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Experiential Learning Innovation Fund for Faculty

OEL’s Experiential Learning Innovation Fund for Faculty (ELIFF) mini-grant program, intended to stimulate the creation of EL opportunities across the curriculum, has provided funding and curriculum development support to over 80 faculty members from 25 departments since 2017. Each year approximately 400 students benefit from ELIFF sponsored projects. Read more about our Fall 2021 recipients below. 

In this course, the first professional/technical writing that many English (and other) majors take, I like to give students practice in information design and data visualization. For this project, students (in teams of 2 or 3) will serve as writing consultants for a non-profit organization to revise or refresh print materials to better engage the nonprofit's target audiences within the community.

It is based around Virginia Woolf's THREE GUINEAS. In Woolf's text, the speaker must determine what to do with her money in order to promote peace and justice. This project intentionally places students in the position of Woolf's speaker, and they must determine how to use their funding to promote gender equity and justice on campus. In a series of scaffolded assignments, they propose what to do with the funding and ultimately choose, by Fall break, which one proposal to undertake as a class. Significantly, they remain in control how to spend the grant money, and they consider how best to do this work in dialogue with the feminist theory we read.

Our experiential learning activity is the planning, development, and hosting of a CPR and First Aid certification training event for primarily minority student members of the UD campus and surrounding community. The work of recruiting participants for and developing and implementing the certification training would be conducted by students in Writing for the Health Professions (ENG 373), and the CPR First Aid certification training would be conducted by UD’s student-run Emergency Medical Services (UD EMS) organization.

It would be helpful to establish a local music repository in Roesch Library that students could access. A request for films/videos, CDs or texts held in the Roesch Library to ensure accessibility of appropriate resources that are not available via streaming services or easily accessible for student use in the course. In addition, a goal would be to provide community guest speakers with a small honorarium ($50 per speaker for five musician/music industry guest speakers for a $250 total) as a token of consideration and gratitude.

Desert Dispatch Issue #2 will be student-produced magazine sharing writing, art and design around food justice. It is produced by students in both Professor Glenna Jennings’ VAR 350 Art and Social Practice and Dr. Hsuan Tsen’s SEE 303 Constructions of Place in conjunction with the annual event Dinner in the Desert Kitchen, an art auction, interactive exhibition and dinner event created in partnership with Gem City Market, Hall Hunger Initiative and other community partners. I am happy to supply the larger budget if necessary, but we are only requesting funds to help cover the cost of the Desert Dispatch publication.

Funds are requested for membership to the International School Counselor Association and for their international conference in 2021.

I propose the development of a Fluid Demonstration Cart (FDC). This cart will feature several fluid flow components, including large, transparent graduated cylinders, small graduated cylinders, transparent pipes of various sizes, valves to control fluid flow, a fish tank pump and several liquids of various viscosities and densities.

To facilitate this learning, I propose the development of a fully-instrumented, temperature-controlled platform being cooled via a series of thermal fins of varying cross-sectional shapes.Students will be able to directly run experiments with the demonstration rig in class to investigate how well their models predict the heat transfer behavior under various operating conditions.

Students will be responsible for creating a series of graphic design posters that visualize Sierra Leone’s poetry. In addition to their individual projects, students will be divided into collaborative design teams: promotional materials design; production design; curatorial design; social media promotion; install/deinstall. Students will learn how to work within a budget and limited access to resources, while making use of what is available and how that shapes the design form and outcomes.


Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469