The Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty-Student Collaborative Grant for Curricular Technology Innovation

Program Overview

Funding is available from the Center for Teaching and Learning to facilitate and financially support summer curricular development by teams of Reed College faculty and students. A faculty member applies with a student to investigate, in consultation with Reed’s Instructional Technology Services, curricular innovation using technology. If, after their summer work together, the faculty member decides to incorporate the technological tools into a course during the 2017-18 academic year, the professor may hire the student to continue as a technology assistant for the course.

The scope of grant projects is wide open but, for example, a foreign language faculty member and an advanced student could propose to use an interactive video player to create audio-visual materials for a first-year class or to build a graduated corpus of accessible news articles, blog posts, and other sources that includes an online annotation platform to provide vocabulary and grammar glosses. A science faculty member and advanced student might work together to develop a lab experiment using digital data collection, analysis, and/or visualization tools; the student would then mentor students who did the lab during the course the following academic year.

We envision that this grant will be useful both for those colleagues with little expertise in instructional technology and those colleagues who are quite proficient. We recognize that the level of expertise in the subject matter or technology required of the student depends on the project and is up to the faculty member to determine. Staff members in Instructional Technology Services will be available both to help the student—faculty pairs develop a project and to train the pairs in the use of the technology.

Grants will include stipends of $3,000 for faculty members, $2,000 for students for 8 weeks of work at 20 hours/week. Although the expectation is that the student will continue to work as a technology assistant for the course during the 2017-18 academic year, employment is at the discretion of the faculty member; summer work does not guarantee continued employment as a Technology Assistant for the course. Technology Assistants who continue to work during the academic year will be hired and paid through Instructional Technology Services. Work hours/week during the academic year or semester will depend on individual projects.

The faculty and student pair will present their summer work during the fall semester at a workshop hosted by the CTL.

Eligibility

These funds are available to students and faculty who will be returning to Reed for the academic year following the summer grant period. Student applicants must be in good academic standing.

Application Procedure

The proposal should include the following:

1) Introduce the course that the faculty member and student assistant will work on during the grant period with particular attention to how technology may be effectively employed to enhance student learning. If the faculty member proposes to work on an existing syllabus, please submit a copy and specify which sections of the course you plan to develop. For new courses, please articulate in detail the goals for the course and topics for which the proposed technology applications will be useful.

2) Identify, after consultation with a staff member of Reed’s Instructional Technology Services, the type of technology applications that will be explored. Although we recognize that new possibilities may emerge over the course of the summer work, please be as specific as possible. If the College does not currently support the proposed technology, please include a budget listing costs for the software, hardware or other materials.

3) Explain briefly the anticipated activities of the student and of the faculty member during the summer research period.

4) Explain briefly the role of the student technology assistant should they be hired to assist with the course during the 2017-18 academic year.

The completed proposal should be uploaded online by the faculty member via this application link. Applications are due March 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Awards will be determined by the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Teaching and Learning. In this pilot year of the program, two grants will be awarded for curricular work to be completed during the summer of 2017.