Oregon State University Strategic Plan 4.0 inspires us to bring our most effective and creative instructional practices to bear in the service of Goal Two: Provide a transformative education that is accessible to all learners. In particular, it calls for targeted investments that enable faculty and staff to "[P]rovide distinctive curricula and support innovative pedagogy to advance our mission" and the fulfillment of Vision 2030.

In the interest of upholding this investment in faculty and staff contributions to learner success, we are pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2019-2020 Learning Innovation Individual Grants.

Faculty are invited to apply for innovation grants to foster and support the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for new and innovative uses of technology to improve the student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences or student life.

Applications for Academic Year 2020 Individual Grants are due on December 6, 2019. For examples of successful individual grant projects, please access the list of past awarded projects.

Evaluation

The grant review team will assess proposals on the potential to enhance student learning or extracurricular improvement, projects with the potential to encourage and engage students, the degree of innovation, and the capacity for success of the project. Grants may be focused at any level of undergraduate or graduate education. Success factors will include a clear implementation plan, the ability to apply the ideas or technology beyond the individual pilot or transcend specific curricula, alignment of the proposed technology and pedagogy to be implemented to course/program learning outcomes, and the cooperation of students, faculty, departments or others who may be involved. Grants might be awarded for course improvements or might be considered pilots that can lead to a project of larger scale over time.

The Review Team uses rubrics to norm and guide project evaluation. You can access the evaluation rubric here.

Guidelines

  • Faculty may request up to $10,000 for a project. The funds may be used only for technology (devices, software, services) or student salary/stipend.
  • Due to the funding line for the LIG, projects may benefit a variety of learners, but the primary beneficiaries of LIG projects must be students based on the OSU Corvallis campus. Projects can (and frequently do) benefit learners in, for example, Ecampus courses and community outreach and engagement efforts. However, the target audience for projects are Corvallis-campus based students. (If you have questions about whether a project meets this criterion, please contact Robin Pappas.)
  • Faculty may apply individually or in teams. Faculty may submit more than one proposal, but a faculty member will receive only one award, whether applying individually or as part of a team.
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate) may apply for grants but are required to have a faculty sponsor.
  • These grants are intended to fund new innovation rather than to provide sustaining or replacement funds for an existing project.
  • There is no expectation of ongoing funding after the grant period completes.
  • Awardees will share the learning or outcomes from the projects by report or presentation after the projects complete.
  • All successful proposals will be archived on a public website.

Procedures

  • Up to fifteen grants will be awarded this year. Proposals are due on December 6, 2019, and awards will be announced early winter term 2020.
  • Submit your proposal on the application form.
  • Proposals (5 pages, maximum) should include:
    • a description of the project.
    • a short rationale of how the project will enhance student learning or success.
    • a description of how the project aligns to and advances the course and/or program learning outcomes.
    • an assessment plan describing how the learning and/or experience afforded by the project will be assessed.
    • a budget, with any matching funds noted.
    • an implementation plan, including a list of personnel involved and timeline.
    • signature of/email copy to the individual’s department head, which will serve as endorsement of the project. The dean’s approval is not required.
    • All funds must be spent by October 1, 2020. Unused funds will be returned to the Technology Innovation Fund for other projects. Technology and services purchased with the funds belong to OSU, and the University’s procedures and policies apply.

Evaluation Team

  • John Becker-Blease, Business
  • Tekla Bude, Liberal Arts
  • Tom Dick, Science
  • Eric Kirby, CEOAS
  • Rebekah Lancelin, University Honors College
  • Robin Pappas, Information & Technology

Student representation by the Student & Incidental Fees Committee