Innovation Scholar Award Programs
Pitch your idea to our selection committee on December 8 or 11, 2017 (Friday or Monday)
Innovation Scholar award programs give online teaching faculty and content experts
the opportunity to benefit from technology funding and Innovation Team consultation
and support toward a proposed Innovation project. Scholars will present their ideas
at the Online Learning Innovation Summit (OLIS) in February 2018.
Four Ways to be an Innovation Scholar
Each year, the Innovation Team will accept applications for one of three UA Innovation
Scholar opportunities. The Innovation Scholar awards are part of a tiered program,
designed to honor and support innovation at all levels:
- The Innovation Scholar in Residence program is aimed at faculty whose innovation projects are designed for broad impact
throughout every portion of a course, or across multiple courses within a given curriculum.
- The Innovation Spirit Scholar program is aimed at faculty whose innovation projects will impact particular areas
within an online course. These projects may span multiple modules, or might comprise
multiple segments or phases that address specific teaching and learning goals.
- The Innovation Spark Scholar program is aimed at faculty whose innovation projects are designed as "plus one"
initiatives to spark student engagement. These projects may be small in scope but
bring benefit to students in terms of interaction, community formation, and/or pioneering
- The Innovation Scholar Team program is aimed at innovation projects that involve groups of faculty in development,
implementation and assessment phases.
The Innovation Team looks forward to working with motivated online teaching faculty 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
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, whose projects will also be highlighted at the UA Online Learning Innovation
- Applicant must be University of Alabama faculty
- Proposal must be for the improvement, enhancement, development of an online course
that is either part of an existing online degree program, or that fulfills core curriculum
requirements for a degree program.
- Proposed projects should aim for direct impact on student learning, student engagement,
exploratory use of technology, and/or fostering of academic community.
- Individual proposals will include a budget for funds requested (if any).
- Individual 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.
- Individual proposals will include a letter of support from department committing 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.