Provost's eFellows Program
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.
Grants for the 2020-2021 cycle totaled $20,770 for six eFellows projects. Grant recipients are:
- Carleigh Davis, assistant professor of English and technical communication, redesigning research methods in technical communication;
- John Hogan, associate professor of geology, and Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry, redesigning structural geology lecture, structural geology lab and general chemistry lab;
- Nicolas Libre, assistant teaching professor of civil engineering, redesigning materials testing lab;
- Theresa Odun-Ayo, associate teaching professor, and Theresa Swift, associate teaching professor, both of electrical and computer engineering, redesigning electronics 1;
- Michelle Schwartze, assistant teaching professor, redesigning curriculum and instruction of the middle school;
- Kelley Wilkerson, assistant teaching professor of materials science and engineering, redesigning a sequence of ceramic engineering labs.
Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to request funding for eLearning, blended or online 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, degree, or certificate program.
Interested instructors are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (see Important Dates sidebar). 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 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 Instructional Design team.
Letters of Intent may be submitted to:
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence
Project proposals are typically due in early June (see Important Dates sidebar). Projects are to be completed and piloted in at at least one course section by the following fall semester, and expanded to additional course sections in the following semesters.
The Provost eFellows Program is not the same as the Faculty Mini-Grant for Educational Research. Anyone interested in applying for an Educational Research mini-grant should read the information here.
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 about many aspects of eLearning 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 eMentors, you will gain a better understanding of the learning that is occuring, 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.
eFellows Participation requirements
- 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 course design
- 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
Past grant recipients and projects: