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d'Arbeloff Fund seeks proposals for innovative curricular projects

The d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education is seeking preliminary proposals for faculty-led projects to enhance the educational experience of MIT undergraduates, preferably those that affect large numbers of students or transcend specific departmental curricula. Preliminary proposals of two to three pages are due by Friday, Oct. 5.

The fund was established by Brit d’Arbeloff SM ’61, and Alex d’Arbeloff ’49 with a generous gift of $10 million in 1999.

According to Diana Henderson, dean for curriculum and faculty support, “This year with the advent of MITx, the review committee is welcoming proposals for projects that will explore ways in which online-learning experiments can help MIT faculty teach in the MIT residential educational system. Projects that span multiple subjects are encouraged, as is the development of modules to be used within a subject or across subjects.”

Henderson said that the committee is also interested in enhancements of subjects offered in the first-year and in the General Institute Requirements (GIRs), as well as in proposals fostering faculty participation in the educational experiences of undergraduates beyond the classroom, such as mentoring and advising, especially of freshmen.

After reviewing the preliminary proposals, the committee will invite some applicants to submit a final proposal by Friday, Nov. 30. Applicants should be prepared to attend an assessment workshop in November. Application guidelines are available on the d’Arbeloff site. Please contact the Office of Faculty Support at 3-6776 or for more information.

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