UCLA 2015 Grants for Technology Enhanced Instruction


(September, 2015) - EVC and Provost Scott Waugh is announcing a campus-wide call for proposals for fully online and hybrid courses that will address UCLA's strategic efforts in the use of educational technology in its curricular programs. Proposals to create new courses and/or transform existing undergraduate, graduate and professional courses using new pedagogical and delivery systems are encouraged. Unfortunately, based on the restrictions on the use of state funds, financing for self-supporting degrees is unlikely. To provide support to those faculty developing proposals and to ensure adequate campus support is in place for building the courses, anyone interested in developing a proposal should contact Prof. Jan Reiff via e-mail at jreiff@ucla.edu.

Each of the funded projects will need to demonstrate how it contributes to campus or programmatic initiatives. In addition, proposals should be consistent with the four target goals that underlie this initiative:

  1. To explore how these courses might enable departments and programs to eliminate obstacles that currently hinder students' successful and timely progress toward their degrees;
  2. To expand our community of practice with emerging technologies and pedagogical methods in offering the richest possible learning environments for all UCLA students;
  3. To evaluate student learning in these courses in ways that assess the effectiveness of these formats in individual classes and within programmatic curricula and to build and assess appropriately-used educational analytics designed to improve learning effectiveness;
  4. To use the development and delivery of these courses to assess the resources required to develop, deliver, update, and support such courses and to begin building those resources.

We anticipate funding up to ten courses to be developed during AY 2015-2016 and to be offered for the first time in AY 2016-2017. Each supported course will need to be offered a minimum of three times over a three year period. A department may decide to offer the course more often and it may also be taught in summer session or be opened to UC cross-campus enrollment.

Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty or departments and may be for one course or for multiple courses that share a programmatic focus. All proposals will need to include an explanation of how the revision or creation of the course or courses will contribute to the curriculum of the departmental, IDP, or school/division. Although proposals will emerge from instructional units, partnerships across departments and other campus entities such as the University Library will be welcomed.

It is strongly suggested interested faculty initiate a discussion with Prof. Jan Reiff to identify individuals on campus (individuals who have taught online courses or have been involved in designing or implementing such courses) who might be helpful in drafting the actual proposal. There will be two deadlines for proposals: November 2, 2015 and March 15, 2016. Up to four proposals will be funded in the first round; revised proposals from the first round will be welcomed in the second round. All proposals will be asked to include the following elements:

  1. A discussion of how the course(s) fit into the pedagogical goals of the program of which it is a part;
  2. A proposed syllabus;
  3. A plan (including schedule) for the development of the course;
  4. A plan for evaluating student learning in the course and within the program;
  5. Resources necessary to build and offer the course;
  6. Letters of support from the department chair and dean that indicate when and by whom the course will taught in the first three years and how the course fits programmatic and curricular needs.

Proposals will be reviewed by faculty and instructional designers drawn from across campus. Notifications will be made approximately three weeks after the deadline. Development can begin any time thereafter.

The text of the EVC and Provost annoucnement can be found here.

Proposal Requirements

  • Course Approval Requirements for Fully Online Courses - Online course proposals will be guided by the December 2014 "UCLA Undergraduate Fully Online Course Approval Policy" (PDF) and the "UCLA Policy on the Approval of Fully Online Graduate Courses".
  • Course Assessment and Evaluation - We have assembled a list of institutional, department and program, and instructional outcome goals: Evaluation and Assessment (PDF).
  • Accessibility Considerations - All courses are expected to comply with ADA guidelines. Any additional accommodations for UCLA students will be through the Office for Students with Disabilities. We will work with you to implement appropriate mechanism for your course to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines.
  • Intellectual Property - A campus agreement regarding intellectual property and use of extraordinary university resources, ("UCLA ILTI Online Course Agreement") has been devised for the ILTI program and will be leveraged for the UCLA grants. The draft will undergo the appropriate Senate and administrative review process during the coming year. One of the key reasons for introducing this limited-use, limited-scope, draft agreement is to receive feedback from faculty.

Next Steps

Designing and developing a modern technology-enhanced fully online or hybrid course generally involves a team of people. With faculty at the center, the course design may necessitate drawing upon expertise in: project management; video and audio production; animation; programming; accessibility for the disabled; incorporating copyrighted or third-party content; assessment and evaluation, and more.

If you are interested in developing a proposal, we highly recommend contacting Prof. Jan Reiff to discuss your course ideas and identify individuals who can supplement your local or department support and help to successfully design, create, and launch a technology-enhanced course.

Getting Started with Technology Enhanced Course Development

If you are just beginning to consider online teaching, we encourage you to review the online teaching resources OID has developed. Faculty considering a proposal are encouraged to review interviews with UCLA faculty members who have taught online courses.

High-Enrollment, High-Demand and Impacted Courses

If you are curious, this list of High-Enrollment, High-Demand and Impacted Courses (PDF) may help you determine whether courses you teach may be good candidates toward alleviating stress on impacted and high demand courses.

Process Overview

The steps in this grant process are:

  • Faculty receive grant announcement.
  • Faculty contact Prof. Jan Reiff (jreiff@ucla.edu) to discuss course and identify support resources.
  • Faculty meet with selected support staff.
  • Faculty submit application for Technology Enhanced Instruction course(s).
  • Grant applications will be peer-reviewed by a faculty committee.
  • Awards will determined.
  • Course development will begin, often drawing upon the same expertise and individuals who helped determine your resource needs.

Proposal Submission

Please download, complete and submit this application. Your final application packet should include:

  • A completed grant application.
  • Course syllabus. For revised course proposals, please submit the original course syllabus.
  • Letters from your department Chair and Dean indicating their commitment to supporting and offering the course.
  • A signed copy of the UCLA ILTI Online Course Agreement.

Please submit your application and supporting documents via email to: uclaonline@g.ucla.edu.