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Online Course Improvement Grants

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Purpose

The purpose of the Online Course Improvement Grants is to facilitate the redesign of online and hybrid courses that will enhance the overall quality, scope, and reach of teaching and learning at Columbus State University. This will be accomplished by providing financial incentives, expert instructional design assistance, and technology support to faculty.

Goal

Maximize the number of QM certified online and hybrid courses offered by CSU.

Eligibility

  1. All full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty at CSU are eligible to apply for an online course improvement grant.
  2. Faculty must successfully complete the initial Quality Matters (QM) course Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), including the 2014 update workshop if taken prior to August 2014.
  3. Course must have been taught (either face-to-face or online) at least 2 times in the past 36 months.
  4. The proposer does NOT need to have taught the course previously, but preference may be given to those who have.
  5. Grants are limited to course improvements.

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Grant Criteria

This grant is intended for courses that meet at least 75% of the QM essential standards or have a self-evaluation score of at least 60%, but are in need of significant work to meet the full standard for QM certification. These courses will go through an official QM course review with the goal of receiving the QM certification mark which recognizes that this course has met all of the essential standards and receives at least 84 of the possible 99 points on the rubric. The award for this category is a $1500 stipend.

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Stipend Payment

Stipends will be paid upon completion of QM certification or internal review as specified in the corresponding award category.

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Requirements

Grant recipients must agree to present, if selected, at a CSU faculty forum during the next regular academic year (fall or spring) following the one in which the work was done, provided they successfully completed the course improvement grant process.

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Grant Cycle

Application for Course Development Grant

Only one grant cycle per year will be available for course development proposals. The timeline for the 2016 grant cycle is:

Announcement of Request for Proposals February 8, 2017
Grant applications due March 31, 2017
Announcement of grant awards April 24, 2017
Course Improvement Period April - September
Deadline for Course Submission for Peer Review September 22, 2017
QM Reviews Complete December 8, 2017
Grant Stipends Awarded December 2017 / January 2018

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Proposal Requirements

  1. A QM Self-Review of the course as it exists at the time of the proposal must be produced using the online tool available through MyQM. This should be attached to your online submission form in PDF format. For instructions on how to access this tool view the video.
  2. The proposal should indicate which unmet standards in the self-review are to be addressed so that the standard is met and the methods that will be used to accomplish these improvements. Note: Not all unmet standards need to be addressed, but proposals must indicate sufficient standards in order to meet QM standards for certification. 
  3. Proposal restrictions:
    1. Grantees may only have one grant award active at the same time.
    2. Only one instance of a course (e.g., ENGL 1101) may have an active grant award at the same time.
  4. Proposals must include the impact the course has on student programs and how it contributes to your program, department, and/or student needs. The proposal might include, for example, how frequently the course is offered, course enrollment data, which programs are served, and similar information.

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Submission Steps

Application for Course Development Grant

  1. Complete the QM Course Review Application (will be forwarded to chair for approval):
    1. Log into CougarNET
    2. Log into ISIS
    3. Click Faculty + Advisors
    4. Select the Faculty Services Tab
    5. Select Online Course Improvement Grant Application
    6. Fill out and submit
  2. Attach the QM self-review of your course.

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Online Course Improvement Grant Proposal Scoring Rubric

The following scoring rubric is used to determine the priority of awards for applications for course development grants.

Criteria Score Out of Comments
Impact on student programs.   10  
Comprehensive self-review identifying deficiencies and plans for improvement.   15  
Proposed course changes will significantly improve the course.   15  
Proposed course content curated by faculty (vs. outsourced to publisher course packs or other LMS's).   10  
Total Score   50  

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