Donald A. Cox
Assistant to the Associate Provost
The presentation will highlight the first year of activities associated with a transinstitutional initiative involving faculty from Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, Rice University, the University of Texas, Austin, Texas A&M University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Faculty Innovations Profile Project (FIPP) initiative consists of design studio events, research teams, and a community-of-practice Web site. Initiative members have engaged in the design and development of a community oriented Web site supporting the use of knowledge networking tools involving informatics-based algorithms for indexing innovations supporting meaningful connections between learning and research. The tools are being designed to support multi-definitional coding of innovations, with associated resources, in affinity relationship structures for retrieval and use by networked communities of faculty. Initiative members, from across the institutions meet monthly via IP videoconferencing and conduct on-site design studio events to expand, share, and assess promising innovations among faculty.
(still under development)