Center for Online Innovation in Learning announces spring 2017 grant recipients

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State has announced it will fund four new projects through its Research Initiation Grant Program. The goal of the COIL grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger studies that enhance teaching and learning through online innovation. The core mission of COIL is to build and sustain a culture of innovation, collaboration and invention focused on improving teaching and learning.

The following four projects have received grants from COIL’s spring 2017 round of funding:

Brad Zdenek, innovation strategist for COIL, was part of the applicant review process and said he felt privileged to explore the innovative work being pursued across the University.

“During this round, we received 18 incredibly strong proposals offering innovative solutions to diverse learner needs,” Zdenek said.

“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.”

COIL’s Research Initiation Grant program began in 2012, and funding has been made available to applicants each fall and spring semester.

For more information about the Research Initiation Grant program and past recipients, visit COIL online.