The Summer School office launched a successful mini-grant program in 2018 to encourage faculty adoption or expansion of instructional technologies or software use in UNC Summer School courses. The Summer School office will continue to provide funding while CFE manages the application process. The goal is for faculty to adopt interactive software or instructional technologies that they currently do not use and that will enhance student participation and engagement. Proposals that simply provide tools that help faculty with course management are not the focus of this program.

Faculty who teach Summer School courses at UNC-Chapel Hill play a vital role to help many students complete academic requirements needed to graduate on time or visiting students to earn transfer credits to their home institutions. Summer courses also enable students to take courses for personal enrichment or others to complete professional certification. To help students succeed inside and outside the classroom or lab, faculty can teach with technology using a wide variety of tools such as new features in Sakai, software programs relevant to the discipline, augmented or virtual reality, polling or assessment tools, or creative uses of audio or video technologies.

Some faculty welcome technology, seek out the latest software and weave it into their teaching. But the time needed to learn best practices for incorporating new technology into teaching and to research how to choose which tools align best with course objectives can prevent instructors from taking the time to consider such innovation in teaching. These Summer School Mini-Grants are designed to encourage faculty to pursue innovative teaching.

Who is Eligible
The Mini-Grant Program is open to faculty who will be teaching courses during Summer School in the Maymester, First Session, or Second Session, AND who have taught that course in at least one prior summer.

Faculty Support
The partnership involves the Center for Faculty Excellence, Information Technology Services-Teaching and Learning, University Libraries, OASIS, BeAM (network of makerspaces) and UNC-CH Summer School. Support partners will consult with grant winners to help implement their technology ideas.

Those faculty selected will receive a $750 grant in recognition of the extra effort and time to learn and adopt the technology/software for their 2019 summer course. The goal is to award at least 20 grants. The grant would be paid at the same time as the instructor’s summer teaching stipend. The faculty members receiving the grants would be expected to participate in a one-time Information Session in Fall 2019 to share with other faculty what they learned, recommendations and reflections, and what’s next. This initiative could also assist faculty interested in learning more about supported technology and/or software on campus that could lead to an application for the CFE/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants program.

How to Apply

Any faculty members who will teach during Summer School 2019 and are interested are encouraged to attend the Information Session where you can hear from other faculty and speak with any of the presenters and consultants as you consider various instructional technologies to enhance your summer course.

Information Session- Summer School Teaching with Technology Mini-Grants
Oct. 24, 2018 (8:45-10:45am)
Davis Library, Research Hub
8:45-9:00 – Coffee and bagels
9:00-9:45 – Overview, Panel of Summer 2018 faculty
9:45-10:30 – Connecting to Campus Technology
(ITS-T&L; OASIS; University Libraries; CFE; BeAM)
10:30-10:45 – Q&A

The Information Session was not videotaped. However, faculty who are interested can access presentation slides and other information via a Sakai site. To request access to the Sakai site, please contact Dr. Doug James at

Prior to completing the online application, faculty should draft two documents:
1) Summer School course syllabus
2) A brief description (maximum 300 words) describing what new technology you plan to use in the course, how you plan to incorporate it, and what benefit it will have for student learning, participation or engagement.

Once the two documents noted above are ready, faculty should complete the brief online application at:

Deadline to Apply:
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. A Review Team will determine whether the proposal can be funded and supported by campus resources in Summer School. Faculty selected will be notified by Jan. 7, 2019.


For more information, contact Dr. Doug James at or 919-966-4838.

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