Committee on Beautiful Ideas (COBI)

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In 2005, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning, thanks to a Title V grant, put together the Committee On Beautiful Ideas (COBI) to explore and cultivate cross-disciplinary scholarship for effective teaching and learning.  To accomplish this goal, COBI created the COBI Initiative to create conditions for faculty and administrators across divisions and disciplines to explore, exchange, create, craft, and transform ideas spontaneously and thoughtfully by providing small and large group interactions that allow participants to share and reflect through conversation and brainstorming. The initiative consisted in soliciting and reviewing grant proposals from faculty and then awarding mini-grants. Faculty members submitted their “beautiful ideas” in teaching and learning, and winning proposals received funding and release time to put the proposals into practice. The initiative run from 2005 to 2011.

COBI History

 

COBI Awards

 

Proposal Review Rubric

 

This video shows a recollection of images from the different activities in the first edition of the COBI initiative in 2005-2006:

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