UTC Mini-Grant for Educational Technology

During the current 2020-2021 academic year, the University Teaching Council is pleased to offer mini-grants for the acquisition of educational technology to support innovations in face-to-face, online, or remote instruction.

The aim of the grant is to help faculty defray the high cost of educational technology they wish to implement to improve their teaching, their students’ learning, or their productivity working more fully in a remote environment. The UTC will accept applications for funds up to $200 for educational technology, including software, access to applications such as polling, engagement and communication platforms (e.g. different videoconferencing platforms) and hardware (e.g., digital pens, webcams, virtual reality cameras, microphones). Proposals should demonstrate how implementation of the proposed technology may lead to innovative, original, or improved learning experiences. Applicants should highlight the expected impact the technology will have (no more than 500 words or 3,500 characters).  Please note that KSU is tax extempt and cannot pay sales tax on items purchased.  For a blanket tax exempt certificate.

Deadlines: Applications for mini-grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated twice each month until all available funds are used, or until the end of the current fiscal year. Please allow up to 30 days for your application to be reviewed. Non-supported costs: building improvements, technology for solely personal use, equipment that has typically been used under non-pandemic conditions, and materials that would normally be considered the responsibility of the department/program.

Eligibility: The awards may be individual or collaborative (within a department or between departments, colleges, campuses, or institutions). All faculty members at any of the eight Kent State University campuses are eligible to apply. However, for continuity purposes, part-time or adjunct faculty will require a full-time faculty co-applicant. Funds will be awarded to those activities which have a clear connection to the advancement of learning and educational excellence at Kent State University and reflect the mission of the University Teaching Council. Faculty may receive only one mini-grant. Full-time faculty serving as co-applicants with part-time faculty will remain eligible for individual mini-grants.

Expectations for Recipients: Grant recipients are expected to make a panel and/or poster presentation at the annual College Teaching Conference in the Fall in order to receive future funding from the UTC.

Important Notes: It is intended that any instructional technology or subscription continue to be used to support learning at Kent State University. Faculty who no longer have an instructional role at the university should either pass it on to their co-applicant, a Kent State colleague or return it to the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of their equipment loan program. Exceptions will be made for faculty members who have used their own funds to help pay for the technology/subscription. If funds are used to support a subscription-based service, UTC will not pay for subscriptions in subsequent years.

2020-2021 Mini-Grant Application