2018 Summer Online Course Development Grants

Call for Proposals for 2018 Summer Online Course Development Grants

The Office of Online Education and the Office of the Dean of the College are pleased to announce a grant program intended to encourage development of high quality online courses in support of the undergraduate mission. These course development 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 Summer 2018. All entirely new courses must first go through the normal approval process with the Curriculum Committee and faculty.

Sponsorship and Funding:

Office of the Dean of the College and Office of Online Education


Proposals should be sent to OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu by Monday, October 16, 2017.


Faculty committed to developing online 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.  

The grants awarded under this program fund work undertaken by faculty of the College and ZSR during 2017-2018 academic year in designing, developing, and launching online 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 meetings with other grant recipients in the fall & spring semesters to share findings and explore pedagogical and technical challenges. A schedule of meetings can be arranged among participants.
  • Complete an instructional design and prototype implementation of the online course by the start of Spring 2018 (subject to further refinement during Spring 2018).
  • Offer the online course during Summer 2018, contingent upon approval of the developed course by Department, OLEC, and the College faculty.
  • 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 online course has the potential to benefit our undergraduate students.
  • Present a potential course development schedule that identifies your availability and distributed workload up until delivery.
  • List all faculty involved as well as their respective responsibilities.
  • Schedule course delivery for Summer 2018.
  • Identify possible opportunities for redevelopment and delivery at future dates.

Completed applications should be emailed to OnlineEd@nullwfu.edu

Applications due by Monday, October 16, 2017. Awards will be announced by the end of October.

View the application.