Innovation Scholar Award Programs

Submit your idea by November 5, 2018: click here

Pitch your idea to our selection committee on December 7 or 10, 2018 (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) on Friday, February 1, 2019.

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 technologies. 
  • The Innovation Scholar Team program is aimed at innovation projects that involve groups of faculty in development, implementation and assessment phases.

Proposal Guidelines

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 and learning

Requested materials funding as well as Innovation Team support and consultation time will be awarded to the top projects in January 2019 at a reception honoring Innovation Scholars, whose projects will also be highlighted at the UA Online Learning Innovation Summit.

Proposal Stipulations

  • 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.
  • 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 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.