Research Initiation Grant Awardees – Spring 2017
COIL is proud to announce that we will be funding four new projects this Spring as part of our Research Initiation Grant (RIG) program.
“We were once again provided a glimpse into the innovative work being pursued across our University. ,” said Brad Zdenek, Innovation Strategist for COIL. “During this round we received 18 incredibly strong proposals offering innovative solutions to diverse learner needs. What emerged from our exhaustive peer review process were four projects that exemplify the learning focused innovation COIL is working to champion at Penn State.”
The following projects will be funded from July 2017 – December 2018:
- The Development of a Computer Simulated Child Abuse Screening Tool (CSI-CAST) (Principal Investigator – Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Behrend)
- Using Virtual Reality to Enhance Distance Education for Additive Manufacturing (Principal Investigator – Nicholas A. Meisel, Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Professor; Assistant Professor, Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering, University Park)
- Leveraging Robots to Enhance Student and Staff Collaboration: An Exploration of Social, Cognitive, and Emotional Presence (Principal Investigator – Dr. Sam Richards, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Director of Development, World in Conversation Center, College of the Liberal Arts, University Park)
- Using Educational Data Mining to Increase Temporal Participation in Online Courses (Principal Investigator – Hengtao Tang, Doctoral Student in Learning Design, and Technology, College of Education, University Park)
The goal of the RIG program is to provide up to $40,000 in seed money for Penn State researchers during the development and proof of concept stages of research projects that have the potential to enhance teaching and learning through online innovation. These grants are intended to generate the preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger-scale and subsequent studies. The Research Initiation Grant program began in 2012, and funding has been available each fall and spring semester.
A detailed list of all RIG recipients and their projects can be viewed in the COIL RIG Index.
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