2013-2014 Classroom Technology Grants

CELT is sponsoring two types of Classroom Technology Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year.  We will hold two open sessions at which we will discuss the grants and answer questions.  These drop-in grant information sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2-3 pm, and Wednesday, November 6, 11-12.  Both will be held in Haas 508.  If you cannot attend either of these and want more information, please contact Dan Barrett.

1. (NEW) Targeted Mini Grants.  Up to four $500 grants may be awarded to faculty who wish to implement a specific technology-related pedagogical tool or practice for the first time.  This academic year CELT wants to encourage faculty to try classroom flipping for the first time.  These targeted grants are much smaller in scope than the Open Grant, and require that faculty refashion only a few class meetings (as opposed to an entire course).  
We hope to create a cohort of four faculty to whom CELT will provide guidance, training, and support for learning how to implement the flipped, or inverted classroom.  In addition, these four faculty can learn together and support each other during the planning and implementation of this approach.  Briefly, a flipped classroom is one in which students are exposed to course content outside of the classroom (such as by watching recorded lectures online) and engage in active learning and/or problem-solving activities during class.  More detailed information about the inverted classroom can be obtained from the links posted at http://libguides.wcsu.edu/content.php?pid=148499 and the grant information sessions mentioned above.

Grant Requirements:

  • Submit an application to Dan Barrett, CELT Director, by Monday, November 11, 2013. 
  • Flip the equivalent of two weeks of classes (e.g., 2 classes if one mtg per week, 4 if two mtgs per week, etc.).  This includes recording lectures and creating/implementing active learning during those meetings.
  • Participate in co-learning with other cohort members about classroom flipping.
  • Gather student perceptions of flipping pre and post implementation (we will use the same instrument across the classes). 
  • Provide a short written reflection on your experiences
  • Participate in a panel in which the experiences of the four faculty will be shared with WCSU faculty and staff.
  • Allow CELT to watch your lectures. 

2. Open Grant.  This is similar to what has been offered in previous years:  one $2,000.00 grant may be awarded for a significant classroom initiative in technology and teaching.  The Classroom Technology Open Grant is designed to encourage the implementation of innovative, creative uses of emerging technologies in the classroom or virtual learning environment.  All kinds of technology and approaches are welcome.  This program is for innovations using technologies already existing in our system (not to purchase new equipment or software).  For more information about what previously funded grants, please visit http://libguides.wcsu.edu/content.php?pid=148499
How might we incorporate the digital media in our student’s lives into the classroom experience?  The possibilities include the creative use of any of these and more.  

·         Blogs
·         Text messaging
·         Class file sharing
·         Web publishing
·         Instant messaging
·         Hypertext narrative

·         IUniversity
·         On line discussion
·         Web ethics
·         On line group projects
·         HTTP based lit reviews
·         Visual literacy software

·         Social networking/media
·         Web based portfolios
·         Course media literacy
·         Course video games
·         Developing user skills
·         Research skills

Grant Requirements:

  • Submit an application to Dan Barrett, CELT Director, by Monday, November 11, 2013. 
  • Implement your proposal in Spring, 2014.
  • Submit a final report to the Director by June 1, 2014.
  • Present a workshop to faculty in Fall 2014 describing what you did and how effective it was.

Application and Review Process

1. Obtain the appropriate application from the CELT website
(http://libguides.wcsu.edu/content.php?pid=148499) and submit by Monday, November
11, 2013. 
2. Proposals are reviewed by the CELT Advisory Committee. 
3. A decision regarding proposals will be made by December 1, 2013.
4. The proposal is to be implemented in a Spring, 2014 class.  Funds will be released once all of the grant requirements are met.

Contact Dan Barrett at barrettd@wcsu.edu or 203-837-8869 with questions, and go to the grant application website.


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