Carleton’s Strategic Plan calls for pedagogical experimentation to ensure that the college “remains smart and nimble in responding to changes in technology and the growth of online learning.” To that end, the Future Learning Technologies Group invites proposals to fund projects that address this broad goal. Specifically, FLTG seeks proposals for funding in the two areas described below.
Please note that the FLTG only provides support for faculty time and student work hours to explore and develop new pedagogy and content. It cannot provide funds for hardware or software purchases. The FLTG is happy to help facilitate discussions between grant recipients and Academic Technology staff regarding hardware and software issues, and applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Director of Academic Technology in preparing their proposals.
Proposal Area 1
FLTG is interested in ambitious proposals from faculty (or groups of faculty) that move beyond the level of the course to address issues at the programmatic or even institutional level. Such proposals might focus on a particular skill or content area, or a particular student population, or a learning goal of the program or institution. These proposals may be aimed at providing more self-directed learning opportunities for students either within, or outside of, the regular confines of the 10 week term or the local campus environment. We would particularly welcome proposals that advance the goals of our consortial efforts in LACOL and its areas of interest: quantitative skills, language learning, or active reading. We also encourage proposals aimed at a single course, but which represent a major shift in pedagogy, a truly hybrid or largely online version of a course, for example.
Proposals in this area should include a budget and a timeline for completion or implementation of the proposed project. While awards have typically been for a certain number of weeks of summer or break work, for projects in Proposal Area 1 that offer relatively larger impact we will consider proposals that include course releases. Proposals for learning activities that will carry academic credit outside the standard credit-bearing offerings of our curriculum will be considered, although they may require additional conversations with the Provost and ECC, facilitated by the FLTG. Faculty who are considering applying in Proposal Area 1 are encouraged to have a preliminary conversation with Associate Provost David Liben-Nowell or FLTG Chair Chico Zimmerman.
Proposal Area 2
As in previous years, FLTG welcomes proposals from faculty (or groups of faculty) who are interested in modifying a course or a module in a course in order to make better use of technology in fostering student learning. Proposals in this area might include:
- trying out a new piece of software
- adapting existing course assignments or learning activities to take advantage of technology
- experimenting with available Open Educational Resources or making a new resource from scratch
Projects in Area 2 are eligible for up to $3000 of support, which may be used to fund stipends for faculty up to $600 per week, and/or to pay student workers to assist in the production of materials. Collaborative projects involving more than one faculty member may be eligible for more than $3000 of support. Projects may be planned for any time during the 2017-18 year, including summer or winter breaks, and should be completed by the beginning of Fall Term, 2018.
The proposal deadline for both areas is February 6, 2017. Proposals in both areas should be specific about the goals of the project, and all proposals should include preliminary ideas for assessment of the project.