Online Course Development Grants

Formalized in 2017, the campus Online Learning Initiative offers faculty and instructors the opportunity to apply for Online Course Development Grants to support the development of online courses taught in any term (fall, spring or summer). An annual call for proposals is announced each fall.

Award amounts are determined by the scope of the proposed work during the full-proposal stage and finalized in the MOU process. (Grants typically do not exceed $15,000.) In addition to the funding, grant recipients receive tools, training and resources including in-kind support (paid for by central campus) from a designated instructional designer to assist with course design, development and production.

For the 2018-19 academic year, pre-proposals were due Monday, October 8, 2018 by midnight. More information about the goals, proposal criteria, awardee commitments, timeline and how to submit a proposal can be found below.

Campus Goals for Online Learning

  • Advance excellence in teaching and learning through the Wisconsin Experience
  • Increase flexibility and options for residential (“traditional”) students to study online
  • Expand access and attract new groups of students to study at UW-Madison

Proposal Criteria

All proposals must:

  • Show clear departmental and school/college commitment – The course/program must be supported by its academic department and school or college, and directly align with the department’s long-term curricular plans. The academic department and the school/college is responsible for ensuring that the course/program is consistently offered and properly maintained for future terms (e.g., update materials, version control, continuous improvements, and technology enhancements). To ensure this coordination, pre-proposals will be submitted to school/college dean offices for review and ranking.
  • Demonstrate student demand – The course/program should demonstrate or project high student demand. This may include courses that are labelled as: high-enrollment, bottleneck, gateway, or wait-listed.
  • Articulate student learning outcomes – Every course/program must have student learning outcomes. Grant recipients will work with instructional designers to develop and/or review these outcomes, and ensure they are stated in a course syllabus and supported by a plan for assessing student learning.

Awardee Responsibilities

Awardees will also be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with assigned instructional design team – Online design, development and production staff time and expertise will be provided to awardees in addition to the total award amount. Instructional design staff will work with instructors to achieve course development goals, align with instructional design standards, meet web accessibility standards, and comply with copyright policy. *Note: based upon experience, 50-100 hours is the average length of time instructors spend to develop an online course that meets web-based instructional standards. Additional time will be required to participate in relevant training as needed (see below).
  • Participating in online course design and facilitation sessions – Awardees who have not previously participated in: TeachOnline@UW, Blend@UW or the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) program, will have the opportunity to participate in online design and facilitation sessions (no more than 20 hours over the course of a calendar year).

Funding and Support Details

The total amount of each grant will be determined by the scope of the proposed work upon review in the full-proposal stage and finalized in the MOU process. (Grants typically do not exceed $15,000.) As such, applicants do not need to include a budget in their pre-proposals.

Funds will be awarded to the respective school/college as a lump-sum, and can be used for salary and Supplies and Expenses (S&E). These are one-time funds. It is the expectation that the department/school/college will be responsible for supporting the ongoing, online delivery of the course(s) into future terms.

In addition to the grant funds, awardees will receive tools, training and resources including in-kind support (paid for by central campus) from a designated instructional designer to assist with course design, development and production.

Proposal Deadline and Submission Process

Pre-proposals were due Monday, October 8, 2018 by midnight.

Individuals or units who were unable to submit proposals during the annual open call can submit a proposal at any time through the Online Learning Initiative’s open submission process; however, no immediate funding is available for this option.

2018-19 Approval Process and Timeline

2018

  • Monday, October 8 – Pre-proposals due
  • Friday, October 12 – Pre-proposals sent to respective associate deans for review
  • Week of November 5 – Applicants of select pre-proposals invited to submit full-proposals
  • November 5-30 – Applicants of full-proposals attend consultation with assigned instructional and/or curricular designer
  • Monday, December 3 – Full-proposals due
  • Week of December 17 – Grant recipients notified

2019-2020

  • Early January – MOUs with grant recipients finalized, funds begin to be transferred
  • Spring/Summer 2019 – Course development begins
  • Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 – Course launch

Questions

Please direct questions to Caitlin O’Brien, EI communication coordinator.

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