This program is designed to provide support for full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty who are interested in 1) converting their current core course using face-to face pedagogy to an online course or 2) adopting a fresh perspective on a current core course that utilize online pedagogy.


Preference will be given to the following areas political science, history, composition, math, life and physical sciences and courses such as ECO 2013, ANT 2043, ENG 2013, ENG 2413, HIS 1042, HIS 1053, SPN 1014, HUM 2023, PHI 2043, POL 1013, POL 1133, SOC 1013, SOC 2013, GEO 1013, MAT 1023, MAT 1043, MAT 1053, MAT 1073, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, WRC 1013, WRC 1023.


Selected grantees will work in consultation with the staff in Online Learning, Teaching and Learning Services, Video Technology, and Learning Technologies and other departments as appropriate. Up to $10,000 can be requested to support converting a face-to-face course to online.  And up to $5,000 can be requested to support refreshing a currently online course.  Eligible expenses include summer pay or salary supplement (10% of 9-month rate up to the grant amount $5,000 or $10,000) and graduate student support, instructional materials, professional development, and relevant equipment. Up to twelve 8-month grants are available.


Online course development is a time-intensive process and requires 6-8 months to produce a quality course. The development will be supported from start to finish by an instructional designer and adhere to quality standards and development schedule. Development services include instructional design, multimedia development, audio and video encoding, audio transcription, graphic design, and quality assurance testing. The total course length will be 45 contact hours and estimated time commitment for a new online course is approximately 200-400 hours including the development of course content, content review and approval, and participation in customized training.


Application Submission Guidelines (3 pages maximum)

  • Description of the course to be revised
  • Explanation of the proposed changes to the course and their potential impact
  • Semester enrollment in the course and frequency of course
  • Project goals (impact on student success, retention, learning, etc.)
  • Plan to disseminate information about the change and the results
  • 8-month budget
  • Letter of endorsement from the department chair

Evaluation Criteria

The Committee will use the following Evaluation Criteria:

  • Impact to high-enrollment or other high-risk undergraduate core courses
  • Impact to course offerings for Downtown Campus
  • Quality of Dissemination plan
  • Impact on student success
  • Frequency of course being offered
  • Budget

 Project Deliverables

  • Course documentation including syllabus, learning materials, online course materials,  any faculty training or development
  • Assessment, including metrics on success and student evaluations of the new approach
  • Analysis of process, intervention, cost effectiveness, and outcomes
  • Suggested plan to scale to a larger population

Applications are due no later than 5pm on December 1, 2018. Grantees will be selected no later than December 14th, 2018. Grant period: January 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019.


For questions or more information, please contact Marcela Ramirez at