Acquire Tools for Change

The Olin Collaboratory has established productive short- and long-term partnerships with a diverse range of schools and institutions. Olin faculty enable and equip partner teams to engage in innovative educational design with tools that facilitate student motivation, hands-on learning and other elements of the revolutionary Olin curriculum.

Partnerships are customized to achieve specific goals, such as the reinvigoration of existing programs, culture change and even the founding of new schools. Examples include:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made substantial changes to its first year engineering experience reaching 1,600 students through co-development with Olin in concert with UIUC’s iFoundry, an internal engine for change. The new approach is intended to foster student enthusiasm through team- and project-based learning.
  • Singapore Polytechnic (SP) faculty attended Olin’s Summer Institute; and an Olin contingent traveled to the Singapore campus to hold two curriculum development workshops there. SP has now created a number of new programs, including its Engineering APEX program, which was designed to equip engineers to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Olin professors worked with University of Chile-Santiago (UCS) Professor Patricio Poblete to implement a course for UCS based on the User Oriented Collaborative Design course offered at Olin. More recently, UCS has returned to engage with the Olin Collaboratory to explore a significant revision of its curricula.
  • In 2009, Creighton University received a federal grant to create a program in Energy Technology. After attending a Summer Institute workshop, Creighton engaged Olin faculty as consultants to work with the University during the 18 months leading up to the program's launch. Creighton also hired an Olin grad as a leader for the new program, which is now successfully up and running.


Vest Scholars Program

Currently for UK graduate students and post-docs only.  

Olin seeks a like-minded post-graduate (including post-doctoral) partner through the Vest Scholars program, to engage with us as a learner and co-teacher and to become a part of our community. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about exploring new pedagogical and curricular approaches, embracing educational reform and innovation, and committed to translating best practices to their eventual learning environment. We anticipate that they would explore research topics such as project-based learning, intrinsic motivation and autonomy, or self-efficacy, would create and co-teach in new pedagogic models, and would work with the Collaboratory to engage educators outside of Olin.

Olin is an undergraduate-focused institution; a Vest Scholar at Olin will have the opportunity for substantial professional development and engagement, but not for credit-bearing academic work. The Vest Scholar at Olin would both develop their own approaches to personalized education and learn how to create interdisciplinary, contextual learning experiences for students to help give them the tools to tackle the multidimensional Grand Challenges, and would emerge with a strengthened portfolio in both research and in education.  For more information, visit the Vest Scholars web page.