What will happen if/when my program wins the grant?

Once the Provost’s office determines that you will receive the grant, you will work with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to develop a project plan. Your grant proposal will serve as the basis for your project plan. The general workflow of a project plan with CATL is below.

Phase One Phase Two Phase Three Phase Four
Grant-winning group receives notice from the Provost's office that they were awarded the grant.
Grantees work with CATL to develop project plan.
Grantees and CATL work to complete the project plan (courses and supporting materials).
Once the grantees and CATL are satisfied that the work of the project is done, the project enters a "maintenance phase" to assess the work periodically.

What does a typical project look like?

New Programs

If a college would like to offer a new online program, there would be four key phases to the project: professional development – when instructors build their capacity to teach in the online or hybrid environment; design – where instructors work to plan out their curriculum and courses; and quality assurance – which seeks to assure a high-level of rigor for classes in the program. Some examples of how that would look are in the chart below.

Program type Professional Development Design Quality Assurance
New program with a mix of seasoned and new online instructors Self-paced course for online course design Curricular, pedagogical, and experiential goals call for lots of interaction among students across modalities. Pre-semester checklist
New program with seasoned online instructors Group decides upon a series of workshops from outside facilitator Group decides that integrating community-based learning is important for particular courses, which become focus of the program's efforts. Peer review among members of department
Face-to-face program expanding to online delivery Online teaching fellows for department Group would like to build student cohorts across modalities to help ensure a common experience. Peer review among members of department
Existing Programs

Existing online programs start at a higher level since instructors already have experience in the online or hybrid environment. These projects will still have the three phases – professional development, design, and quality assurance – but the phases reflect the greater experience of the instructors and the maturity of the program.

Common-thread Projects

A common-thread project unites courses which meet a similar curricular requirement, such as: writing emphasis, lab courses, quantitative literacy, or global cultures. A common-thread project is one way to work across departmental or disciplinary boundaries. Similar to existing programs, we hope that a community of practice will emerge as a result of working together to put courses online that meet the same curricular requirement. Below is an example of how such a project might look.

Common thread Professional development Design Quality Assurance
Writing emphasis Series of workshops regarding conducting peer reviews, collaborative online writing, and engaging online discussions. Curricular, experiential, and pedagogical goals stress the building of a growth mindset, so the design phase favors the thoughtful giving and receiving of feedback in the writing process. Community of practice emerges for instructors who wish to create an environment where students seek and incorporate feedback in their writing.

How may my college use this grant?

The monies from this grant may be used to incentivize instructors and purchase any necessary materials to create courses that fall under this proposal.

I thought this was an online grant application. Why the mention of the face-to-face modality?

The reality of many programs at UW-Green Bay is that they do not exist in a single modality. Likewise, our students also take courses in multiple modalities. We do a disservice to the majority of our students and our programs when we pretend that they occur in only one modality. While the grant will largely serve to build the capacity of online delivery, we do not wish to ignore the reality that the benefits will also extend into the face-to-face world (and that we wish to build an equally enriching experience across all modalities). 

That said, the monies for this grant cannot be used for the development of face-to-face classes, unless they are part of an overall project that also includes online courses.

Who decides on my proposal?

The RFP committee makes decisions as to which proposals will receive funding. This committee may be comprised of members of the CATL team, previous grant winners, and a member of the Instructional Development Council.

What will happen if my college does not receive this grant?

Unfortunately, the Provost’s office cannot fund all the deserving proposals. If you do not receive funding this time, it is probably not because your proposal was insufficient. Rather, you are encouraged to resubmit your proposal next time unless you received specific feedback to the contrary.

May I discuss my proposal with CATL before submitting this proposal?

Absolutely! You may wish to discuss your proposal with CATL to help get a sense of the feasibility of your timeline, project scope, quality assurance, or any other aspect that brings you concern. If a specific member of the CATL team is on the RFP committee, however, that person cannot provide insight into whether or not your proposal will earn funding.

What is the "maintenance phase"?

Programs enter a "maintenance phase" once CATL and the grantees reach the project goals. Maintenance refers to the periodic checking in to see that the courses are still running well, assignments are going as expected, technology is performing well, etc. Typically, this will entail a check-in after the courses run the first time to address any issues that will have arisen in the initial delivery of the course. After that, CATL and the grantees will decide upon a schedule that will allow for courses to remain up-to-date while also freeing up CATL's time to work with other groups.

Do you have any example grants?

Yes. We have the winning grant proposal from 2018. (Word document)
And. The winning proposal from 2019 (.pdf document)