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Instructional Design & Support

Project RITE Call for Proposals

This Grant is Currently Under Review

Please check back for more information in November 2017.

Final Deliverable

  1. A completed, scholarly research study, presentable at a scholarly conference, and/or publishable in an educational or disciplinary journal that answers a specific question about the effect of instructional technology on student learning. OR
  2. A grant proposal for external funding to continue research or take it to another level.

Proposal Deadline

We are currently not accepting proposals at this time. Please contact if you have any questions.



File Format

Proposals should be submitted via email as either a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file attachment to


University of Tennessee Knoxville & Martin Faculty


Project RITE is an opportunity for University of Tennessee Knoxville and Martin faculty to design and conduct their own research regarding the question of how instructional technology affects student learning. Participants will design research pilots/projects to investigate the use and effectiveness of teaching strategies that implement technology to enhance both the teaching and learning process. Some past RITE Projects include: enhancing cooperative learning with mobile devices (Wyatt, 2006); extending learning beyond the classroom with blogging (Paulus & Jahns, 2007); modifying classroom techniques based on learning styles (Joost & Yong, 2008); and increasing learner engagement in the online learning environment (Donovant, 2010).

When designing research projects, it is recommended that participants consider questions such as the following:

  1. Is technology helping students learn better? If so, how? If not, why?
  2. Which technologies are most effective in enhancing the learning process?
  3. What kinds of learning does technology promote?
  4. What learning activities will improve because of the use of technology?
  5. What learning abilities, attitudes, and skills are best enhanced by the use of technology?
  6. How is technology best used in the classroom in your discipline?
  7. What learning activities do not appear to be enhanced by technology?
  8. What learning problems are you seeking to solve?
  9. What successes or failures have you experienced with incorporating technology in your classes?
  10. What are your learning goals?
  11. Priority will be given to proposals that include collaboration with student researchers and/or other disciplines, or those that align with institutional goals/initiatives, i.e. Ready for the World.

Proposal Format

Proposals should be limited to four single-spaced pages and should include discussion of each of the following 6 areas:

  1. The Research Problem
    State the problem as clearly and concisely as possible so reviewers can easily identify the proposal focus.
  2. The Literature Review
    Conduct a review of the literature in your discipline and/or fields of instructional technology and/or higher education to support the research problem.
  3. The Project Significance
    The problem investigated by your research should be directly related to the larger question of how instructional technology impacts the learning process for students of higher education. Be sure to describe any significance your research may have for University of Tennessee specifically, or for higher education as a whole.
  4. The Methodology
    Clearly describe how the research will be carried out, the data that will be collected, and the plan for analyzing data.
  5. The Timeline
    Provide an estimated timeline for the research pilot/project.
  6. The Budget
    Provide a detailed budget. Funds may be used for research assistance, equipment, extra service pay, or research-related travel.


(1). If you are using this opportunity to enhance funding you have already secured, please state your other funding source and indicate how Project RITE funding will augment your other project(s).

(2). If your project requires funding over the $3000 award, you may request additional funds. However, additonal funding is only granted pending availability. Append the requested amount to your budget and justify the significance of additional funding for your project.

Statement of Institutional Support

Submit a brief statement of support from your department head as part of the proposal. This may be sent to Christina Goode at or mailed to Greve Hall 514-A, 821 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville, TN  37996-3395.


Proof of IRB approval must be submitted to OIT before grant funds will be transferred to participants.

Participants may be required to blog their research experience (blog tool will be provided).

Participants will conduct a brief presentation on their research results at a future faculty brown bag/workshop.

Participants may be asked to serve on the selection committee for future Project RITE calls.

If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Christina Goode at 865-974-6470 or

This grant is funded by the Office of Information Technology.

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.




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