CTL/IT Online Learning Equipment Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning are kicking off the first round of the Online Learning Equipment Grant Program.  

Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make $5,000 available each Fall and Spring semester to fund grants for equipment used to create and/or teach a fully online course(s) at Michigan Tech.

Grant applications will be judged based on:

  • The potential impact of the course(s) (i.e., Does it have the potential to attract lots of new, truly online students? Will it help start or improve an online degree program? etc.)
  • How critical is the requested equipment for successful creation and/or teaching of the online course?
  • Is the equipment chosen cost effectively (i.e., Is this the best tool at the best price?)
  • A full departmental match of funds will be expected and looked upon favorably.

Grant applications should include:

  1. A list of specific items to be purchased with prices for each either from the Online Learning Equipment list or a quote from I.T. Procurement, and a total cost for all items to be purchased.
  2. A list of course(s) that will be created/taught with the requested equipment.
  3. A description of how this equipment will be used to create and/or teach that online course(s).
  4. If appropriate, a commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager.  (Faculty who manage their own incentive accounts may make this commitment for themselves.).  

For successful grants, CTL and departmental account codes (for matching funds) will used to purchase the equipment using the included quotes.  To make this process easier, we have created a list of common equipment.  Items on this list have been pre-priced for use in grant applications and can be indicated by just referencing the item’s number from the list.   This list is not comprehensive, and other items will be considered with equanimity, but do require the applicant to secure a price quote from I.T. Procurement.  

Total awards of approximately $5,000 are expected. The number of grants awarded and amounts will be determined by the above criteria. Consultations with someone from the CTL are available if you would like help determining what equipment would best help accomplish your goals.

Submission Method

Email your submissions to ctl@mtu.edu.  Be sure to address the four numbered items listed above in an attached document or in the body of your email.  Include any commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager as an attached document.

Due dates for proposals

The due date for proposals is Sunday, April 2.  Review of all applications received on or before Sunday, April 2 will begin on Monday, April 3.

Grants Awarded

Grant recipients will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, April 12.

Michigan Tech Choirs Present Benefit Concert: Music for a Sacred Space

Join the Michigan Tech Choirs for an evening of sacred choral music presented in its natural habitat, the local treasure that is the magnificent space of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden. The concert will feature music of many different countries and cultures, with devotional music ranging from South Africa, Germany, England, Canada and 19th-century America. 

TheMichigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, Jared Anderson,
conductor, present "Music for a Sacred Space" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 St. Joseph's Church, Lake Linden. Free-will donations in any amount are welcomed.
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WCHA Semifinal Playoff Tickets Now On Sale

Michigan Tech hosts Minnesota State in a best-of-three WCHA Semifinal series this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and if necessary, Sunday.

The Huskies are the No. 2 seed and advanced with a sweep of Lake Superior State. Third-seeded Minnesota State swept Alaska to advance.

Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex, online or over the phone by calling 7-2073. Tickets are $20 for reserved adult seats and $12 for reserved youth seats.

Michigan Tech students will have until noon Thursday (March 9) at noon to request tickets using this Google Form. Tickets are first-come first-serve seats, and you must have a ticket and a valid Michigan Tech student ID to gain entrance into the game. As always, a student shuttle will run between the dorms and the SDC beginning at 6 p.m. on game nights.

Anderson, Heise named all GLIAC

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team had two players selected for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason honors, announced Friday night by the conference office. Senior guard Morgan Anderson was named to the All-GLIAC First Team and redshirt junior Brenna Heise was picked for the All-GLIAC Second Team.

Anderson, who hails from De Pere, Wisconsin, powers the Michigan Tech offense with a 16.0 points per game scoring average. 

Heise, who is from New London, Wisconsin, is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game and is the top rebounder on the club at five boards per contest. She also averages 1.2 steals and 1.5 assists per contest.
The official GLIAC press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Gradudate Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (March 13) in Great Lakes Research Center room 202. Latika Gupta (SBE) will present "Oil Prices and Fiscal Balances of Net Oil Exporting countries."

A sharp decline in oil prices benefits net oil-importing nations and hurts net oil exporters. Gupta's paper examines the relationship between fiscal balances of net oil-exporting countries and oil prices. Existing research on oil prices focuses on macroeconomic effects and on developed countries. There is a lack of research of fiscal effects of oil prices, and those that do have primarily focused on the US.  Her paper contributes to existing literature by investigating the fiscal effects of oil prices on the top net oil-exporting countries in the world, thereby getting a mix of developing and developed countries.



In the article in yesterday's Tech Today regarding MTRAC Applied Advanced Materials Funding Opportunity, it should have noted a letter of intent to begin the application process is due March 31 not March 3, as the article originally stated.

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) published the paper "An Involution Inequality for the Kullback-Leibler Divergence," in Math Inequal Appl 20 (2017). An abstract of the paper is available here.

On the Road


Lu Presents Paper at Hong Kong Policy Design Workshop

PhD student Hongmei Lu, Social Sciences, presented her paper "Public-private Partnerships in Chines Urban Green Infrastructure Initiatives: The Case of Shanghai," at the Workshop on Policy Instruments for Pollution Control in China: Design, Implementation and Impact at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology March 3-4.