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Since 2002, the GTA@OIT grant program has successfully assisted Graduate Teaching Assistants and Associates (GTA) in enhancing their course delivery with technology. OIT's Instructional Development and Training provides the GTA@OIT grant program to any GTA, with sole responsibility for teaching a course, who is interested in expanding their teaching practice by redesigning a course or course component for Web-based delivery in Online@UT (Blackboard Learn).
Each fall and spring semester, grant recipients are paired with an OIT Instructional Support Specialist to assist in the redesign and development of the GTA’s course or course component for online delivery. The OIT assistance includes one-on-one instructional design consulting, Technology-Enhanced Classroom training, and consulting on the use of Online@UT (Blackboard Learn) features including: communication, assessment, and evaluation. Recipients are also awarded $1,000 to be used for travel and/or professional development purposes.
Fall 2015 Grant Recipients:
Fostering Early Language Learning Through Mobile Gaming
, Educational Psychology & Counseling
Integrating Online Praxis, Collaborative Dialogue and Blackboard Technology into a Cultural Studies in Education Course
Spring 2015 Grant Recipients:
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Accounting
Haslam College of Business
Incorporating Online Quizzes, Clicker Technology, and Other Blackboard R
sources Into A Tax Course
GTA@OIT Grant Spring 2014
Invitation to Propose:
OIT invites applications twice a year (Fall and Spring) from Graduate Teaching Assistants or Associates interested in expanding their teaching practice by redesigning a course or course component for Web-based delivery. We encourage applicants who are interested in reworking the content of a course for delivery in Online@UT (Blackboard Learn).
If selected, you will receive an award of $1,000 to be used for travel and/or professional development purposes. Monies will be distributed as extra service pay. OIT staff will assist you in the redesign and development of your course component for online delivery. Course must be taught during Summer or Fall, 2014.
You must be a Graduate Teaching Assistant or Associate within an academic department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Although you may be supervised by a professor, department head, and/or course advisor, you must have sole responsibility for teaching a class in order to apply. If you are chosen as a grant recipient, you must be willing to attend a 4-hour workshop at OIT during the week of February 24-28, 2014. The time and date for the workshop will be determined based on grant recipients' schedules.
If you are selected as a grant recipient, your responsibilities include:
Submitting your reflections on the redesign process to OIT once a month. Reflections are due:
March 15, April 15, May 15, 2014.
Designing and implementing a student assessment of your new course or course components.
Writing a final reflection submitted no later than
Friday, August 22, 2014
(Summer delivery) or
Friday, December 19, 2014
(Fall delivery). The final reflection should cover the process and results of implementing the redesigned course or course component, and a description of the student assessment and its results.
Submitting Your Proposals:
Please submit your proposal as either a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file attached to an e-mail. Send your proposal to
. The deadline for submission is
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Award recipients will receive e-mail notification on
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
. If you have questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact 974-9900.
to include the following information:
Your name, title, phone number, e-mail, and UT campus address with four-digit campus zip number
Your college and department, including the department account number
Your Dean: name, phone, and address with four-digit campus zip number
Your Department Head: name, phone, and address with four-digit campus zip number
Your Department IRIS Approver: Name, phone, and address with four-digit campus zip number
Provide a one-paragraph summary of the course or course component/s to be developed.
A narrative (maximum 3 single or double-spaced pages) that includes the following information:
Discuss why the proposed course or course component is needed, and how placing your content online will enhance student learning.
Describe the course or course component in detail, including the intended content.
Project Schedule: Provide a timeline listing the major tasks for this component with anticipated completion dates for each task. Think of this timeline as including the following phases:
Initial meeting with an IT Graduate Assistant mentor to discuss the process of reworking course content for delivery in an online environment.
Meeting with the IT Graduate Student Assistant mentors and other grant recipients to discuss pros and cons of progress to date; share with group what has been accomplished; IT mentors to introduce online evaluation methods.
Analysis of process; show completed course or course component.
Statement of Institutional Support
A brief statement of support from your department head or course advisor will need to be submitted with the proposal. This statement should verify that you have sole responsibility for teaching the course.
Graduate Teaching Associate, Social Work
College of Social Wor
Interactive Technologies in Social Work Education
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
Modern Forengh Languages & Literature
Fostering Early Language Learning Through Mobile Gaming g T
chnologies in Social Work Education
Fall 2014 Grant Recipient:
Public Speaking in a Global Context: Enhancing Computer-Mediated Communication in the Advanced Public Speaking Course
The CMST 250: Advanced Public Speaking course expounds upon the knowledge gained in CMST 210
(Public Speaking), and CMST 240 (Business and Professional Communication). The online
course components Tipton proposes will help students achieve the course learning outcomes by promoting adaptation to varied audiences and situations, and increasing students'
comfort levels with new technology. The proposed components will also enhance computer-mediated
communication in the public speaking classroom, and promote increased job-readiness among
students who successfully complete the course.
Spring 2014 Grant Recipient:
Cutting the Red Tape: Teaching Public Administration Online
This GTA@OIT grant will assist in the collaborative effort with OIT experts to design, develop, and implement a fully online undergraduate introductory course in public administration/policy utilizing the latest research-based online teaching practices. The grant award will help ensure that effective curriculum development and instructional design practices are incorporated throughout the course development process. The course will be offered through Blackboard Learn and will incorporate
several unique teaching delivery tools such as learning modules, interactive discussion boards, grading rubrics, adaptive release, auto-grade quiz functional testing of both instructor and student end-user experiences prior to implementation.
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