20. Individual teaching project or other project

Guidelines for the Design and Description of

Your Teaching Project

1.     The problem or question

What is the problem (or opportunity) you wish to address with your project?

Be sure to apply for IRB approval for your project.

Describe what you see in your students’ behavior that you wish to change, for example, aspects of content (e.g. test scores), process (e.g. ability to work in a group), or climate (e.g. morale). Be as specific as possible in describing what you have seen. This will determine what you look for to determine whether you have met your project objectives.

List the learning objectives that students will be able to achieve better after you implement your project. Put them in active statements, such as, “After completing this course, you will be able to define (analyze, identify, etc.)...

2.     Context

What have others done (at your institution or elsewhere) to address this problem? Early in the FLC you may not have much of an answer here; in fact, investigating the literature may be part of your project. What topics will you investigate on databases such as ERIC or Google Scholar?

3.     Proposed Solution

How will you plan to solve the problem or answer the question? Describe what you will do to change/improve the behavior you described in item 1.

Are you doing anything differently than others have attempted? Why or why not? Why do you propose that your approach will succeed better than prior attempts or will work better with your students or course?

4.     Assessment

How will you determine the success and effectiveness of your solution and the impact of your project? Do you plan to determine pre and post results? How will you know that the behavior of your students has changed/improved? Note: You may not be able to obtain your results by the end of your FLC year. However, you should have a plan in place to evaluate your project and report on the results. Remember, “You cannot save by analysis what you bungled by design.” (Light, 1990).

5.     Timeline

How will your project progress? Indicate the dates of project initiation and completion for each step of your design, implementation, and assessment.


This project has been supported in part by grants from the US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Ohio Board of Regents.