Online Course Development Grant


The Online Course Development grant program is designed to promote the development of quality online courses and programs that meet UW-Stevens Point goals. Through this program, instructors may be compensated for the time they spend developing online courses that:
  • Increase access for current students
  • Increase course options, particularly GEP offerings and prerequisites
  • Extend existing curriculum to more students
  • Aid in degree completion
  • Reduce scheduling conflicts

General Information

Grant awards are $1,000 per credit developed, with a maximum of $4,000 per course.   

Following funding approval, a development schedule that aligns with offering the course will be determined by the instructor and design staff. Generally, instructors should expect to meet with design staff a minimum of 1 hour per week and should expect to work a minimum of 2 hours per week on their own.  

The following requirements must be met before grant funds are distributed.
  • Instructor (author) completes the QM DYOC workshop (workshop fee paid by CITL).
  • Course development is completed, in coordination with CITL staff.
  • The course and course materials meet CITL accessibility requirements.
  • 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.
  • The course is offered online.

Proposal Criteria

Grant applications will be assessed based on:

  1. General Education Applicability - higher scores given to courses that fulfill multiple GEP categories
  2. Transferability - based on UW System Transfer Guides
  3. Degree Needs - course can be used in multiple degree programs
  4. High Demand - course has had high enrollment historically, course frequently has a waitlist and/or the course is a bottleneck course
  5. Insourcing – offers a course that UWSP students currently or historically take at a different school
  6. New Market - meets a new audience/group's demand for this course
  7. Other - applicants will have the option to explain during the application process

 

 

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.”

Deadlines

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

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