Student Learning Enhancement Project

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Student Learning Enhancement Project


The Goal
The Student Learning Enhancement Project began in the fall of 2008 with a funding goal of $450,000.  Much of student learning today is done in small groups using digital educational technologies.   Many information resources, including journals and study materials, are now accessed online.  Testing is often computer-based and both teachers and learners need to be talented in the use of technology.  Our goal is to prepare our students as life-long learners equipped to practice evidence-based medicine.

The Situation
In Peoria, the College of Medicine and the Library of Health Sciences are working together to raise funds to create new computer labs with the newest information and communication technologies, state-of-the-art work stations, quiet rooms and group study areas, faculty development space for learning to use instructional technologies, video- conferencing room for distance learning, small classrooms for active, problem-based learning, and meeting and instructional space for community groups.  State support to UICOMP has not increased during the last 10 years and expenses have increased.  We are largely dependent on philanthropy.  For example, a donation of $5,000 will support the furnishing of a study room or classroom, $2,000 will purchase learning technologies for ‘smart’ classrooms, $1,200 will buy a computer for the Computer Learning Lab, $500 will create a multi—media workstation to access electronic collections, $250 will provide a comfortable reading chair or software to support learning.  There are opportunities for an individual, family or group to be recognized for larger donations.  A donation of $10,000, $15,000 or $25,000 would result in an instructional space or a study room displaying a plaque to acknowledge your donation.

The Impact 
About 46% of the physicians in practice in Peoria attended the U of I medical school or completed a residency in Peoria.  Your donation to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is an investment medical education and quality healthcare in Illinois.

The Promise
By the fall of 2010, ‘phase one’ of the Student Learning Enhancement Project will be completed in the library thanks to generous contributions from dedicated alumni, faculty, staff and friends.  Our hope, through your continued support, is to begin  ‘phase two’ of this project in 2011. 

Thanks for supporting Student Learning Enhancement Project. 

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