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Innovation Fund Track IV: Phase 1

The McCausland Innovation Fund is designed to inspire and support bold, creative, and groundbreaking advances in the College of Arts and Sciences’ teaching and research to meet the emerging needs of our students and make the university a model of interdisciplinary, interactive learning.

Online Learning Course and Program Development

Track IV encompasses two phases. Phase 1 supports online course development and Phase 2 will support online program development. Proposals will be invited for projects aimed at developing sustainable, high-quality online course and program offerings within the college. 

Phase 1: Online Course Development

Call for applications released December 15, 2021
Proposals due January 31, 2022

Download the 2021-2022 McCausland Innovation Fund Program Guidelines [PDF] (printer-friendly version). 

(*Information about McCausland Innovation Fund Tracks I-III can be found here.) 

In this phase, units will be invited to submit courses to be developed or revised for online delivery format using a team model for course development. This model is designed to support longevity in course offerings and provide a cohort learning community for collaborative faculty teams who will utilize best practices in online course design and pedagogy. Up to 25 courses (of all levels) will be supported in this phase.

The college also recognizes the importance of faculty online teaching expertise. Thus, a portion of the funding will be provided for full-time FTE faculty to participate in professional development from national leaders in online learning, such as the Online Learning Consortium, Quality Matters, Educause, US Distance Learning Association, etc.

Each unit can apply for funding for up to three courses. Chairs/directors should coordinate the information about these courses into a single application for their unit.

Information for Applicants

Each course will receive up to $10,000 in funding support.

  • Funds can be used for salary (including fringe), technology, and participation in national professional development.
  • Each course must have a FTE faculty lead, but can include non-FTE adjuncts and graduate students on each team.
  • Example funding distribution per course:
    • Salary – up to $7,500 (fringe is included in this amount) for all cohort members
    • Technology – up to $1,750
    • Professional Development – up to $750
  • To build online teaching expertise within the college, we are encouraging full-time faculty participation in professional development training and workshops from national leaders in online teaching. For instance, funding can be used by faculty to become trained as prestigious Quality Matters Master and Peer Reviewers.

Expectations of Cohort Members

  • Participate in proposed cohort course development and learning community activities
  • Develop high-quality online courses (shareable Bb shell, syllabus, reusable artifacts/materialsrepository, templates, etc.) and consistently offer the courses online
  • Allow the course to serve as an exemplar for others within CAS
  • Finalize course development and submit APPs proposal by September 30, 2022
  • Upon completion of online teaching professional development, faculty will be asked to provide a list of 4-5 best practices learned that will be shared with colleagues.

Phase 1 Activities (Tentative Dates)

  • 1-30: Proposal submission deadline 
  • 2-18: Review committee makes recommendations 
  • 3-10: Selected faculty teams notified 
  • May: Cohort Kick-Off Orientation 
  • May-June: Meet with instructional designer 
  • May-June: Develop online course syllabus 
  • May-July: Submit syllabus to APPs for DL-Approval (if needed) 
  • May-July: Develop digital instructional materials and assignment grading criteria/rubrics 
  • June: Cohort Learning Community PD #1 
  • July: Cohort Learning Community PD #2 
  • June-August: Meet with ODL (help create, edit, caption lecture videos) 
  • Sept: Cohort Learning Community PD #3 
  • By Sept 30: Develop content in CAS Blackboard Sandbox 
  • Fall 2022: Modify/submit APPS proposals and course as needed 
  • Nov or Dec: Cohort wrap-up meeting 
  • Spring 2023: Teach course online 

The application is completely online. Information requested includes a brief rationale of why the courses were selected, amount requested per course, and typical enrollment numbers. Include also potential first time the course would be taught online and list of people who will develop each course.

  • Up to 25 courses will be supported in this phase.
  • All courses submitted will be reviewed and considered individually.
  • Courses will be selected based on college and unit needs. Examples include:
    • Courses to complete a major or minor courses online
    • High demand course or courses that create bottlenecks
    • Courses that if offered online would solve classroom space issues
    • Carolina Core demands from other units or colleges
    • Courses that support other colleges’ online programs
  • Proposals for new course conversions and course revisions of previously developed courses will be considered

McCausland Innovation Fund Track IV: Phase 1 Application


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