Call for STEP Proposals!

Summer Grants for Exploration of Technology Enhancing

Teaching, Learning, Research, Scholarly and Creative Work

Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-2015


The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of the College are pleased to announce a joint grant program intended to

  • expand the support for Reynolda campus faculty wishing to explore technology-enhanced teaching and learning or technology-enhanced scholarly or creative work, and

  • encourage development of course materials and online courses in support of the undergraduate mission.

The grants awarded under this program will fund work undertaken during the summer by faculty of the college and ZSR, directed toward these goals:

  • To explore a range of technologies, devices, and software for teaching and learning or scholarly and creative work, and to integrate them into their work.

  • To identify and develop appropriate technologies, using these in the creation of new online courses for summer teaching, with the funding and technical support that is necessary to do so.

  • To develop pedagogic strategies to enhance teaching, learning, research, and/or creative work through the use of technology.

Many promising technologies are available to Wake Forest educators, including video and videoconferencing, smart phones and mobile computing, tablet computers including iPads and Android devices, and ebook readers. In addition, the University owns licenses for video collaboration software, and the University has two new next‐generation video conference rooms. Such technologies are encouraged as part of the proposals. However, the grant program also encourages use and development of other technologies.

Grants may be requested in one of three tracks:

  • Track 1: The traditional Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP), for Reynolda campus faculty wishing to undertake, during the summer, an extensive or in-depth exploration of technology-enhanced teaching and learning or technology-enhanced scholarly or creative work.

  • Track 2: For faculty of the College or ZSR wishing to go beyond exploration and who will commit to deliver components of a technology-supplemented class that results in a comprehensive or significant change in the way the course is taught or students are given feedback or assessed.

  • Track 3: For those faculty in the College or ZSR who commit to designing and implementing a fully online course to be offered in summer school 2015. This work will be undertaken with the help of a technical expert and an instructional designer.  Applications for Track 3 are reviewed by the Online Education Committee of the College (OLEC), who make a recommendation to the Dean and Chief Information Officer.  Additional guidance on the development of online courses and details of the procedures for proposal approval can be found at the Online Education Committee Guidelines and College Policies for Online Course Development.

Stipends for the three Tracks are found in the application form under Budget Guidelines.

In accepting the grant, grantees agree to:

  • Collaborate with others, involving the assistance of at least one technical expert from the Instructional Technology group, Information Systems, ZSR Library, Online Education, etc. We also welcome collaborative efforts among faculty. Track 3 proposals for development of fully online courses must involve both a technical expert and an instructional designer. (Contact Online Education, Brenda Knox, or x4810, to locate an appropriate instructional designer.)

  • Attend several meetings with other grant recipients throughout the summer and two meetings during fall semester to share findings and explore pedagogical and scholarly challenges. A schedule of meetings will be arranged among participants in the summer and fall.

  • Report (in any format, including written, video, or creative technology-enhanced format) on the technology addressing this question: Does this technology hold promise for enhancing teaching, learning, scholarly or creative work? If so, provide an outline of expected applications, the method of evaluation, and anticipated challenges with scaling up or sustaining this use.  Reports should be sent to by January 9, 2015.

  • Present at TechXploration in the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • (For Track 2) implement and integrate the technology into a specific class or classes during the Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015 semesters.

  • (For Track 3) complete a design and prototype implementation of a new online course by the end of Summer 2014 (subject to further refinement in during the 2014-2015 academic year), and offer the online course during Summer 2015, pending approval of the developed course by the Online Education Committee (OLEC).

Grant recipients are also encouraged to share lessons learned with other faculty by mentoring another faculty member wishing to use the same strategy, offering training classes, or writing educational materials for use by others.

Successful award proposals:

  • Clearly state how the project will further the goals of this program.

  • Identify an academic problem or goal and technology to be explored, identify an appropriate (and justified) technology-enhanced solution to the problem, and outline a plan for exploration of how well the technology solves the problem.

  • List support staff involved as well as their responsibilities.

  • Describe the resources required and the required budget.

  • Describe feasibility, given the resources.

  • Make efficient use of already available resources (if applicable).

  • Demonstrate extensibility to other courses or academic applications in the University.

  • Discuss what might be required to adopt the use of the piloted technology.

  • For Track 3, present a timeline for design and implementation of the online course.

Completed applications should be converted to PDF and emailed to by March 16, 2014.

Download the application here.