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The Summer School office launched a successful Teaching With Technology Mini-Grant Program in 2018 to encourage faculty adoption or expansion of instructional technologies or software use in Summer School courses. The Summer School office will continue to provide funding while the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) manages the Mini-grant Program. 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 Carolina play a vital role in helping many students complete academic requirements needed to graduate on time and visiting students earn transfer credits to their home institutions. Summer School courses also enable students to take courses for personal enrichment and others 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, or campus-supported tools for classroom communication, polling, or multimedia uses (i.e., Adobe, PollEverywhere, VoiceThread, or Zoom).

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. While graduate student and post-doc instructors can apply if they meet both criteria, priority will be given to faculty.

Faculty Support
The partnership involves the Center for Faculty Excellence, Information Technology Services-Teaching and Learning, University Libraries, OASIS, BeAM (network of makerspaces), and 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 and/or software for their 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 should be available to participate in a one-time Information Session after teaching 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 or instructors who will teach during Maymester or Summer School 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
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM
304 Wilson Library (lower level)

Register Here

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.

Deadline to Apply:
The deadline to submit an application has passed. Please watch for announcements for Summer 2021.


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

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