2017-18 EI Small Grant Program

The EI Small Grant Program supports faculty and instructional staff in their efforts to experiment with new technologies and new ways of learning.

In 2017-18, the program offered grants of up to $15,000 each and sought proposals that focused on implementing blended or active learning strategies, developing Open Educational Resources (OER), and/or using digital tools (Canvas/AEFIS) to improve assessment and align with learning outcomes at the course level.

The program funded 16 proposals from five schools and colleges, across 15 departments, at a total of more than $230,000. Read more about the grant recipients and their innovative efforts.

Overall, the program received 33 proposals that were submitted from eight schools, colleges, institutes and programs. The total amount of funding requested reached over $450,000. Proposals were evaluated and recommended for approval by a review committee consisting of faculty and staff from various campus units. Proposals were selected based on their exemplification of the program’s main themes (outlined in detail below), alignment with departmental priorities, demonstration of long-term sustainability and, most importantly, impact on student learning.

New this year, the program allowed grant applicants to request funds for two fiscal years, FY18 and FY19. Also new this year, the EI Initiative offered another grant opportunity specifically focused on online course development. Learn more about EI’s commitment to online learning and development support opportunities.

2017-18 EI Small Grant Proposal Themes and Requirements

Proposals should address at least one of the following themes:

  1. Implementing blended learning or active learning strategies
  2. Developing and/or implementing Open Education Resources (OER)
  3. Using digital tools (Canvas/AEFIS) to improve assessment and align with learning outcomes at the course level

Additionally, all proposals must:

  • Address how the effort(s) will transform student learning
  • Align with departmental priorities and include a signature of endorsement from the department chair
  • Clearly articulate how the effort(s) will be sustained once the funds have been expended
  • Be submitted by Monday, October 23, 2017

Funding decisions were made by early December, followed by notifications to all applicants thereafter. All awardees are required to submit a project activities report by May 2019.