eFellows Grants - 2010

TIER 1 (awards up to $5,000)

Advanced Course Redesign for Blended or Online

Tier 1 is a full course redesign. Instructors may take up to a full semester to redesign a course from first principles, with the expectation that they will be delivered in the following semester. Courses may be delivered in an online or blended format.

TIER 2 (awards up to $2,000)

Partial Course Redesign

Tier 2 is an intermediate step between Tiers 1 and 3. It is smaller in scope than Tier 1, focusing on one or more aspects of a single course, rather than a full redesign. A Tier 2 project could eventually lead to a course redesign over time. Elements of Tier 2 can be introduced in the semester in which they are developed.

TIER 3 (awards up to $1,000)

Adoption of New Technology and Strategies 

Tier 3 eFellows projects are about the adoption of technology and the teaching strategies necessary to improve teaching and learning. Typically, a Tier 3 project only makes minor, but important changes, to an existing course, introduced over the course of a semester.

NOTE: Course numbers below reflect the OLD (3-digit) and NEW (4-digit) numbering systems, as S&T transitioned to a 4-digit course numbering system to be consistent with UM-System course numbering policies and practices.

Tier 1


  • Engineering Management 137 (now 1210) - Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects


Engineering Management 137: Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects will be developed into a blended format, which will run as a pilot with one or two sections during the Fall semester of 2010. Conversion of more sections to this format would occur for Spring semester 2010.

This course lends itself to a blended format with for example one meeting per week in the regular classroom setting followed by online work including homework problems, progress quizzes, and other assessments.

The major work will be to convert a pure synchronous course to a blended format. 

Dr. Ryan Hutcheson

Associate Teaching Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


  • Interdisciplinary Engineering 20 (now Mechanical Engineering 1720) - Introduction to Design


Interdisciplinary Engineering 20: Introduction to Design will be redesigned with a combination of both long and short term goals in mind.

Short term goals (Spring 2010 semester)

  1. Improve the quality of instruction provided in IDE20 by facilitating the access of course materials and expert knowledge
  2. Implement assessment measures within the course to directly measure outcomes
  3. Perform a thorough investigation into tools and practices for use in ongoing development of the course

Long term goals

  1. Reduce the seat time per student in the course by up to 33% (primarily through the restructuring of the software instruction portion of the course).
  2. Evaluate the long-term success of the redesign efforts and determine the suitability of applying the methods used in this course to other courses in the Mechanical Engineering department.


Dr. Jeff Thomas

Associate Teaching Professor
Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering


  • Interdisciplinary Engineering 110 (now Civil Engineering 2210) - Mechanics of Materials


There are several areas that Dr. Thomas will focus on:

Short Term:

  1. Evaluate Wiley Plus (or other tools) for the ability to create random quiz questions.
  2. Evaluate the delivery of lectures into reusable content that can be delivered in a variety of ways.
    1. Lectures
    2. Experiments
  3. Evaluate the labs that are used in IDE 120.
    1. What labs can be done remotely?
    2. What equipment/software can be utilized for remote labs?

Long Term:

  1. Pilot using remote labs as part of IDE 120.

Tier 2

There were no Tier 2 eFellows grants awarded in 2010.

Tier 3

There were no Tier 3 eFellows grants awarded in 2010.