• Igniting Innovative Teaching & Learning

    Spark Tank!

  • Innovation Grants Challenge

    Submit your Teaching & Learning idea for a chance to win up to $5,000 to fund your project!

    The Faculty Center for Innovation is pleased to announce Spark Tank! – an innovation grants challenge designed to create community and invigorate faculty teaching and learning at Park University. Teams of 3 (faculty/student/staff combinations) pitch their innovative teaching and learning ideas for a chance to win up to $5,000 prize to fund their project! Cross-disciplinary and cross-campus projects are encouraged.

     

    Teams submit a written proposal and - if advanced to final round - selected teams will present at a SparkTank event during the Fall Faculty Conference. Pitches should be exciting, engaging, concise, and outline the project’s plan for implementation and ability to innovate teaching & learning at Park. The winning teams will receive up to $5,000 to implement their project during the 2018-2019 academic year and share the results of their project.

  • How to Apply

    Your application will require the following (no more than 5 pages double spaced):

    1. Project title & description
    2. Identify the university-wide challenges/opportunities your proposal addresses
    3. Rationale and anticipated impact for enhancing teaching & learning at Park
    4. Provide 3 measurable outcomes
    5. Describe how your team will evaluate each of those outcomes
    6. Detailed budget of resources needed 
    7. Timeline for implementation & collection of results/data
  • Apply Now

    Click below to submit your Spark Tank Proposal!

  • How to Pitch Your Idea

    The Process for Competing in Spark Tank!

    Round 1

     

     

    All applications are due April 30th! Teams are judged by an expert panel who will evaluate written proposals for innovative approach, clarity, feasibility, and impact.

    1. Innovation. Demonstrates a creative or innovative approach to teaching and learning practice in higher education. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an entirely new idea, just new to Park.
    2. Clarity: The project is clearly and concisely explained with a strong rationale to support its implementation and assessment of outcomes.
    3. Feasibility: The project can be realistically achieved during the allotted academic year and within the scope of the proposed budget.
    4. Impact: The project demonstrates relevance, value, and applicability to the Park community with potential for sustained impact.
    Based on judges’ collective scoring, a select group of finalists will move to the final round of judging. All applicants will be notified by June 1 or earlier.

    Round 2 (Live Competition)

    The judging criteria for the final round will include the above criteria as well as presentation of the pitch. During the live competition, finalists will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea. Pitches should be exciting, engaging, concise, and outline the project’s plan for implementation and ability to innovate teaching & learning at Park. The projects earning the most overall points in the scoring guide will be winners of the competition and will be awarded grant funds up to $5,000 per project. The audience will also have an opportunity to select their favorite pitches and influence the final selections.

  • Spark Tank Brainstorming Session

    April 9th (Monday) from 2:00-3:00pm, CST in Norrington Learning Lab or Zoom

    Join us!

    This is an opportunity to get together to discuss your potential ideas and find collaborators. Please join us onsite or via webinar. Or, if you'd like to collaborate virtually, feel free to check out the collaborative wiki.

     

    Examples of potential topics include (but are not limited to):

    • purchase a curriculum, 
    • bring in external guest speakers series, 
    • event series to help the university, 
    • create a common reader, 
    • software and hardware purchasing,
    • creation of virtual learning resources, 
    • 3-D printer/cartridge purchase with curriculum or programming to accompany its use, 
    • Google Glass or virtual reality headsets with programming to accompany its use, 
    • telepresence robot, 
    • pilot different video feedback in online courses and measure student satisfaction, 
    • stipend to compensate study pilots and evaluation on new teaching methods
    • redevelopment of 1-2 high enrollment courses to eliminate textbooks/textbook costs with a more innovative means of delivering content.
  • 2017-2018 Spark Tank Winners

    SkillPrep: Furthering Students’ Professional Goals through Career Development’s Reach

    Presented by: Ms. Leah Fletcher, Ms. Megan Raney, and Ms. Julie Massana

    SkillPrep: Furthing Students' Professional Goals through Career Development's Research submission

    What Minecraft Can Teach Us about Local Government and Classroom Learning

    Presented by: Dr. Susan Keim, Mr. Zac Jarrard, and Mr. William Graff

    What Minecraft Can Teach Us about Local Government and Classroom Learning submission

    Campus Preparedness Training

    Presented by: Dr. Melanie Smith, Dr. April Haberyan, and Mr. David Baker

    Campus Preparedness Training submission

  • 2017-2018 Spark Tank Presentations

    The Faculty Center for Innovation (FCI) is pleased to share with you the presentations from the top, six Spark Tank finalists. Click on the videos below to view the event that was held Aug 8, 2017.

    FCI Updates

    Introduction of Spark Tank Judges, MC and Finalists

    Kalli Chaffey, Student representative

    Stacey Kikendall, FCI Faculty representative

    Michelle Myers, Academic Affairs representative

    David Whittaker, Technology expert representative

    Michael Collins, Board of Trustees representative

    Adam Potthast, Event MC

    Behavioral Health Lab: Virtual Reality

    Presented by: Mr. Leon Probasco, Ms. Jill Kujawa, Mr. Wade Abel, and Mr. James Roberson

    Bridging the Classroom to the Profession

    Presented by: Ms. Kristin Shaw, Ms. Emilie Heston, and Ms. Cicely Nguyen

    Campus Preparedness Training

    Presented by: Dr. Melanie Smith, Dr. April Haberyan, and Mr. David Baker

    Park University Professional Enrichment Courses in Science: Staying Current at Work with Science Badges

    Presented by: Dr. Brian Hoffman, Dr. Donna Howell, and Dr. Alex Silvius

    SkillPrep: Furthering Students’ Professional Goals through Career Development’s Reach

    Presented by: Ms. Leah Fletcher, Ms. Megan Raney, and Ms. Julie Massana

    What Minecraft Can Teach Us about Local Government and Classroom Learning

    Presented by: Dr. Susan Keim, Mr. Zac Jarrard, and Mr. William Graff

    Spark Tank Winner Announcement

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