The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) announces a call for proposals to initiate a new series of experimental working groups in digital innovation. These small working groups are designed to provide faculty with the resources for open-ended experimentation with a novel digital tool, pedagogic approach or research avenue.
VIDL will provide funds of up to $4,000 for eligible workshops to be spent primarily at the group’s discretion, with likely expenses being for equipment, expertise, speakers, etc. Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following criteria:
- Inclusion of a significant digital learning component
- Advance novel research approaches
- Potential to make an impact on campus
- Involvement of faculty from across disciplinary backgrounds
Proposals should include:
- A group organizer who is a member of the Vanderbilt faculty assembly (full-time, part-time, tenure, non-tenure)
- Name, position, department and email address of all members
- An overview of the group’s goals (up to one additional page)
All members of the group need not be working on the same project but may share an interest in applying the same technology or idea to a wide variety of individual projects.
The default expectation is that working groups will consist of five to 10 faculty members meeting at least monthly over the course of one year. Deviations from this model are welcome but should be explained in the proposal. Graduate students may be included but should not make up a majority of the working group.
Existing working groups on campus (for example, those sponsored by the library, the Center for Teaching or the Center for Second Language Studies) should feel free to apply for funding.
Groups receiving funding will be expected to:
- Provide a report on how the funds are spent
- Share outcomes of their projects
- Share their experiences at a later date
Groups are encouraged to build on their successes after the funding period’s end.
The deadline for submissions is April 22. Awards will be announced May 14.
The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) is seeking nominations for two student awards: The Prize for Digital Innovation by an Undergraduate Student and the Prize for Digital Innovation by a Graduate or Professional Student.
Awards will consist of $500 for the top prize, $250 for second prize and $100 for third prize for both the undergraduate and graduate/professional categories.
Awards will be given for student projects that illustrate innovation in digital learning tied to either research or pedagogy, including research in the digital humanities. Awarded projects may emerge from course work or thesis or dissertation research, but are not limited to these types of projects.
A wide net for nominations will be cast, with the main goal being to highlight innovation. Nominated projects should illustrate new ideas or directions in digital learning.
Nominations should include:
- A letter of nomination describing the project, explaining the reasons for which it was developed and highlighting its innovative features; and
- The names of everyone involved if the project was carried out by more than one person, with the respective work percentage of each person described.
Self-nominations will be accepted.
Awards in the undergraduate category will only be given to projects for which the majority of the work was carried out by undergraduate students, and awards in the graduate/professional category will only be awarded to projects carried out primarily by graduate/professional students.
The deadline is April 15. Only projects completed in the last two years will be considered.
VIDL will accept proposals for funding of up to $500 for faculty and staff with preference given to requests for the purchase of digital equipment to aid with innovative projects in teaching or research. Funding can be used to purchase minor equipment and software (e.g., microphones or cameras) meant to enhance innovation, and VUIT staff can offer advice on software and equipment purchases.
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis year-round, and decisions on awards will be made once a month by the VIDL staff.
Applications should be no longer than one page and should include
- justification for the grant explaining how it will lead to innovation in teaching or research by the faculty member
- a budget with documented pricing
Those receiving grants will be expected to provide
- a brief report on their use of the equipment
- justification for its future use
- the possibility of sharing the experience at a forum at a later date
Receipt of a MicroGrant does not include training or technical support.
All members of the Vanderbilt faculty (full-time, part-time, tenure, non-tenure) and full-time staff in the College of Arts and Science, Law School, Owen Graduate School, Peabody College, Blair School of Music, School of Engineering, Divinity School, School of Medicine Basic Science departments, and School of Nursing faculty in non-clinical departments are eligible to apply.
MacroGrants are a seed-funding program to promote development and research in digital learning. The goal of this program is to jumpstart innovative projects that may otherwise not be undertaken, such as online closed seminars or digital learning workshops. Ideally, these projects will continue to grow beyond the initial seed-funding period. VIDL invites proposals for projects ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Proposals will be evaluated in consultation with a faculty committee. Priority will be given to projects that:
- identify benefits of the project for on-campus education
- identify research opportunities stemming from the project
- identify potential steps beyond the initial seed-funding period
Additional criteria for selection may include:
- feasibility of the project plan
- relationships to other Vanderbilt stakeholders
- benefits to the region, nation, and world
The grants are intended to be as flexible as needed to best support each project. However, the following expenses are typical:
- purchase of necessary equipment or software
- payment of an undergraduate or graduate student for labor
- payment for expert labor found either on or off campus
- other activities and resources
All recipients of awards will be asked to provide a report on the project and to make a public presentation on campus. They also may be asked to talk to those who make proposals in the future.
All members of the Vanderbilt faculty (full-time, part-time, tenure, non-tenure) and full-time staff in the College of Arts and Science, Law School, Owen Graduate School, Peabody College, Blair School of Music, School of Engineering, Divinity School, School of Medicine Basic Science departments, and School of Nursing faculty in non-clinical departments are eligible to apply. Proposals that include support for students, at any level, are encouraged.
Proposals should include a cover page with the project title, name, title and contact information for the project director and a summary of the project’s goals, activities, benefits, timeline and post-funding potential. Applicants should also provide a proposed budget for one year and details on budget items.
When to Apply
Applications are due:
- by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, for an anticipated start date as early as June 1, 2016.
- by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov 4, 2016, for an anticipated start date as early as Dec. 1, 2017.
• 35 discrete applications or nominations were received.
• 107 faculty, staff, and students were involved in these applications or nominations.
• $46,073 has been granted to date via 20 grants or awards.
A seed-funding program to promote development and research in digital learning. The goal of this program is to jumpstart innovative projects that may otherwise not be undertaken. These ideally will continue to grow beyond the initial seed-funding period.
• $9,980 - CollabSNAP. Profs. Douglas Clark and Corey Brady, Peabody. CollabSNAP develops modular functionality for the open-source programming environment SNAP, intended to lower the threshold for engaging non-programmers in collaborative programming and modeling.
• $9,852 - Learning Anatomy through Digital Platforms. Prof. Jon Kaas and Dan Miller, Arts and Science. Project will expand on a web application designed to collect anatomical data and crowdsource data analysis. Expanded app will greatly increase speed of data collection, and facilitate an expansion of student comprehension of anatomy, as well as monitor and assess learning outcomes.
Funded in part:
• $5,500 – Mapping the Refugee Crisis. Profs. Lilla Balint and Lutz Koepnick, Arts and Science. Project aims to construct an open-ended website to built on undergraduate research that utilizes digital mapping tools and data visualization in various forms to explore and analyze the most recent waves of migration to German- speaking countries.
Up to $500 for faculty and staff with preference given to requests for the purchase of digital equipment to aid with innovative projects in teaching or research.
• Haerin Shin, English. Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality (VR) headset that allows its users to engage with multimedia content in a virtual 3D environment. $99.
• Jessica Greenfield, Italian. Digital recording equipment for students abroad to collect “authentic resources” for later classroom use. $489.
• Christina Marasco, Biomedical Engineering. Equipment to enhance spatial cognition training using 3D Virtual environments. $500.
• Alistair Sponsel, History. Underwater digital photography equipment to advance History of Exploration teaching and research activities. $500.
• Edward Cheng, Law. Podcasting equipment to enhance scholarly and general knowledge related to law of evidence and proof. $500.
• Melanie Morris, Nursing. Tablet to investigate the effect of nurse-navigated mobile messaging support on primiparous women’s postpartum symptom experience. $500.
• Todd Hughes, CLSL. Purchase of OCR equipment and software for text mining projects. $450.
Awards for student projects that illustrate innovation in digital learning tied to either research or pedagogy.
• Ellen Wang, “Seven Yellow Faces” for course project in Asian American Literature, Prof. Haerin Shin. $500.
• Emma Baker, “The Imperfect Copy” for course project in Literature, Science, and Technology, Prof. Haerin Shin. $250.
• Michael Zoorob, “2015 Political Survey of Vanderbilt Undergraduates” for the Vanderbilt Political Review. $100.
Awarded for the Graduate and Professional Student Prize:
• Don Rodriquez, “Shakespeare, Editor.” $500.
• Jared Shenson and Ryan Adams, “iPads in the Anatomy Lab.” $250.
• Collen Russo, “Children and Touchscreen Devices.” $100.
Designed to provide faculty with the resources for open-ended experimentation with a novel digital tool, pedagogic approach or research avenue.
• Semantic Web, Steven Baskauf organizer. Working group designed to explore the semantic web and linked open data to enable “smart” navigation among global data nodes. Participants range across 4 departments and the library. $4000.
• Digital Storytelling, Laura Carpenter and Mark Schoenfield organizers. Working group focused on combining the art of telling stories with computer-based multimedia, including audio, video, graphics, and web publishing to enhance active teaching and professional outreach. Participants include 7 departments and campus centers. $4000.
• Virtual Reality, Ole Molvig organizer. Working group organized around sharing the expense and expertise required to explore the possibilities of virtual reality technologies. Participants are drawn from 5 VU colleges and growing. $4000.
• Language and Education Adaptive Reading Network (LEARN), Georgene Troseth organizer. Working group formed to design and explore closed-loop digital tools to engage reading and foster language development in low-income family environments. Participants drawn from 5 departments. $4000.
Awards for 2015-2016
Harnessing Digital Storytelling for Teaching and Research
- Laura M. Carpenter (PD); Department of Sociology, also affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society
Learning Old French in an Immersive Video Game Environment
- Lynn Ramey (PD); Department of French and Italian
Using Interactive Video to Teach Clinical Procedures
- Amy Robertson, MD (PD); School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
- Leslie Fowler, MEd; Department of Anesthesiology
Exploring Open Textbooks at Vanderbilt
- David Weintraub (PD); Department of Astronomy
Awards for 2014-2015
Our America Digital Learning Lab
- Ifeoma Nwankwo (PD); English, also affiliated to other departments in A&S and Peabody
Building Modular Courses in Global Health Informatics
- Stephany Duda (PD) and Cindy Gadd; Biomedical Informatics
- Douglas Heimburger and Marie Martin; Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
- Marie Griffin; Public Health Program
Deploying Collaborative Technology to Expand and Enhance Learning
- Nunzia Guise; Biomedical Informatics and Eskind Biomedical Library
- Rachel Walden (PD); Eskind Biomedical Library
Midwifery Skills Through a New Lens
- Julia Phillippi (PD), Margaret Buxton, Michelle Collins, Sharon Holley, Linda Hughlett,
Tonia Moore-Davis, Jeremy Neil, and Deanna Pilkenton; Nursing