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Graduate Fellows Program

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) invites applications for graduate student fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. We anticipate that VIDL will select 4 fellowships for this year. Stipends will be approximately $5,500 per academic year (this is intended to reflect a roughly 5-hour commitment weekly). The application package for 2015-2016 will be available on February 27, 2015. It will be of similar format to last year's application package, which is shown below.

The Application

To be considered for a VIDL Graduate Fellowship, a candidate (you!) must be in good academic standing in a graduate program (with preference to PhD students as one factor in selection).

 The application form is attached as a Word document. Please email this application as an attachment named <your-last-name>-VIDL-Application.pdf . Also attach your curriculum vitae (named <your-last-name>-CV.pdf ). Email these documents to

 Important Dates:

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014: Applications promulgated
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014: Applications Due
  • Week of May 12: Finalist interviews (in person or by video conferencing)
  • Monday, May 19, 2014: Graduate Fellow notifications
  • Monday, August 18, 2014: Kickoff meeting at VIDL

More Information About VIDL and The Graduate Fellow Role

VIDL has several missions, to include (a) exploring and supporting the use of online and other digital learning technologies to enhance the on-campus learning experience; (b) supporting and tracking campus research on learning with digital technologies, in areas such as educational data mining and human-computer interactions; and (c) supporting the production of educational content by our faculty and students, to include flagship projects, such as COURSERA online courses.

Graduate Fellows of VIDL will first and foremost advance scholarship in digital learning. Examples of possible projects include data mining of online student behavior; studies of student motivation with online environments; tracking organizational changes at Vanderbilt as a result of the Institute itself; researching a history of selected digital learning technologies such as mobile devices, and investigating societal implications of the technology; preparing, posting, and evaluating original educational online material on a selected topic, and placing it in the web of existing material in that area; characterizing and researching worst-case analyses of peer assessment strategies, rather than (simply) average-case analyses. Grad fellows will also learn about the many aspects of creating and evaluating digital learning content.

Expectations: VIDL Graduate Fellows will document their workflows and other activities for the benefit of others -- on blogs and as documents and multimedia posted the VIDL Web site, Youtube, and elsewhere. We require a weekly commitment to work on the project; meet with VIDL staff; provide progress updates; and contribute to scholarship through public presentations, conferences, journals, or other venues.