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Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grants

2018 Instructional Technologies Support Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grants

Instructional Technologies has set aside funding with the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Texas State University through unique and innovative application of technology.

In the last few years, substantial transformations in higher education have opened up extraordinary new opportunities to innovate instruction and expand educational opportunities. In order to ensure that Texas State University continues to deliver quality education in this period of dynamic innovation and experimentation, Instructional Technologies Support, a unit within the IT division, has set aside funding with the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Texas State University through the innovative use of technology.

Instructional Technologies invites full-time faculty to submit proposals that implement innovative uses of technology to support teaching and learning.

Grant awards are intended for purchasing technology equipment, software, and materials in support of the proposal. Typical awards are $5,000, but amounts up to $20,000 may be granted for exceptional projects. Awards may not be used for student/staff salaries, professional services, or consumables.

These grants are intended for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction. Projects which benefit a large number of students, and/or may scale beyond your proposal application, are strongly encouraged.

Instructional Technologies Support staff may be available for instructional design and technology consultations on your project proposal prior to submission, up to a week before the deadline.

Important Dates

  • Proposals are due on or before March 23, 2018

  • Awards will be announced by April 6, 2018

Eligibility

Full-time faculty members at Texas State University are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. In addition to completing the proposal budget and proposal templates below, your department chair must complete and sign a letter of support, which specifies that your department will fund any student/staff salaries, professional services, or consumables required for your project.

Review Process

A review committee, assembled by the Associate Vice President of Instructional Technologies Support, will read and score your proposals according to the criteria described below.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the contributions they make to furthering the University’s mission to deliver excellence in teaching and learning and to cultivate a diverse community of learning and discovery. More specifically, judging criteria includes consideration of the following, recognizing that not all proposals will meet all criteria.

  • Overall quality of proposal
  • Completeness of proposal
  • Innovative approach to teaching that fosters discovery learning
  • Addresses specific student learning outcomes
  • Uses a variety of approaches to appeal to a variety of students
  • Diversity impact (for example, encourages the infusion of multiculturalism in the curriculum)
  • Applicability to other areas of instruction
  • Innovation can be grown into a larger scale application
  • Potential for sustainability

Your proposal will be further evaluated based on your inclusion of:

  1. Complete project proposal and budget plan information provided in the templates below.
  2. Your agreement indicated on the application submission form to:
    • Consult with ITS staff to clarify and potentially adjust your instructional and implementation plans. 

    • Collaborate with ITS staff throughout the life of your project to develop a story to inspire teaching and learning at Texas State. 

    • Collaborate with ITS staff on evaluation instruments for your project.

    • Provide a project report at the end of the spring 2019 academic year using the project completion report outline provided.

  3.  A signature from your department chair on the letter of support attached below.

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources. Funds awarded will be for academic year 2018-2019. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Project Proposal and Budget Plan Templates attached below.
  2. Have your Chair complete and sign the following letter of support.
  3. Click Apply for Grant below and submit the project proposal and budget plan you created using the templates provided.

Proposals are due by March 23, 2018.

Attach all final documents to the grant application submission form.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Carlos Solís
Associate Vice President
Instructional Technologies Support
carlos.solís@txstate.edu