Learning Technologies Grants

The purpose of the Learning Technologies Grants (LTG) program is to enhance teaching and learning at the University of Georgia through the innovative use of technology.  The application deadline for FY19 is Friday, April 13, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Purpose

The purpose of the Learning Technologies Grants (LTG) program is to enhance teaching and learning at the University of Georgia through the innovative use of technology. This program supports exploration and evaluation of new teaching methods and is administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning with guidance from the Learning Technologies Advisory Group

Funding

LTG projects are funded by Student Technology Fees; therefore, funding can be requested for:

Project budgets must be spent within FY19. Funds can be granted to academic departments and to other units providing educational services to students, such as University Libraries, Student Affairs, CTL, and EITS. Departments should demonstrate internal commitment to the project and provide additional support, if possible. Equipment and software matching, faculty release time, space allocation and renovation should be funded as departmental support. 

Requirements and Restrictions

  1. Projects must focus on the innovative use of technology to assist students in meeting the educational objectives of their academic programs.  This year, in alignment with the University of Georgia Task Force on Student Learning and Success Report, projects must employ the use of active learning and/or open educational resources. Other projects will not be considered in this round.
  2. Projects are expected to include components in which students interact directly with instructional technologies. Note that the University System of Georgia guidelines on Student Technology Fee expenditures indicate a distinction between instructional technologies and scientific/laboratory equipment. The latter should not be requested through this program. 
  3. Funding cannot be applied to faculty release time, travel, or replacement of existing laboratory or classroom equipment. Routine upgrades or modernization should not be requested in this program.
  4. Each project must have a project director. Project directors located in academic departments must be full-time faculty members, including academic tenure track, academic professionals, public service faculty, lecturers, medical school, and clinical faculty members . All project directors are expected to play a significant role in project development and implementation.
  5. Each project must include at least one undergraduate team member, who may be named at the time of the proposal or selected following the award notification. The timeline should include details on how this student will be expected to contribute. Undergraduate team members can be paid out of the grant funds. 
  6. No more than $25,000 can be requested for a project. 
  7. The CTL should be seen as a creative partner and collaborator in Learning Technologies Grant projects.  Awarded projects will be assigned a CTL faculty consultant. The consultant will be available to the project director to provide guidance throughout the funding period. 
  8. Awarded projects must be documented and a minimum of two reports are required.  A 1 to 2 page progress report must be submitted Sherry Clouser (sac@uga.edu) no later than February 1, 2019 (template will be provided).  A final, summative report must be submitted by August 31, 2019 and include an evaluation of the project's impact on educational objectives.  
  9. Grant recipients may be asked to share their results with the UGA community via a short article, workshop, or video presentation after August 31, 2019. 

Notes for 2017-2018 Grant Recipients

  1. Project budgets must be spent within FY18.
  2. Awarded projects must be documented and a minimum of two reports are required.  A 1 to 2 page progress report must be submitted Sherry Clouser (sac@uga.edu) no later than February 1, 2018.  A final, summative report must be submitted by August 31, 2018 and include an evaluation of the project's impact on educational objectives.  
  3. Grant recipients may be asked to share their results with the UGA community via a short article, workshop, or video presentation after August 31, 2018. 

Notes for 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Project budgets must be spent within FY17.
Awarded projects must be documented and a minimum of two reports are required.  A 1 to 2 page progress report must be submitted Sherry Clouser (sac@uga.edu) no later than February 1, 2017.  A final, summative report must be submitted by August 31, 2017 and include an evaluation of the project's impact on educational objectives.  
Grant recipients may be asked to share their results with the UGA community via a short article, workshop, or video presentation after August 31, 2017. 

Proposal Format

All proposals must be prepared using the following format and submitted via the link below as a single PDF document. Use a 12 point font, 1.5 or double-spacing, and minimum 1" margins.

The proposal document must not exceed 7 pages, including the cover page. Literature citations and equipment quotes may be included in the pdf document in excess of the 7 page limit. The document should include the following:

Cover Page

Section I. Project Description

This is a general description of the project, including the following:

Section II. Budget and Timeline

Section III. Learning Outcomes

Section IV. Support Plan

Should the project be successful, what staffing and resources will be necessary to continue the initiative following the LTG funding period? What is the plan for securing these resources in the future? 

Section V. Literature citations and Equipment quotes, if applicable

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  1. Purpose and quality of the project, including innovation and inclusion of active learning and/or open educational resources.
  2. Extent to which students, including at least one undergraduate project team member, will interact directly with the proposed learning technologies.
  3. Anticipated overall impact, including number or proportion of students affected.
  4. Potential application to other academic areas.
  5. Budget justification and clarity.
  6. Commitment and support of the requesting unit for the project, including cost sharing.

Review and Awards

Proposals will be reviewed by CTL faculty and the Learning Technologies Advisory Group based on the listed proposal evaluation criteria.  Awards will be announced by late June.  The disbursement of funds will begin after July 1.

Submission

The application deadline for FY19 is Friday, April 13, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to contact their department heads and deans prior to this deadline to allow time for their review.