Dear Faculty, 

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the annual Faculty Technology Grants for the year 2018–2019. The Faculty Technology Grants are made possible through the president’s initiative to promote technology-enhanced teaching and learning at the University of Redlands.

Overview 
The Faculty Technology Grants are aimed at supporting faculty initiatives and projects to enhance higher level student learning and engagement through the effective use of technology. The grants support adoption of effective pedagogical practices and active learning models that may be applied across multiple courses by faculty at the University of Redlands. 

Proposals that reflect a broader impact across multiple courses and disciplines or otherwise involve collaboration and sharing of resources among faculty will be rated favorably. Successful proposals will clearly describe the implementation plan of a technology initiative or innovation in the classroom and its implications on student learning. Consider both emerging and existing technologies that may be most impactful, and focus on active learning to engage students in the classroom and beyond. High value class activities will require intentional design so that out-of-class reading, homework, and research activities prepare students for interactive and collaborative work during class meetings.

Strategic Focus Areas 
Faculty members may propose grant projects on any topic related to the integration of technology in their teaching. Based on emerging trends in instructional technology and University’s strategic goals, proposals aligned with one or more of the following themes are encouraged.

  • Incorporation of immersive technologies such as Virtual reality (VR), Augmented reality (AR), or Mixed Reality (MR) into the curriculum to provide a rich, multi-dimensional learning environment for the students.
  • Integrating makerspace into the classroom to facilitate experiential learning. The makerspace offers hands-on tools such as 3D printers, 3D scanner, VR & AR apps and hardware, and gamification and robotics-building software. 
  • Usage of video for student engagement and assessment. E.g. by incorporating video-based student projects and assignments using Kaltura, and developing video-based tutorials and learning modules to scaffold student learning.
  • Using web conferencing to connect students with institutions locally, nationally, and internationally to participate in collaborative projects and research; or for students and faculty to collaborate amongst each other on specific projects.
  • Development of new courses, or transformation of existing courses to the online, hybrid, or flipped format applying effective pedagogical practices.
  • Applying gamification to enhance student engagement. E.g. using BreakoutEDU or other web-based apps and game-building tools to develop classroom activities.
  • Usage and application of mobile devices and mobile apps for teaching and learning, with an emphasis on enhancing student active learning. 
  • Augmenting active learning using online quizzes, polls, and surveys, applying tools such as PollEverywhere, Google Forms, etc.
  • Applying GIS, mapping, geospatial analysis, 3D, and big data to for analyses, forecasting, and research. E.g. use of ArcGIS or ArcGIS Online to explore and analyze spatial data.
  • Use of social media and/or Web 2.0 tools to engage students in active learning. E.g. using tools such as Padlet, Thinglink, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Pitch your idea for a topic or theme that has not been listed. 

 

Please click here to review project summaries from grants awarded in previous years. 

Eligibility
Grant funding is available to full-time University of Redlands faculty. Visiting faculty members who partner with a full-time member are also invited to submit proposals.

Grant Recipient Expectations

  • Stipend amount for work completed will be paid through the payroll process and will be subject to income tax.
  • Requests for course releases cannot be granted.
  • Grant funding may not be used to upgrade/refresh an existing computer system issued by the University.
  • If equipment/software is purchased (at the discretion of the grants review committee) to support a project, the equipment/software will remain the property of the University of Redlands.
  • Prior to submitting a proposal, faculty should seek assistance in assessing project needs and determine if the available loaner hardware/software from the Center for Digital Learning or Media Services may meet certain needs.
  • Available loaner items include: laptops (complete with video and image editing software), Web cameras, video cameras, and mobile devices/tablets (iPads and Android). For more details, please contact Matt Waters at 909-748-8699 (ext. 8699) or matt_waters@redlands.edu.
  • Faculty members will work closely with the Instructional Technology team to implement their proposals.
  • Brief check-ins, via email or by phone, will occur throughout the project––please see the Dates and Deadlines section below.
  • Student evaluation of the technology enhancement will be conducted near the end of the term. The Instructional Technology team will provide technical and administrative support to faculty in conducting the student evaluation.
  • Faculty members will be expected to present their findings and final project as part of a technology showcase event in fall 2019. Details and a specific date will be announced.


Funding Limit

The maximum amount granted to any one project will be $5,000.


Application Process
Please click here to access and submit the online submission form

Proposals must be submitted online by Monday, October 29, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. 

Dates and Deadlines

Date

Milestones

Monday, October 29, 2018

Proposals due

Monday, November 12, 2018

Initial response by the committee

Monday, November 19, 2018

Final decision

Monday, January 14, 2019

Initial project check-in

Monday, March 4, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019 
Monday, May 20, 2019

Project follow-up check-ins

Monday, June 3, 2019

Project completion with final report

Fall 2019, Date TBD

Showcase of Faculty Projects 2018–2019


If you have any questions or need additional assistance in preparing your proposal, please contact Shariq Ahmed at 909-748-8352 (ext. 8352) or shariq_ahmed@redlands.edu, or Cheyne Murray at 909-748-8321 (ext. 8321) or cheyne_murray@redlands.edu.