The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) invites proposals for the Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants (TLTR Pilot Project Grants) for projects in Spring 2021. The TLTR will be awarding grants worth up to $5,000 to fund innovative teaching projects that incorporate new technologies and can be used as a model for other faculty. The TLTR especially encourages projects to help the university adapt to teaching and learning during the Pandemic. This call specifically seeks proposals to support online teaching and learning or socially-distanced teaching and learning.
Who can apply to the TLTR?
Tenure-track and non-tenure-track (including adjunct) faculty are encouraged to apply.
What projects are eligible for funding?
TLTR grants are available for a wide range of activities for faculty establishing new approaches to innovation and technology in the classroom. Projects should be related to a specific pedagogical project and not to a faculty member’s professional development. In addition, projects need to have the potential to be adopted for students in other courses or learning contexts. Note that projects do not need to focus exclusively on technology use; innovative teaching methods that are supported by technology (such as flipping the classroom) are also eligible.
Potential project categories can include
- Equipment purchases. Grants could be used to purchase software, apps, peripherals, and devices such as tablets, digital cameras, or smartboards, including equipment for learning spaces, such as moveable whiteboards or wireless projection.
- Faculty training. Faculty could attend a conference, seminar, or workshop that will train them in technology integration for the classroom that directly supports a pedagogical project. Proposals should include plans to disseminate to the campus community, e.g., by leading a workshop.
- Staff time from an instructional designer, developer, technology staff, or student ambassador. Faculty could partner with a staff member to develop a new course component such as an interactive website-based unit. This type of award will be subject to consideration of the staff member’s expertise and workload as related to the timeline and scope of the proposed project.
- Hosting an event for faculty development. Grants could be used to organize an event exploring a particular pedagogical style, such as hosting an “unconference” or a THATCamp or organizing a community or practice or reading group to explore a new pedagogy.
**Please note that funds cannot be used for course releases, faculty stipend, or other purposes that would be classified as faculty pay by HR and the business office.**
Potential projects to be implemented in any of the following semesters will be eligible:
- Spring 2021
- Summer 2021
Can I apply for more than one project at a time?
Yes. Faculty are eligible to submit two proposals at a time. Funding priority will go to supporting as many faculty as possible but there is a chance that both proposals will be accepted.
What is the deadline for submission?
Statement of Interest: October 30, 2020.
Final proposals: November 20, 2020.
No final proposals will be reviewed if a Statements of Interest was not received and reviewed in advance.
Statements of Interest and Final Applications
Statement of Interest
Statements of Interest consist of 150 words describing the proposed project, as well as a list of expected purchases. Instructional Technology staff will review Statements of Interest to make sure the proposed pilot is feasible or necessary. Instructional Technology may recommend alternate technologies, confirm that the university already possesses proposed technologies, and give advice on the project budget. (Statements of Interest will not be reviewed by the selection committee.)
All Statements of Interest should be submitted electronically by completing the 2020-2021 TLTR Pilot Statement of Interest Form.
Final applications should be submitted using the 2020-2021 TLTR Pilot Application Form.
We have moved from a proposal to an application completed in a google form and emailed support from your Dean and Chair. The application is located here: 2020-2021 TLTR Pilot Application Form. Emails of support can be sent to Rebecca Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your application by November 20, 2020 and request that letters of support be submitted by then.
To prepare your application, review the Application Process & Form Preview below.
If you have any questions about the Innovation Fellowship or would like to discuss possible projects, please contact:
- Rebecca Frost Davis, Associate Vice President of Digital Learning, email@example.com
- Brenda Adrian, Associate Director of Instructional Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Process & Form Preview
Emails of Support
As part of the application process, all applicants must provide an email of support from their department chair, endorsed by the dean. Chairs and deans should send these emails directly to Rebecca Davis at email@example.com by November 20, 2020 and cover the following points:
- Their reasons for supporting this candidate’s application, including how this project will advance the goals of the department, school, and/or university, as well as how it will support the professional development of the faculty member.
- Confirmation that the course in question will be offered by the TLTR Pilot Grant candidate in during the grant period.
- If the candidate is a contingent faculty member, confirmation that they will be employed at St. Edward’s University during the grant period.
To apply, please fill out the 2020-2021 TLTR Pilot Application Form (a google form). Total application length is around 1200 words, not counting name, contact, course information, and purchase list. Word limits are maximums; feel free to write less. Here is the information you should gather in advance.
- Project Title
- Course number and title
- Semester and year course will be offered
In 250 words or less describe the project, its significance, and its potential for application broadly. We use this text to share with the broader community about the pilots being conducted, so write for an audience of your colleagues at St. Edward’s. (250 words or less)
What problem, challenge, opportunity, or other issue causes you to believe that this project is necessary? For example, did some technology, emerging social situation, or rapidly changing environment provide a new context for which non-traditional learning methods could or should be considered? Faculty members who have also applied for an Innovation Fellowship for the same project should explain how this pilot will support their proposed fellowship project. (250 words or less)
Explain the project’s overall design as well as more detailed information about the assignments or activities it involves. (250 words or less)
What do you need us to buy? Any idea how much it costs? Give us a list. Instructional Technology staff can help here. Grants are capped at $5,000 but can be less.
Statement of Innovation
Describe what makes this project new, different, or substantially improved on existing practices. Innovations may be new to St. Edward’s or your school/department even if they are used somewhere else. Or they might be a new application of an existing tool/practice. (100 words or less)
Pedagogical Value and Impact on Students
How do you see your changes impacting student learning and/or the broader student experience? Is there any supporting scholarship or research available? (Where did you get this idea?) (250 words or less)
Potential for Adoption
Explain how your project may provide a model, strategies, or other valuable information that could guide other faculty in adopting similar approaches. Specify other departments, schools, or programs that might benefit. (100 words or less)
The Selection Process
Grant recipients will be decided upon by the TLTR Grants Selection sub-committee. This sub-committee will be comprised of at least 3 faculty members, 2 instructional technology staff members, and the CTE director. The Selection sub-committee follows an established review practice:
- Copies of the applications are circulated to all members of the sub-committee for review. Sub-committee members read each proposal and rank them, adhering closely to the application categories.
- The sub-committee then meets and holds an in-depth discussion of the top-ranked projects, leading to a final consensus decision based on both the scoring and the discussion.
- Particularly large or complex projects will be reviewed by the entire TLTR committee and may require a presentation from the applicant to the TLTR committee.
What criteria will I be evaluated by?
These grants were created to enable faculty to pursue innovative teaching that improves student learning in the classroom and the larger St. Edward’s community. Therefore preference will be given to applicants that most clearly demonstrate the project’s innovative nature, pedagogical value, and potential for adoption. In addition, your ability to explain your project in terms of the need it fills and your plans for the project’s execution and assessment is crucial to the committee’s ability to evaluate your project. Thus, carefully written proposals stand a better chance of success.
|October 30, 2020||Statements of Interest due.|
|November 20, 2020||Final Proposals due–deadline extended.|
|December 4, 2020||Grants are announced.|
|December & January 2020||Instructional Technology & CTE staff help grant recipients develop revised, detailed pilot plans, including final budget, timeline, equipment specs, and pedagogical design.|
|Spring/Summer 2021||TLTR Co-chairs will check in with grant recipients for project updates.|
|Fall 2021||Grant recipients report to TLTR committee on current state of the project. TLTR provides formative feedback.|
|December 31, 2021||Grant recipients submit final written report of results of the funded project to TLTR chairs.|