ERIC Number: ED444670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Innovation Incubator Annual Report.
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
The document introduces a college program designed to encourage the initiation and evaluation of strategies to increase student learning through innovative teaching methods. It also contains reports on completed individual projects. The principal activity of the Innovation Incubator at the College of DuPage (Illinois) is to support specific research projects. Other Innovation Incubator sponsored activities have included discussion groups, development projects, and Net Site Bookmarks. Each project starts with an innovative idea proposed by a faculty member. The idea is then investigated and developed into a test project. Projects are implemented in some classes, measurements are taken, effects of the idea on learning are determined, and results are communicated throughout the college. Innovation Incubator projects have investigated the effects of various types of computer software, the internet delivery of courses, the student control in evaluations and course requirements, and the applications of course material to research or nonacademic pursuits. Instructors found higher attendance rates and student satisfaction in innovation groups. A study investigating the effects of Internet delivery of the CIS 100 curriculum, for example, provided evidence that the method of course delivery chosen by the student does not negatively affect student performance. However, the Internet-based students (innovation group) tended to contact the instructor more often than the paper-based control group. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.