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Teaching and Technology Innovation Grants

The Collaborative for Teaching Innovation invites proposals from teams of faculty (2 or more faculty members) to explore pedagogical designs that incorporate technologies to enhance student learning, and that provide data on student learning. 

Timing of Funding Opportunities
Grant proposals are accepted on a rolling cycle throughout the year, with two formal rounds of submissions, during fall and spring. Proposals are solicited in October, with submission deadlines in November (November 30, 2017) and notification of awards in December. A second call for proposals is solicited in early April, with submission deadlines in early May and notification of awards in June.

Submission process
Proposals must be submitted via email to facultycollaborative@scu.edu.

Evaluation process
Each proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by the Teaching and Technology Committee appointed by the Co-Directors of the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation. The Committee will include the Collaborative’s Co-Directors and Faculty Associates, and 4-6 faculty from disciplines/areas not already represented by the Faculty Associates. The Teaching and Technology Committee will review proposals and determine which to fund and at what level of funding.  

Evaluation criteria
Overall, proposals are evaluated on the quality of the project and the potential impact on student learning, curriculum, or pedagogy within a significant component of a program, major, or the Core Curriculum. Given the goal to make the best strategic use of limited resources proposals with significant cost sharing from external grants, departmental budgets, or other sources of supplemental funding are encouraged.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that explore ways of facilitating active, collaborative, interdisciplinary, engaged or integrative learning, or  involve students as collaborators.

Other criteria used to evaluate proposals include:

  • Student needs or populations addressed - who are the students who will be affected by this; size and characteristics of student population
  • Enduring impact on an area of the curriculum
  • Impact on understanding of how to transform student learning
  • Improvement of instructional quality
  • Improvement of learning environment
  • Potential to serve as a model for wider campus adoption
  • Scalability
  • Transferability

For example, past projects have included:

  • Programmatic implementation of electronic portfolios (e.g., multiple sections of first-year courses)
  • Rethinking/redesigning in-class activities to take advantage of active learning classrooms (flexible, reconfigurable spaces that support student collaboration and integration of technology for group work)
  • Creating multimedia online resources (introductory modules, tutorials, reviews) to help students master “threshold concepts”
  • Curation of web-based resources to support learning in a particular content/multidisciplinary area

Reporting Requirements
Successful faculty teams will be asked to write up their experiences, results and assessment in a brief report and to share their experience in a CAFE - one of the Collaborative’s lunchtime conversations to share teaching practices with faculty colleagues offered throughout the academic year.

Proposal Format
In no more than 3 pages, proposals should provide the following information:

  • Title of project and Names/Departments/emails of all faculty participants
  • Provide a general description of the project, addressing:
    1. How will this project contribute to or enhance teaching and student learning, or our understanding of student learning? How do you envision using educational technology in this project?
    2. What research questions guide your project?
    3. A brief summary of any relevant research or project design (e.g., similar projects from other universities).
    4. How will you assess or evaluate the effectiveness of your project? Please be specific in describing your assessment approach and anticipated measures.
    5. Describe the relevant experience and context the faculty team brings to the project.
    6. What support will you need (e.g., from Academic Technology) to implement this project successfully?
    7. What other internal or external grant requests have you submitted to support this same proposal?
  • Budget:
    1. Each faculty member on the team will receive $1,500 as a stipend or in professional development funds for their projects. Professional development funds may be spent on travel, equipment, student wages, etc. Please specify in your budget which form of support (stipend or professional development funds) is preferred. Individuals within the team may have differing preferences.  
    2. In addition--as applicable--provide a budget that includes any expected costs beyond the $1500 per faculty participant. The budget can include costs associated with educational technologies and other materials. If you are proposing a project where students will need access to particular technologies, please note how many students will need those tools. For example, will students work in pairs with shared tools for the quarter?  How many will be needed?  Note: while faculty may retain tools (such as mobile devices), all student equipment will be provided on a “loaner basis”: students will turn the equipment in at the end of the quarter (or the completion of the project) so it can be used in subsequent projects.  
    3. Costs for equipment or software purchase essential to the project, equipment installation, first year operating expenses such as maintenance, travel, and training are appropriate.
    4. If you have questions about whether a particular expense is appropriate for a Teaching and Technology grant proposal, please contact any of the Collaborative Co-Directors - Chris Bachen, Nancy Cutler, or Eileen Elrod.
    5. Proposals to renew equipment obtained in a previous Technology Innovation grant will usually not be funded, since by definition the proposed use is no longer innovative.

Funding levels and success rates
As with any competitive funding opportunity, success rates depend on the funding available, the number of proposals received, the quality of the proposal, and the relation of the projects proposed to the funding criteria.