Blended and Online Learning Development Grants
The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce a grant program intended to encourage development of high quality online or blended courses in support of the undergraduate mission. BOLD grants provide a summer stipend (up to $5,000) for College faculty on 9-month contracts, or professional development funds (up to $2,000) for College or ZSR faculty on 12-month contracts for development of courses to be first delivered in Spring 2017 or later. Additional funds, up to $1,000, will be available to reimburse necessary and justified expenses. Proposals for adapting existing courses to online or blended form with other funding can be submitted directly to the Online Education Committee (OLEC). All entirely new courses must first be approved by the Curriculum Committee and faculty.
Call for Proposals
Sponsorship and Funding:
Office of Online Education and Office of the Provost
Proposals should be sent to OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu by February 20, 2017.
Faculty committed to developing online or blended courses for the College.
- Online courses are defined as those where greater than 50% of the face-to-face time is replaced by online activities.
- Blended courses are those where 25 to 50% of face-to-face time is replaced with online activities.
The grants awarded under this program fund work undertaken by faculty of the College and ZSR during the summer term and the following academic year, in designing, developing, and launching online or blended courses. Course development is done in partnership with the Office of Online Education. Applications are reviewed by OLEC. For questions and help preparing the application, applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Online Education (OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu).
Conditions of the grant are included below. Additional guidance on the development of online courses and details of the procedures for proposal approval can be found at the OLEC Guidelines and College Policies for Online Course Development.
In accepting the grant, grantees agree to:
- Collaborate with an instructional designer from the Office of Online Education. Contact the office OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu or x4810, for more information on instructional design support.
- Attend several meetings with other grant recipients throughout the summer and fall semesters to share findings and explore pedagogical and technical challenges. A schedule of meetings will be arranged among participants.
- Complete an instructional design and prototype implementation of the online or blended course by the end of Summer 2017 (subject to further refinement during the 2017-2018 academic year).
- Offer the online course during a semester approved by the department involved, contingent upon approval of the developed course by OLEC and the College faculty.
- Present your course design at TechXploration during the following academic year.
- Report back to the Office of Online Education after the first delivery of the course with student, faculty, and instructional designer feedback on the experience, and any proposed changes.
Grant recipients are also encouraged to share new insights with other faculty through workshops, written and shared educational materials, or mentoring relationships with other faculty members interested in pursuing online or blended course development.
Successful award proposals will:
- Communicate a desire to develop a well-targeted, pedagogically sound course.
- Clearly state how the proposed blended or online course has the potential to benefit our undergraduate students.
- Present a potential course development schedule that identifies your availability and distributed workload over the next year (or until delivery).
- List all faculty involved as well as their respective responsibilities.
- Schedule course delivery for Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2018.
- Identify possible opportunities for redevelopment and delivery at future dates.
Completed applications should be emailed to OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu
Applications due by Monday, February 20. Awards will be announced on Friday, March 3rd.
Completed applications should be submitted as one document to OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu by February 20, 2017.