The Collective for Academic Innovation and Transformation (CAIT) is a collaborative partnership of higher education research and development centers that explores and advances efforts to transform teaching and learning in the academy through collaborations.
The Collective for Academic Innovation and Transformation (CAIT) will:
1. Generate and share strategies that create a culture of innovation and change, and drive academic institutional transformation.
2. Leverage inter-institutional collaboration, research, and development in order to increase the effectiveness and impact of each institutional partner.
3. Assist and develop faculty to serve as agents of academic transformation and student success.
4. Identify and quantify the “evidence of impact” of innovation and transformation on the student experience.
5. Serve as a model for the kinds of collaborations that can emerge from an academic change leadership network (e.g. Leading Academic Change, Leading Academic Transformation).
Founding Members and Principals
Director of Center for Academic Innovation
Leading Academic Change Initiative, University System of Maryland
Director, Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning, College of Advancing and Professional Studies,University of Massachusetts Boston
Lawrence C. Ragan
Co-Director of Center for Online Innovation in Learning
Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning
Penn State University
Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation
Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation, Academic Technology & Instructional Services, Office of the SUNY Provost
State University of New York System
CAIT has developed a taxonomy to assist faculty and academic technology support staff to manage internal seed grant awards and assessments, align internal grants with national initiatives, and locate potential cross-institutional collaborators. The objective is to create a resource that will enable easier identification of shared research interests across institutional boundaries in service of the Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
Background and Description
Increasingly grant applications call for broader, inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. The challenge is to identify potential collaborators who may already have research underway, or to locate innovative research that can be built and capitalized upon. Several universities and systems have seed grant programs, but it’s often difficult for principal investigators to sustain projects and innovations without additional funding opportunities and broader collaboration.
The CAIT Matrix is a potential solution currently being tested among SUNY, Penn State, the University System of Maryland, Shippensburg University and the University of Massachusetts. The concept was launched at the “Leading Academic Change” summit hosted by the University of Maryland System. A group of collaborators explored how we could share information about projects that had potential to be “scaled up” across multiple institutions.
Toward that objective, CAIT reviewed tagging from ELI, NMC, and existing grant programs to see how a more granular (but not TOO granular) system could be developed to assist in identifying collaboration opportunities outside of a home campus. The team then went one step further to identify some of the broader contemporary themes that are challenging higher education to begin mapping identifier tags to “large scale” problem solving. The matrix and tagging process can be used by institutions to provide an overarching coherence and uniform structure for the awarding, assessment, and reporting of internal seed grants, and to align and connect their seed grants with broader national initiatives.