Course Design Technology Grants Application Process
Applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with one of the individuals listed below prior to submitting a proposal.
To apply for a Course Design Technology Grant, a cover page and proposal must be submitted no later than February 2, 2015. Submissions can include a complete hard copy of the cover page with original signatures and the proposal, or a hard copy with original signatures of the cover page with a Word file containing the remainder of the proposal. Proposals should be submitted to Kate Beverage in the ATC (x6012, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be reviewed by representatives from the ATC and from the Educational Development Council (EDC), including at least two faculty and a student. Applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decisions in D-term.
Proposals should contain:
- Cover page
- Narrative: The narrative should not exceed five double-spaced pages and should include the following:
- The scope of the teaching challege to be addressed
- The objectives of the project
- A description of the proposed design, including specifics on how technology will be included and how it will assist with achieving the objectives.
- Expected results
- A plan for evaluating the results of the project
- A plan for sharing the course design experience with others at WPI (i.e. making a presentation at a Food for Thought session or department meeting)
- A timetable for development, implementation, and evaluation of the project
- Budget with Justification (see below)
- Faculty compensation, which will be funded as a stipend and has generally been limited to $3,000 or less for worthy projects
- Student hourly wages (not tuition)
- Software or hardware
- Fees for an assessment consultant, typically on the order of $500
Grants for single investigators focusing on a single course or project center have ranged from $3,000 to $7,000 in recent years. The EDC/ATC encourages multiple investigator, program-wide, and/or cross-disciplinary initiatives, which would be suitable for higher levels of funding.
Typical allowable costs include:
- hourly wages for students (not tuition);
- faculty compensation (note 1);
- fees for an assessment/evaluation consultant;
- supplies, software, and equipment (note 2); and
- travel and professional development related to the project.
Evidence of cost-sharing from the program or department, or from other sources, often strengthens a proposal but is not essential.
Note 1: Applicants are encouraged to hire students for project activities whenever appropriate. Faculty compensation is appropriate only for activity that extends beyond normal teaching expectations; applicants are advised to address this point in their budget justification. Faculty compensation may be used either for summer support or academic year release time (pending approval of department head). For full-time faculty and staff, benefits will not be charged to these grants.
Note 2: This grants program does not provide funding for software and equipment for routine education of WPI students since that normally comes from department capital or IT budgets. However, software or equipment necessary for enabling pedagogical innovation is suitable for funding.
Questions about the program can be addressed to any of the following individuals:
Mary Beth Harrity
Associate Director, ATC
Chrysanthe Demetry, Ph.D.
Director, Morgan Teaching & Learning Center
Last modified: Nov 14, 2014, 15:09 EST