Closing the Gap:
Experiential Education for All Undergraduates at Iowa 

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Experiential Course Development Grant Program – Applications now being accepted!  

Experiential learning is a priority of the University of Iowa campus, and multiple campus-wide initiatives focused on applied learning are underway in support of expanding access and creating additional opportunities on and off campus.  

As such, the P3 project Closing the Gap: Experiential Education for all Undergraduates aims to create more curricular experiential learning opportunities for students within their program of study.  

The purpose of this grant program is to increase undergraduate student access to and participation in experiential learning, particularly expanding access to students who are not otherwise participating in experiential learning. Integrating experiential learning into coursework is a way to build access to it into the student experience, reducing some time and cost barriers. As noted below, it also promotes reflection and integration with academic course concepts.  

It is the intent of this grant program to fund undergraduate experiential education courses that will be sustainable over time and offered on a regular basis. This will allow students to anticipate and plan for experiential learning opportunities in their programs of study, many of which require advance planning.

After securing this one-time funding, it is intended that grant awardees demonstrate the enhancement/impact/outcomes of the funds, in order to secure ongoing funding through their department or other means.  

For the purpose of the University of Iowa 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, experiential learning is defined as the practice of learning through applied experience –curricular or cocurricular, and guided reflection on those experiences (Kolb, 1984). These experiences help students apply knowledge and theory through conceptual, practical and reflective components. Experiential learning could include but is not limited to research, community engagement, internships, student-employment, study abroad, applied class work, student organization leadership, or service.

  1. Existing courses – already experiential  
    Existing undergraduate-level courses that are already experiential in nature and would like to enhance that component are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 in one-time funding and assistance in enhancing the applied elements of the course.  

  2. Existing courses – not yet experiential  
    Existing undergraduate-level courses that would like to apply for grant funds to remodel their course into a newly experiential course are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 in one-time funding and assistance in creating applied elements of the course.  

  3. New experiential courses 
    Academic departments that have ideas, concepts and instructor(s) for undergraduate-level courses that are not yet developed may apply for experiential course development funds through this program. Departments may apply for up to $3,000 for development and execution of the new course. 

Application open: January 3, 2022 

  • 1st Application close: The application will close on January 27, 2023 

  • 1st Notification: Awardees will be notified by February 10, 2023  

  • Note: New courses should be entered into the planner by February 17, 2023  

Extended timeline: 

  • 2nd application close: Feb 17, 2023 

  • 2nd Application notification date: March 3, 2023 

Support provided (financial and developmental) will include participation with the following offices as an expectation:

  • Stipend 

  • Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology (OTLT) Center for Teaching 

  • Support before, during, and after the course is taught 

  • Pomerantz Career Center, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, Office of Community Engagement dependent upon the course type 

  • Note on fund use: Funds may be used for course development and execution of the course experiential elements within the course, but not course instruction.  

All courses funded will meet with Pomerantz Career Center and the OTLT Center for Teaching to determine needs, discuss proposed course outcomes and future consultations necessary to achieve those agreed upon goals. At that time consultations with OTLT Center for Teaching, Pomerantz Career Center, Office of Community Engagement or Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates will be recommended to achieve those goals and an agreement will be made.

Existing courses: 

  • Above mentioned meeting, plus;  

  • After the course, have a minimum of one consultation one of the following: Pomerantz Career Center, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, Office of Community Engagement dependent upon the course type to discuss the course evaluation and OTLT Center for Teaching if agreed upon.

New Courses: 

  • Above mentioned meeting for all courses, plus; 

  • Have a minimum of one or two consultation meetings with an appropriate subject matter expert office (I.e. Pomerantz Career Center, Office of Community Engagement, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates)  

  • Have a minimum of one meeting with OTLT after the semester is over to discuss the course evaluation if agreed upon.

Here is a sample of the application questions.  

When ready, please submit your responses via this Qualtrics form.

Successful proposals will: 

  • Demonstrate departmental commitment to the sustainability of the course over multiple semesters through a letter of support from the departmental DEO and identified instructor or instruction team 

  • Identify the challenges in developing/revising the course, including current and previous barriers 

  • Describe what support would be most useful in developing or revising the experiential component of the course 

  • Include a course budget for two semesters of the course including targeted minimum enrollment for the course 

  • Include course summary, learning outcomes, modality, applied elements of course 

  • Include how you will promote or encourage student enrollment in this course 

  • Demonstrate how the course will expand access to students who are not otherwise participating in experiential learning. And/or, demonstrate how the course’s experiential learning will be enhanced by the funding.  

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Angi McKie at angi-mckie@uiowa.edu. For questions from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences departments, please contact Jennifer Eimers at jennifer-eimers@uiowa.edu.