Blended Learning Grant Program

WILLIAM G. JACKSON CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING BLENDED LEARNING GRANT SOLICITATION (2013-14)

The recent generous gift from William G. Jackson gives the Center for Teaching and Learning the ability to solicit proposals for blended learning project grants. Academic departments or teams of instructors are invited to propose projects that support course/program reform or expansion and use blended and online learning techniques. Grants will be awarded at the following levels:

$1000 grants: individual conference travel to learn blended/online techniques and share with our instructors OR  a small scale course development or outreach project

$5000 grants: development of a moderate course/program or portion of a large course in a blended/online format (predicted impact >60 students per term)

$10,000 grants: development of a large course or program in a blended/online format (predicted impact >200 students/term)

Selected projects can also request/expect substantial support from the eLearning staff and students, both in terms of design consultation and course implementation.   Total award amounts are expected to be $50,000 each year for two years (2013-14, 2014-15).

Timeline for first grant cycle (2013-2014)

Oct 1, 2013 Grant Applications are open
Oct 15, 2013 CTL Coffee Chat: What Blended Learning should be at Tech and grant Q &A (3:30-4:30 PM, Van Pelt and Opie Library East Reading Room)  
Oct 31, 2013 Intent to apply entry is due:  Fill out this form to be added to a Canvas course where materials will be collected.
Nov 3, 2013 Grant applications are due at 11:59 pm.
Early December Awards will be announced.
January 1, 2014 Project work begins.
August 31, 2014 Project/course should be ready to be implemented, assessed and/or disseminated.

Criteria

Grants will be awarded to blended learning projects that are the most strategically transformative, have demonstrated need and will have short-term impacts on courses and/or programs at Michigan Tech. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing a more effective active-learning classroom (effective => based on research or benchmarks)
  • Increased enrollment capacity or scheduling flexibility in a documented area of need (additional, cost-reduced, or time-flexible course offerings)
  • Expanding awareness of what Michigan Tech has to offer (MOOC-like outreach efforts, online courses that serve as a gateway for prospective students, etc.)

Endorsement of the project by appropriate Department chair(s) or Dean(s) is required, and proposals partially supported by department resources will receive preference.  Selection the first year grant awards will be done by a committee that is assembled by the Provost and CTL director. The committee will be comprised of individuals who are not involved in proposals and who have an interest in blended learning.

Submission

The application will be available in Canvas for those who fill out an intent to apply form  no later than October 31, 2013.   The application requires responses to six questions (listed below) PLUS a Chair/Dean endorsement letter.  Full applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on November 3, 2013.  Questions about proposals can be directed to Mike Meyer (mrmeyer@mtu.edu),  Director of the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

Application Questions

  • Describe the proposed project.
  • Estimate the number of students impacted/influenced by this project.  Show historical, inquiry or other appropriate data to support this estimate.
  • Why is your project “strategic”?  That is, how will students, staff, or faculty benefit if this is made a priority at Michigan Tech? 
  • List all instructors and staff involved.  Include a very brief (1-2 sentence) statement of relevant experience or skill that indicates them as important contributors to this project.
  • How will the eLearning group need to be involved in this project?  Give estimates of the type of and amount of support that will be needed.
  • Give an estimated budget for how the grant money would be spent.  Include departmental or other contributions (if appropriate) to give a full picture of how the grant fits within the project.
  • Submit Department Chair/Dean endorsement, which should include departmental commitments and the chair’s signature.