Blended Learning Grant Program

WILLIAM G. JACKSON CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING BLENDED LEARNING GRANT SOLICITATION (2014-15)

The generous gift from William G. Jackson once again gives the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning the ability to solicit grant proposals for course/program reform or expansion projects using blended and online learning.  Potential applicants for these grants would be instructors or teams of instructors. 

Grants will be awarded at the following levels:

$1000 grants: individual travel to a conference with a blended/online focus with sharing to other 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 CTL staff, both in terms of design consultation and course implementation.   Total of all awards in this cycle is expected to be $50,000.

Timeline for grant cycle (2014-2015)

Nov 3, 2014 Grant Applications open
Dec 1, 2014 Intent to apply form due:  Fill out this form to be added to a Canvas course where materials will be collected.
Dec 8, 2014 11:59 PM Grant applications due.
Early January Awards announced
Feb 2, 2015 Project work begins
August 31, 2015 Project/course should be ready to be implemented, assessed and/or disseminated.

Criteria

Grants will be awarded to proposals for strategically transformative, need-demonstrated, short-term impacts on courses and/or programs at Michigan Tech through the use of blended learning technologies.  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.)

The grant proposal should not exceed 1500 words in length and MUST include:

  • Endorsement by appropriate department chair(s) or dean(s)
  • Answers to all "Application Questions" below (budget, personnel, impact, and assessment) 

Grant proposals which include any of the following aspects will receive preference:

  • Mentoring of instructors currently unfamiliar with blended learning techniques by experienced instructors
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Creation of content that will be shared/utilized by several instructors or GTAs
  • Matching or partial support (in terms of money or time) from department(s)
  • Techniques that explore increased academic integrity through computerized/blended testing
  • Projects that help guide instruction and measure student progress toward achievement of program and university learning goals

Selection of the grant awards will be done by a committee assembled by the Provost and CTL Director.  The committee will be comprised of individuals not involved in proposals and who have an interest in blended learning.

Submission

The application will be available in Canvas to those who fill out an intent to apply form no later than December 1, 2014.    Full applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on December 8, 2014.  Questions about proposals can be directed to Mike Meyer (mrmeyer@mtu.edu), Director of the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. NOTE: Include Department Chair/Dean endorsement, which should include departmental commitments and the chair's signature.

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 CTL staff 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.
  • How do you expect to measure the effectiveness of your project in terms of student attitudes and/or student learning?