Curriculum Innovation Fund
Curriculum innovation at Olin means reexamining courses, evaluating the progression of topics, connecting the material and considering faculty areas of expertise. Support enables faculty and students to not only propose but to test, build, demo and workshop the plans adapting a course syllabus or creating a new approach.
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What Curriculum Innovation Looks Like Today:
Assessment Advancement Project: developing and begin implementing a framework for assessment at Olin College called the Olin Learning Outcomes (OLOs) with series of workshops to motivate and teach faculty to link activities and products in their classes to the OLOs.
Biomimicry: Integration of Biology and Design: a new integrated course across the fields of Biology and Design on the topic of Biomimicry in Spring 2018. Oliners study natural wonders to appreciate the beauty and sophistication of life by investigating the biological mechanisms and functions of organisms as well as the dynamics of whole ecosystems, understanding how they work, creating models & prototypes to translate these insights into design ideas and practice.
Computational Biology Course Development: developing an integrated, interdisciplinary course offering in Computer Science and Biological Sciences with a basis of foundational Biology. This course will explore cutting edge approaches to problem solving in a manner that aligns well with Olin students’ varied interests.
ModSim in Python: developing a version of Olin’s ModSim foundation course that uses Python as the primary language and Jupyter notebooks as the development environment, as a replacement for MATLAB.
Quantitative Engineering Analysis (QEA) Course Development. The QEA Teaching Team continued innovation in a particularly critical curricular area: the math/science/engineering science “core”, which is present in all engineering programs across the world. The re-designed format includes produced material for Part 2 of the course.