Innovation Catalyst Award Programs
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.
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
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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.