Instructional Technology Innovation Mini-Grant
The purpose of the Instructional Technology Innovation (ITI) Mini-Grant Program is to foster and support educational technology innovation at VCSU. Supported primarily through student technology fees, this program funds projects intended to improve student learning via the application of innovative and meaningful instructional technology.
An ITI Grant Review Team will review proposals and recommend recipients to the CIO. The Team includes a VCSU Instructional Design Team Member as chair, two faculty members selected by TAC, and two student representatives selected by Student Senate.
The ITI Mini Grants are intended to provide targeted investments that provide cost-efficient enhancement to teaching and learning at VCSU. Proposals are evaluated on potential for success in implementation as well as the ability to replicate that success elsewhere on campus.
Effects on Teaching and Learning
- Potential to enhance student learning
- Projects that engage students and encourage them to use technology during class time or as a means to complete online coursework
- Degree of innovation (has it been proven successful or unsuccessful at other institutions or organizations)
Capacity for Success
- Generalizability: the ability to apply the technology across campus or to various learning environments
- Clear plan for implementation and sharing of project results (All who receive funding will be expected to disseminate the results of their research to the campus through articles, workshops, presentations, or other means of promotion.)
- Scalability: the financial and technical feasibility to implement in additional courses or with additional users if the small-scale project is successful
- Cooperation: the integration with other students, faculty or departments
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
- ITI Mini-Grants are intended to fund project requests of $1500 or less; however, each request will be considered on an individual basis.
- The ITI Mini-Grant application must document all resources and funds required, including those being requested from other sources (if applicable). All documents (sales quotes for software, hardware or media, teleconference fees, etc.) related to the project must be included in the grant request.
- ITI Mini-Grants are not intended to fund duplicate or repetitive requests.
- Priority will be given to projects that can be generalized across campus.
- Each student or faculty member may apply for multiple ITI Mini-Grants, but only one concurrent project shall be funded. Grants are considered active until project results are shared to the satisfaction of the ITI Grant Review Team.
- A Grant Report shall be filed with the Chair within 30 days of the completion of the project.
ITI MINI-GRANT SUBMISSION AND PROCESSING:
- Applications shall be submitted electronically to the Chair per periodic calls for proposals.
- The Application is forwarded to the ITI team for review to ensure the project meets the program guidelines and all required information is provided. Members shall have up to 5 working days after the deadline to review. A simple majority of members is required for funding recommendation.
- Projects recommended by the ITI team for funding will be forwarded to the CIO for final approval. The ITC Office will contact the applicant within 2 working days of receiving the ITI team recommendation.
- All purchasing and legal processes must be conducted by the ITC Office, e.g, purchase orders, credit card payments, invoices, approval of license agreements, etc.).
- Any purchases of equipment or software through the grant remains the property of the ITC Office and will be made available for future checkout.
ITI MINI-GRANT EXAMPLES:
- Purchase (and assessment) of new software or hardware that will enhance courses or can be used by students to enable improved course success.
- Production or purchase of small video clips, simulations, or multimedia presentations to supplement resources for courses.
- Purchase (and assessment) of a device that extends the functionality of the laptop, e.g. a digital writing tablet, measurement device, or instrument interface.
- Expenses associated with participation in a teleconference or virtual guest speaker.
ITEMS NOT COVERED BY ITI MINI-GRANTS:
- Requests that do no impact or enhance student learning using technology
- Supplies and costs that should be funded by the Division/Department budget
- Employee labor, including faculty release time
- Travel expenses
- Projects in direct conflict with current or planned campus-wide technology efforts
- Department or division-wide implementations, or other efforts typically governed by the annual technology planning process (for example purchasing software for every student in a course)