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Rowan University

Innovations in Teaching Using Technology Grant 2015

Overview
The intent of this grant is to fund and support innovations in teaching using technology at Rowan University. A modest amount of funding and Academic Technology support will be awarded to faculty proposals for equipment purchases. All proposals are juried and competitive.  Proposals should include relatively brief statements of intent that focus on defining issues of teaching that are potential targets for innovation and improvement throughout the Rowan community.

Sponsored by Academic Technology and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, this grant is principally targeted to initiatives that are innovative, scalable, adaptable, and applicable to teaching.  An innovation is not only the introduction of a new idea, product, or method, but also one that underscores the need for change.  Innovations that are scalable provide solutions to more than one condition: class size, curriculum, discipline, and learning environment. Innovations should also be readily adaptable by others. The grants are awarded for practical approaches to teaching with technology. Awardees are expected to share their results with the university community.

Examples of innovations might include (but are not limited to) online course design, simulations, collaboration in teaching, field studies, video streaming, and electronic portfolios where approaches to pedagogy and good teaching practices are advanced.

Academic Technology will partner with faculty awarded grants to provide consultation and support for technology-related endeavors. This support is limited to time and tasks.

Eligibility
Full-time pre-tenure or tenured faculty members are eligible to apply. Joint proposals may be submitted by two or more faculty where collaboration is an essential element in the proposal.

Proposal Format
Proposals must include the following information:

  1. Title of proposal.
  2. Courses(s) or curriculum affected.
  3. Name of applicant(s).
  4. Objectives of the proposal: How they meet the criteria of innovation, scalability, and adaptability.
  5. Description of the specific innovation.
  6. Required Academic Technology support.
  7. Plans for evaluating and sustaining the innovation.
  8. Budget. Describe the essential technology and estimated costs.  Grant funds are allocated for equipment purchases only. 

Timelines for Application
Applicants for the Fall, 2015 Innovations in Teaching Using Technology grant should submit their proposals to Deb Martin, Ph.D., Director of Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at martind@rowan.edu before September 30, 2015. Faculty awarded the Innovations in Teaching Using Technology grant will be notified prior to October 30, 2015.

Review of Proposals
A review committee composed of the Director of Academic Technology, Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and one faculty member will be established to approve grant proposals. The committee will evaluate proposals that are innovative, scalable, adaptable, and applicable to teaching. 

Workshop
Faculty awarded the Innovations in Teaching Using Technology grant will be expected to present their proposal and findings at a workshop jointly sponsored by Academic Technology and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The intention of this workshop is to explore the implementation of the proposal.

Contacts
Deb Martin, Ph.D.
Director
Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
(856) 256-4079
martind@rowan.edu

Neil Toporski, Ed.D.
Director
Academic Technology
(856) 256-4594
Toporski@rowan.edu