Teaching & Learning Commons Technology Integration Grant

Purpose: The purpose of this grant is to encourage WVU faculty to explore educational technologies/tools that enhance teaching and learning. Broader goals of this grant are to foster the exchange of ideas regarding such technologies among peers and to inform curricular decisions related to technology integration.


Program Eligibility: At this time the program is open to full-time faculty teaching at WVU (including regional campuses). Projects that directly incorporate graduate teaching assistants are encouraged. Questions regarding the proposal process should be routed via email to tlcommons@mail.wvu.edu.


Process: Faculty will propose 1) integrating an emerging educational technology or 2) utilizing an existing technology (e.g. document camera) in an innovative way to enhance student learning. Teaching & Learning Commons will select up to 6 projects of $2,000 or less to be implemented in the upcoming academic year (starting fall 2017). For selected projects, the TLC will purchase the equipment and supplies outlined in the proposal for the associated academic departments (with the understanding that the submitting faculty member will have primary use of the equipment for at least 5 years). Ongoing maintenance and supplies will be the responsibility of academic departments, and therefore Chair approval will be required before awards are finalized.


Outcome: The expected outcome of this grant is the integration of these technologies/tools into at least one course during the next academic year to enhance the student learning experience. Award recipients will be expected to do the following:


  • participate in two post-award consultations within the TLC Sandbox*;
  • provide evidence of how the technology is being incorporated to achieve course objectives;
  • assess the technology impact on student learning outcomes in consultation with TLC staff;
  • create a poster summarizing the project and present at Celebrate 2018.

Application Procedure: Complete the online proposal form by April 15, 2017. Winners will be announced at the Celebrate! 2017 Expo on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Equipment will be purchased and made available to faculty in summer 2017.


Review and Selection: Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and senior staff within the Teaching and Learning Commons. The review criteria will include:


  • Rationale: innovation and feasibility of project implementation;
  • Evaluation Plan: expected impact on student learning;
  • Impact: broader influence on curricular decisions related to technology integration.

* The Teaching & Learning Commons Sandbox is a research and development space for faculty, graduate students and staff to assess and test emerging learning technologies. The Teaching & Learning Commons exemplifies an evidence-based, scholarship approach that incorporates research, exploration, and innovation.