Learning Innovation Grants

Learning Innovation Grants

We work in a time of unparalleled learning innovation. New technologies emerge that can have a tremendous impact on the student learning experience. Many faculty at Miami are pushing the innovative edge and exploring new terrains of education. Other universities are also doing good work that we all can learn from. In the Office of eLearning at Miami, we want to partner with you (and even others) to explore the exciting new frontiers of instructional innovation.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, eLearning is funding a series of grants to support course-level learning innovation. We invite proposals grounded in our commitment to creating high-quality learning experiences, and we seek to partner together to explore various learning innovations that may be able to foster or enhance the powerful and unique Miami learning experience.

All faculty and full-time instructors are invited to submit proposals focused on one or more of the new and emerging tools and technologies, approaches, and/or teaching strategies that we have listed as “exploration areas” for the 2019-2020 academic year. And even better news: Our staff will be partnering and working with you as we explore these exciting areas of learning innovation. Proposals are not limited to delivery format; they can be in-person, hybrid, or fully online.

Exploration Areas for Course-level Learning Innovation in 2019-2020

  • VR/AR: Researching, developing, and/or implementing a Virtual and/or Augmented Reality instructional element (lesson, module, etc.) into your course.
  • AI/Machine Learning: Exploring how AI (artificial intelligence) and/or Machine Learning is having/making an impact in education
  • Internationally-produced Media and its Effectiveness: Producing internationally-located instructional videos and exploring their effects on student learning.
  • NGDLEs (Next Generation Digital Learning Environments): Collaborating with other leading universities to research various models of NGDLE (Next Generation Digital Learning Environments)
  • Design Thinking and Course Design: Applying design thinking to experiment with transforming and re-inventing a plan for your course.
  • Interactive Instructional Media: Developing and implementing an interactive instructional media project.
  • Storytelling and Narrative Instructional Media: Developing and implementing a narrative instructional media project.
  • Innovative Learning Spaces: Researching and exploring innovative learning spaces
  • Learning "As You Go": Researching, developing, and implementing mobile media or podcasts to enhance courses or programs.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we will fund at least one award in each of the ten exploration areas. Funding levels for awards will vary between $500 - $1,000, depending on the type of project and resources required for implementation. If any travel is needed for substantial collaboration or research with other universities, it will be taken into consideration.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for Learning Innovation Grants closed on October 21, 2019. Proposals are currently being reviewed. Subscribe to email updates to hear about future opportunities.