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Call for Grant Proposals in PDF Format

The 21st Century has surged into existence on the wave of Web 2.0. Wikis, blogs, podcasting, Second Life, WOW, Facebook, Flickr and other Web 2.0 technologies. These opportunities are changing the world in dramatic and exciting ways. Education is not immune to the effects of user generated content and online communities, nor should it be. This is especially true of distance education. As the distance delivery mechanism for credit courses at the University of Wyoming, Outreach Credit Programs (OCP) is in a unique position to identify, explore and evaluate new technologies and their possible application to teaching and learning.

With this in mind OCP is embarking on a new grant project, the Technology-based Instructional Enhancements (TIE) Grants. The goal of TIE is to provide incentives and support for instructors to incorporate the use of innovative technologies into their courses. We believe this grant project to be essential to maintaining quality distance education programs in a competitive environment. TIE Distance Education Grants has grown out of the TIE Pilot Project and we hope these grants will continue to encourage and support faculty in technology innovation.   

Grant Application

Faculty Commitments

• Work with an OCP Instructional Designer to plan strategies for inclusion of technology into the class.
• Participate in OCP organized evaluations.
• Participate in monthly Distance Education Guild meetings throughout the duration of the project as well as other meetings specific to the grant project.
• Participate in the e-volution Technology Forum (September 2011).
• Actively use new technology in your class.
• Significantly integrate the new technology into the course.
• Write a final project description to be submitted May, 2012.
Outreach Credit Programs Commitments

OCP is committed to the support of the TIE Project and will provide the following to participating faculty.

• Up to $1500 in grant funding
• Instructional support and design assistance from OCP Instructional Designers
• Training on chosen technology by an OCP Instructional Designer
• Technical Support from OCP
• Conduct and report evaluation and assessment of grant activities
• Provide additional resources as needed
• OCP will schedule and host Distance Education Guild and eLearn user meetings
• Technology support for students
Grant Proposal: Due October 8, 2010

Please submit a proposal that addresses the following elements:


All Faculty or graduate students who are currently teaching a course through OCP are eligible.  Preference will be given to submissions for updating or upgrading an existing course. Please provide information about the course in which the innovation will be added including course number and title and the semester you will teach the course.

Participant Profiles (approx. 250 words per faculty or team member)

Provide a profile of each team member, including a brief teaching biography and individual goals for this grant project.

Project Overview

Describe the type of technology project you would like to pursue. All projects that include an attempt to improve teaching using one or multiple technologies will be considered but preference may be given to projects in the following areas:

Podcasting or Vodcasting (audio or video production)
Web Conferencing (Elluminate)
Screen Capture
Second Life
Within the project overview, please give any relevant background, identify the problem/issue, and detail your plan.  


The grant duration will be Spring, Summer and Fall of 2011. You will be required to complete the teaching portion of your project during this time. Give a brief timeline for your project.

Tentative Budget

While it may seem premature to imagine specific costs for your project, this budget will help you (and us) understand your project with greater depth. Understanding that this budget may change with time, please provide a brief narrative for each budget item to explain its role in the larger project. You may ask for up to $1500 per participant. Some costs might include:

• Equipment or software
• Conference attendance or presentation: one or more members of the team may want to attend or present your project at a state, regional, or national conference that has relevance to your project
• Stipend for faculty member, TA or Student Aid


• Grant participants (or a representative from the team) will be invited to present their project ideas at the e-volution Technology Forum in September.
• Participants will engage in monthly discussion among all grant recipients to give updates and share the projects. This discussion will begin in November 2010.
• Finally, in May 2012, participants will submit a description of their project and any resulting scholarly work. These will be uploaded to the TIE website that will showcase the individual projects.  

Submission and Grant time-line

The submission deadline is October 8 and grant recipients will be notified by November 1, 2010. Classes that will be modified using grant monies must be taught during Spring, Summer or Fall of 2011.

Grant submissions will be accepted online at: Grant Application

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