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Innovation Catalyst Award Programs

Submit your idea by November 20, 2017: click here

Pitch your idea to our selection committee on December 8 or 11, 2017 (Friday or Monday)

Innovation Catalyst programs give staff who work in development and delivery of online courses the opportunity to benefit from technology funding and Innovation Team consultation and support toward a proposed Innovation Catalyst project.  This competitive, team-based award is offered in order to allow Instructional Technology and Academic Services staff a space in which to develop and experiment with new pedagogy, technology, learning objects and delivery methods in support of online teaching and learning.  Catalysts will present their ideas at the Online Learning Innovation Summit (OLIS) on January 26, 2018.

Proposal Guidelines

The Innovation Team looks forward to working with motivated course development and delivery staff who need funding and expertise to get their ideas off the ground.  We are accepting submissions for any project that promotes these qualities in online classes: 

  • excellence in student engagement (to course material, to other students and/or to students’ broader communities)
  • excellence in the delivery of interactive and engaging course content
  • excellence in the formation of academic community
  • excellence in pioneering new approaches to the use of technology in online teaching and learning

Requested materials funding as well as Innovation Team support and consultation time will be awarded to the top projects in January 2018 at a reception honoring Innovation Scholars and Catalysts, whose projects will also be highlighted at the UA Online Learning Innovation Summit on January 26, 2018.

Proposal Stipulations

  • Applicant must be a member of Instructional Technology and Academic Services staff; team members may be faculty, content experts or staff from other areas of UA.
  • Proposed projects should aim for direct impact on student learning and/or engagement, excellence in teaching, exploratory use of technology, and/or fostering of academic community.
  • Proposals will include a budget for funds requested (if any).
  • Proposals will include a timetable for development and pilot of proposed innovation project, including a robust schedule for meeting and consultation with the Innovation Team, projected over the course of development and pilot semesters.
  • Proposals will include plans for assessment of impact on student success, student engagement, formation of academic community, or other measures relevant to the project.
  • Proposals will include a letter of support from a supervisor allowing awardee(s) time to work on project.
  • Development phase must begin within two terms of selection.
  • Pilot phase must begin within three terms of selection
  • Awardee(s) commit to present a brief project pitch at OLIS 2018 and to share results at future such events.
  • Awardee(s) commit to share results at online teaching conferences and similar opportunities; conference funding may be available through CCS.