The Provost’s eFellows grant program, which began in 2010, was established to improve the learning environment while preserving and maximizing the physical learning facilities available for instruction. CAFE instructional designers provide support to develop the courses using best practices for eLearning.
Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to request funding for face-to-face or blended course development projects, especially projects that are innovative and collaborative and that leverage resources. Projects should be consistent with departmental and campus priorities. Preference will be given to those that are part of a larger plan to redesign a sequence of courses, degrees, or certificate programs.
Interested instructors are invited to submit a Letter of Intent. A consultation with an instructional designer will be scheduled upon receipt of the Letter of Intent. Letters of Intent must include the following: name of the course, cc to the department chair, and names of any co-PIs, if applicable. A Letter of Intent only needs to be a short paragraph. A more detailed proposal will be required when the Letter of Intent has been accepted and processed by the CAFE team.
The Provost eFellows Program is not the same as the Faculty Mini-Grant for Educational Research. Click here for more information on the Educational Research Mini-Grant.
eFellow's Program Specifications
- Attend a Building Blocks for Course Design Workshop
- Meet with instructional designers throughout the project
- Participate in Mid-Semester Feedback data collection
- Participate in classroom observation such as through the Teaching Partners Program
- Attend at least one Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) event each semester
- Implement technology that supports learning best practices in the 5 Pillars Quality Review Checklist
- Present at the annual S&T Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) Conference to share your experiences and insights with other faculty who may be interested in course redesign
eFellows Program Benefits
Beyond the monetary incentive of the mini-grant, participation in the eFellows Program ensures access to instructional design and technology expertise constructed to help you be successful. As part of the eLearning Community of Practice (eCoP), you will have ample opportunities to engage with your peers in discussions and discovery of many aspects of Learning approaches. You will be part of the campus community that helps our campus achieve its eLearning goals. In addition, you will enhance the learning environment and outcomes for your students. Blended learning is especially effective for enhancing courses that are problem-based-learning focused.
According to many veteran eFellows and Mentors, you will gain a better understanding of the learning that is occurring, or not, in your course, and be better able to focus your time on the aspects that matter most. Your students will benefit from increased opportunities for collaboration, interaction with the material in multiple formats—some of which are more effective for different learning styles—flexibility in schedules, and more.
Project proposals are typically due in early June. Projects are to be completed and piloted in at least one-course section by the following fall semester and expanded to additional course sections in the following semesters.
- May 20, 2022 - Letter of intent due to CAFE office (email email@example.com, or mail to G8 Library)
- July 11, 2022 - Full proposal due to CAFE office (email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to G8 Library)
- July 22, 2022 - Notification for successful applications
- Work Begins - Fall 2022...
2022-2023 RECIPIENTS (TOTALING $20000)
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering – redesign of Principles of Engineering Materials (AERO_ENG 3877).
Professor, Mathematics - redesign of Mathematical Foundation of Finite Methods (MATH 5602).