Twenty-three projects at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State have been awarded grants that total $314,659 to fund educational innovations that show great potential for improving teaching, learning, and access for students.
“Providing a vibrant and robust learning experience for our students requires that our colleges and universities be masters of innovation,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “The projects that these grants are funding are outstanding examples of the creative power of our faculty, staff, and students, and their commitment to improving the success of our students and our contribution to the economic vitality of Minnesota.”
The projects were funded through Minnesota State Educational Innovations which identifies, seeds, and supports innovative technologies and talent to drive high-quality experiences for the students of Minnesota State. The innovations address obstacles to student success by using existing technologies, resources, or practices in innovative ways. Proposals were considered for either innovation grants up to $25,000 or small innovation/sustainability grants that could, for example, fund a pilot project, enhance an existing innovation program, or contribute to the sustainability of a previously funded project. New this year are “Pay it Forward” grants that help campuses implement innovations that were developed by other campuses and have proven to be successful.
SCTCC's project to translate eOrientation for new students into Somali and Spanish received an Innovation Grant. Last year, eOrientation received a grant to launch eOrientation.
This is the third year that Minnesota State has awarded educational innovation grants. Previous projects that were funded have achieved such notable accomplishments as reducing the time and cost required to complete an associate degree in business and reducing the cost of providing classrooms with wireless technology by 80% – 90%.