the Data Science Consulting Service (DSCS) are partnering to create Designing for Data-focused Undergraduate Course Innovation (DfD), a 5-week hybrid learning experience that will provide a pathway for Purdue instructors in any discipline to create innovative coursework to teach students to use data to support their career aspirations.
Mapping onto Transformative Education 2.0. This project targets streams 3 and 5 by creating a data-rich ecosystem for undergraduate students while also providing advanced technology tools to support their learning in emerging data-oriented topics.
Incorporating Data and Computation with Multimodal Composition Instruction
Team. Michael Witt, Associate Professor Libraries and School of Information Sciences; Bryan Austin, Associate Director of Residential Academic Initiatives; Sean Brophy, Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education; Jennifer Hughes, Visiting Clinical Instructor, Department of English; Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Brief Description. This project leverages two modalities, data and code, in conjunction with assignments in ENGL 106 First-Year Composition «writing», ILS 103 Introduction to Data Lifecycle Management «data», and ENGR 103 Computational Methods of Data Science for Engineers «code». This transdisciplinary, cross-curricular integration will be facilitated by our learning community, Engineering in the World of Data, that includes First-Year Engineering students who live in Shreve Hall and take these courses together along with co- and extracurricular activities that build community and reinforce learning outside of the classroom.
Mapping onto Transformative Education 2.0. This project directly connects to streams 2, 4, and 5 by creating a transdisciplinary experience for students that thoughtfully integrates three essential elements of a modern technical education (writing, data, and code) within the context of a learning community.
Preparing students for today’s informed workplace: a transdisciplinary information literacy badging approach
Team. Margaret Phillips, Associate Professor, Libraries & School of Information Studies; Heather Howard, Associate Professor, Libraries & School of Information Studies; Dave Zwicky, Associate Professor, Libraries & School of Information Studies; Fred Berry, Professor, School of Engineering Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Brief Description. With this project, we will be developing, piloting, assessing, and promoting a suite of instructional modules for undergraduate students revolving around information literacy topics relevant to the workplace, integrated into a scalable badging platform. The goal is to provide students with training relevant to their future careers (as well as transferable credentials that they can share with potential employers and post on badge-compliant platforms such as LinkedIn) and to provide instructors across the university with a flexible, powerful set of tools to improve student outcomes.
Mapping onto Transformative Education 2.0. This project targets streams 2, 3, and 5 by providing a flexible credential within a data-driven experience, and connecting these components via advanced technology tools for students and instructors.