Online Course Development Grants

The Online Course Development Grant programs are designed to promote the development of quality, inclusive, and student-centered online courses that align with UW-Stevens Point and UW-System goals. Through both the New Online Course Development Grant and the Online Course Revision Grant, instructors may be compensated for the time they spend developing or revising online courses that:

  • Increase overall enrollment
  • Increase access for current students
  • Strengthen UWSP’s Online GEP offerings
  • Extend existing curriculum to more students
  • Aid in degree completion

Proposal Criteria

Grant applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

    General Education Attributes - higher scores given to courses that fulfill GEP requirements
    Transferability – higher scores given to courses that are more transferrable, applicants can consult the UW System Transfer Guides for more information

    Degree Needs – higher scores given to courses that serve multiple degrees/programs
    High Demand – higher scores given to courses that are in high demand such as courses with high enrollment during past terms, courses frequently having a waitlist and/or courses that are common bottlenecks for students
    Insourcing – higher scores given to courses that students typically take from other institutions due to lack of availability at UWSP
    New Market – higher scores given to courses that show demand from new student populations
    Other - applicants will have the option to explain other reasons that their course should be awarded a development grant

When completing a grant application please provide as much information as possible. Applications with higher scores in multiple categories are more likely to receive grant funding.

New Online Course Development Grant

The New Online Course Development Grant supports the development of new online courses. Grants are available for online courses that have not been offered online during the last four terms.

New Online Course Development Grant awards are $1,000 per credit, up to $4,000.

The following requirements must be met before grant funds are distributed.

  1. Instructor (author) completes the QM DYOC workshop (workshop fee paid by CITL).
  2. Course development is completed in coordination with CITL staff.
  3. The course, and course materials, meet CITL accessibility requirements.
  4. The course passes a QM review managed by CITL staff. Passing a QM review includes the completion of self-reviews by the instructor and at least two CITL staff and course revisions/updates to meet QM standards.
  5. The course is offered online.

Apply for a New Online Course Development Grant

Online Course Revision Grant

The Online Course Revision Grant supports the revision of existing online courses. Courses that have been funded through the New Online Course Development Grant program within the last three years are not eligible for this grant, unless extenuating circumstances exist.

Online Course Revision Grant awards are $500 per credit, up to $2,000.

The following requirements must be met before grant funds are distributed.

  1. Instructor (author) completes the QM IYOC workshop (workshop fee paid by CITL).
  2. Course revision is completed in coordination with CITL staff.
  3. The course, and course materials, meet CITL accessibility requirements.
  4. The course passes a QM review managed by CITL staff. Passing a QM review includes the completion of self-reviews by the instructor and at least two CITL staff and course revisions/updates to meet QM standards.
  5. The course is offered online.

Apply for an Online Course Revision Grant

 

Grant Funded Online Courses Developed with CITL

Summer 2017
  • Spanish 101
  • Psychology 260 (SS)
  • Biology 100 (NS)
  • Food and Nutrition 253

  • Fall 2017
  • Political Science 380
  • English 354

  • Winter 2018
  • *Geography 341
  • Music 105 (USD, ART)

  • Spring 2018
  • *Geography 341
  • Accounting 211
  • Psychology 260 (SS)
  • Communication 280 (SS)
  • Communication 240 (SS)

  • Summer 2018
  • Education 790
  • History 177 (HP, USD)
  • Math 111 (QL)
  • Sociology 101 (SS, USD)

  • *Indicates courses co-developed by two or more instructors.

    GE attributes indicated in parentheses

    RECENT GRANT RECIPIENTS


    Melissa Maier, Ph.D.Melissa Maier
    Assistant Professor, Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

    “I really enjoyed spending my summer working through the CITL’s Online Course Development grant program. Being a part of this program allowed me the time, space, and structure to develop a thoughtful, student-centered course."
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    “I really enjoyed spending my summer working through the CITL’s Online Course Development grant program. Being a part of this program allowed me the time, space, and structure to develop a thoughtful, student-centered course. Eric and the CITL team helped me refine my course goals, develop a variety of assessments, and streamlined my course structure to be more user-friendly. I really appreciated the Eric’s willingness to meet with me, provide me constructive feedback, and keep me on a productive schedule. I believe both my students and I will have a great experience in my online course thanks to the grant program and the CITL staff.”


    Mert Kartal, Ph.D.Mert Kartal
    Assistant Professor of Political Science


    "Given the current trend in academia toward offering more online courses, I firmly believe that CITL has taken on the very important responsibility of assisting UWSP faculty and staff to adopt their online course offerings to the changing dynamics of higher education. I am grateful for all the help they have provided, and I sincerely hope I will be able to share what I have learned with other educators in the future."
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    “I had had experience with online teaching both at UW-Madison and UWSP before I had a chance to work with the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL) in the summer of 2017. The time I spent with Lindsay Bernhagen and Eric Simkins from May to August has substantially transformed the way I design my online courses. Thanks to detailed and regular feedback from Eric, I have been able to find several ways to make Poli 380: Conflict, Security, and Peace in International Relations, which I am currently teaching as a 100% online course, not only more efficient but also more accessible for students. I am glad to see that the feedback I have received from my students in Poli 380 so far have been very positive. They seem to appreciate the significantly more interactive nature of the course. Given the current trend in academia toward offering more online courses, I firmly believe that CITL has taken on the very important responsibility of assisting UWSP faculty and staff to adopt their online course offerings to the changing dynamics of higher education. I am grateful for all the help they have provided, and I sincerely hope I will be able to share what I have learned with other educators in the future.”

    Timelines

    Term Course Will be Offered Application Deadline​ Approval Decision​ Begin Development​ Complete Development​
    ​Fall May 1​ ​May 15 ​June 1 ​August 25
    Winter​ & Spring ​August 15
    ​September 1
    ​September 20 ​December 20
    ​Summer January 15
    ​January 25
    ​February 15 ​May 15

    Please see the timeline below to familiarize yourself with expected workflow during the course development process.

    Online Course Development Timeline