The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded a gift in 2009 by computer maker Lenovo as one of four Lenovo Innovation Centers worldwide participating in its Educational Research Initiative. The primary focus of UNC’s work is the implementation and evaluation of a new generation of professional development strategies for faculty and graduate instructors.
The CFE set aside a portion of the gift for instructional grants that have been used by Carolina faculty members to promote innovation in the areas of collaborative learning, global education, and engaging large class sections. Information on funded projects to date is available in the annual reports for the program.
CFE/Lenovo funding for 2012 will focus on innovation in large classes. Enhancing large class experiences is a strategic priority at a time when the number of large enrollment courses is increasing, due in large part to recent budget cuts.
Awards for the 2012 CFE100+ Large Course Redesign Grants program were recently announced.
Please visit CFE100+ for more information on the large classes initiative.