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Winter Session Online Learning Course Development Grant

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The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), in collaboration with the Office of On Your Time Initiatives (OYT), invites faculty to submit proposals for the development or revision of exemplary undergraduate online courses for Winter Session 2023-2024 (December 26, 2023 – January 14, 2024).  This goal will be accomplished by providing funding support, instructional design assistance, pedagogical resources, and technological support to faculty.

Eligible Faculty

  • Any faculty member at USC Columbia (tenure-track, professional track or adjunct) is eligible to apply.
  • Any faculty member who submits a proposal is expected to serve as the instructor of record the first time the course is offered to receive funding.
  • Faculty may receive funding for only one course per grant cycle.

Eligible Courses

  • Proposals must be for the development or revision of fully online asynchronous courses (in which 100% of the instruction is offered online, with no required synchronous class meetings).
  • The course must be approved for Distributed Learning.
  • Up to ten proposals will be awarded based on the quality of applications received and approved.
  • $2,500 will be awarded for the full development of a course for Winter Session 2023-2024.
  • $1,500 will be awarded for the revision of a course for Winter Session 2023-2024.
  • CTE Instructional Designers will provide pedagogical and design support to faculty for the development of instructional content, supplementing the award.
  • Half of the funds will be disbursed to awardees after the project kickoff session. Half of the funds will be disbursed upon completion of the project. Completion of the project includes the course passing a quality review by October 16, 2023 and finalized in Blackboard by November 1, 2023. Funds should be expended by all parties by the end of Fiscal Year 2025 (by June 30, 2025).

When completing the Online Application, you will be required to enter information pertaining to your unit budget manager and PeopleSoft A-fund budget number. The proponent should speak with their unit’s budget manager and request the appropriate PeopleSoft A-fund budget number. If the course development proposal is accepted, the proponent(s) should communicate with the respective unit’s budget manager and make them aware of the financial award. This action will help to transfer awards in a timely manner.

To apply, complete the Online Application and submit Department Support Form [pdf].

Please include confirmation from your department chair, program director, or dean supporting efforts to offer your funded course in Winter Session 2023. Submit a signed Department Support Form [pdf]. (Digital signatures are accepted.) If the proposed learning content is for a unit outside of your academic department, you must obtain endorsement from that unit’s program director. 

Develop a one-to-two-page proposal narrative that provides:

  • A brief narrative that describes why you would like to develop or revise the course for Winter Session 2023-2024.
  • A brief explanation of your interest and qualifications as instructor of record for the proposed course.
  • A one paragraph summary of importance of the proposed course to University, college or department curriculum objectives.
  • Specific learning outcomes for the proposed course.

Applications that are complete and responsive to this announcement will be evaluated for merit. Proposals should be written to be understood by committee members who are not necessarily experts in the proponent’s discipline.  Applicants should limit or avoid the use of jargon and acronyms whenever possible.

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application and conformity to guidelines.
  • Clear and pedagogically coherent rationale for the project.
  • Likelihood that the course will enhance the quality or extend the reach of Winter Session.
  • Feasibility of the course being offered in the Winter Session format.
  • Likely impact and sustainability of the proposed course.

Faculty receiving awards will be expected to:

  • Participate with fellow grant participants, OYT staff, and CTE staff in a kickoff meeting to share ideas, resources, and discuss best practices in April 2023 or May 2023.
  • Collaborate regularly with an Instructional Designer from the CTE to design, develop, and prepare the proposed course for Winter Session 2023-2024 (December 26, 2023 – January 14, 2024).
  • Share the following information to be posted on the OYT website by September 29, 2023:
    • Instructor contact information
    • Summary of the course in 300 words or less
    • Course learning outcomes
  • Submit a complete version of the course syllabus to OYT by October 16, 2023
  • Work with the Office of Distributed Learning to create a video introduction by October 16, 2023.
  • Pass a quality review using the University’s Quality Standards for Online Courses by October 16, 2023.
  • Have the course finalized in Blackboard by November 1, 2023.
  • Applications are due by 11.59 p.m. on March 13, 2023.
  • All applicants will be notified by April 12, 2023.
  • Grant kickoff meeting will be scheduled in April or May 2023.
  • Project ends on Tuesday, November 1, 2023.
  • Course is offered from December 26, 2023 – January 14, 2024.

For more information, contact Aisha Haynes at 803-777-2791 or .

This grant opportunity is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives.

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