Call for Informatics Curriculum Development Proposals Deadline for proposals: March 6, 2009 For more information please contact Lisa Bievenue (email@example.com, 333-8426) https://www.informatics.uiuc.edu/display/icubedgrant Background: With the Illinois Informatics Initiative we will lead an integrated approach to information systems, focusing on knowledge creation in the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts, and on decision support for business and government. The initiative will address both the social and technical aspects of information systems, [… and …] aims to invent the information environments of the future and educate those who will build and use them. -- UIUC Strategic Plan, 2006 The Illinois Informatics Institute (I ) promotes cross-unit informatics research programs and also manages educational informatics programs that cannot run from within a single unit. Developing coordinated informatics instruction throughout campus is also a central goal of a NSF grant recently awarded to Professor Lenny Pitt (Computer Science): iCUBED – Informatics and Computation Ubiquitous throughout Baccalaureate Education. The vision behind iCUBED is to transform how we think about computer science and informatics instruction: to engage students in an instructional continuum that cultivates their computational informatics expertise within their chosen field. To realize this vision, the award provides seed funds to develop new informatics curricula and materials to be embedded within disciplinary curriculum programs, for at least 15 courses over several years at ~$10,000 each (additional funding may also be available from other sources). In the 2008-09 academic year 8 curriculum development 3 proposals from 9 departments or units were funded with a combination of iCUBED and I funds. For course descriptions see https://www.informatics.uiuc.edu/display/icubedgrant/2008/. We are currently accepting proposals for new course or materials development (for infusion into existing courses) for the 09-10 academic year (development to occur during summer 09). Proposals should consider the following priorities, use the format described below, and should be submitted via e-mail to Lisa Bievenue at firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 6, 2009. 3 Priorities for iCUBED Curriculum Development Proposals: New Fields, New Bridges – The proposed course, or course modification, is in a field that has not traditionally embraced informatics, in a field in which there is inadequate informatics infusion at the undergraduate level (compared to the workforce or graduate level), or is a course that promises to bridge informatics to new areas and fields. Interdisciplinary – The proposed course/course modification includes applications that require knowledge in, or impact, more than one discipline Impact – The proposed course/course modification will reach a significant number of students who will participate in the course and/or somehow contribute to other courses and faculty development. (e.g., the course will be required/strongly recommended by advisors, more than one faculty member will be able to teach the course, there is evidence of student support and a market for the course). Sustainable – The proposed course/course modification is coordinated with existing curricular programming, and has departmental and college support (e.g., computational tools and issues are being infused into established courses, the department or college will support content updates as software becomes obsolete, open source materials will be used to minimize obsolescence, there is potential to leverage further support elsewhere--perhaps to expand or make persistent). Information to include in the proposal: PI name Department E-mail Phone Team – please include all involved faculty, staff and students Previous experience in informatics instruction and research Need for this course or set of courses Plan for course/curriculum development, including timeline Required resources Budget request – allowable costs include graduate support, summer salary, travel, materials & supplies; also include information about other sources of support if applicable Letters of support/commitment – At least one letter of support should indicate commitment by the unit for the course to be taught in the 09/10 academic year. This and other letters should also provide evidence of long-term commitment (e.g., departmental support to co-teach the course, plans to continue offering the course in the future, additional faculty becoming prepared to teach the course, plans to integrate materials into required sequences). Criteria for Evaluating Curriculum Development Proposals In addition to the priorities noted above, proposals will be reviewed on the following issues. • Is there significant need and could it happen without iCUBED support? • Is the plan reasonable and likely to result in new materials, curriculum? 3 • Is the proposed course/curriculum aligned with I and Informatics minor specifications?