Summer Instructional Development Projects
Proposals for Summer Instructional Development Projects (SIDPs) are due March 1, 2016 (by noon). Summer salary stipends are $4,000.
The Office of Instructional Development and the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) award Summer Instructional Development Projects (SIDPs) to faculty working on innovative instructional Projects. The Projects are intended to support instructional development that has the potential to improve the quality of teaching at UND and goes beyond normal course development.
1) Faculty might seek to apply a specific pedagogical approach (e.g., experiential learning, inquiry-based learning, game-based learning, undergraduate research) or use comparable teaching resources (e.g. the SCALE-UP classroom, distance technologies).
2) Faculty might seek to improve certain common types of classes or common subjects that they want to embed in courses that already exist in the curriculum (e.g., adding specific objectives/course content to capstone courses, embedding specific information in courses that give academic structure to internships, or preparing common subject matter for introductory courses).
We encourage consideration of formal workshops (Writing Across the Curriculum or Teaching with Technology) as a tool that individuals can use to improve their Project.
Note: SIDP Projects fund 120 hours of course development work during the period May 16-June 30. The allocation of the course development hours (and associated stipend funds) over this period is at the discretion of the proposers. Because of funding restrictions, all work on SIDPs must be completed by June 30. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure the SIDP stipend does not conflict with other obligations for summer salary and to secure prior approval from the Provost for any overload effort, if needed.
All faculty currently on contract and expected to be teaching at UND the following year are eligible to apply for a SIDP (GTAs and visiting professors are not eligible). Faculty involved in the Project are expected to teach the developed or redesigned courses. Faculty must commit to spending 120 hours of summer work on their Project.
Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted.
Note: If you have a Final Report overdue, you are ineligible for additional OID funding until the report is submitted.
Projects will be evaluated according to the following four criteria:
Rationale for the Proposed Work is Well-Established
What is the Project's significance to the curriculum? Does it address a significant need or opportunity?
Proposed Work Requires a Time Investment Beyond Routine Planning
What work will you do? How much time appears necessary for this work? Is the work above and beyond "routine" course/curriculum planning?
Will this Project have a high impact on student learning? How does this Project relate to your pedagogical approach and philosophy of teaching? Is your proposed Project consistent with best practices in higher education? Is this Project particularly innovative? Can this Project serve as a model of practice for others?
Assessment Plans are Clearly Described and Reasonable
How are you going to evaluate the success of your work? How will you know the proposed Project has met the need or opportunity identified in the earlier section? How are you going to assess student learning that occurs as a result of your Project?
Proposals should be clear, complete & well organized with the following three sections (in this order):
I. The Cover Sheet found below.
II. A Project Description that addresses the following four criteria. Please use these headings to organize this section.
Clearly describe the need or opportunity addressed by the proposed SIDP. Provide all relevant background information. What needs or opportunities will you be addressing? What course or courses will you be working on? Also indicate when the courses listed will be taught. Who normally takes these courses? How often are they offered? How many students generally enroll? Is the course already part of the regular curriculum? If not, what is its status vis-à-vis the department, college, and university curriculum committees? The Committee needs these details to put your proposal in context.
NOTE: In general a course has a distinct number, title and number of credits. If you have a course or courses in your Project that are not distinct according to this definition, please explain and justify their inclusion.
2. Investment of Time
Detail your work plan. Clearly describe what you will do with your time during these 6 weeks of summer. How does the work you propose go beyond "normal course preparation"? What activities will you engage in? What products will you produce?
Clearly describe how the proposed Project will impact student learning. How does this Project relate to your pedagogical approach and philosophy of teaching? What is new or innovative about the pedagogy? How does the proposed work reflect best teaching practices (for example do you incorporate active learning and engagement strategies? do you use a variety of graded and ungraded assessments of student learning?) What strategies are incorporated to promote active learning, student engagement, higher order thinking (ala Bloom's taxonomy) or other known strategies for enhancing learning?
How will you evaluate your work? (For example asking colleagues to review a syllabus and course materials and or writing a reflective self-assessment of the course before, during, and after you teach it, etc.) How will you know the proposed Project has met the need or opportunity identified in the earlier section? How will you assess the impact of the proposed work on student learning? (For example, analyzing student work products in relation to learning outcomes you intend to be achieved in the course or program, perhaps even on a pre and post basis, etc.)What direct and indirect assessment methods will give you meaningful data on student learning in the course?
III. A Supporting Letter from your Chair, showing a clear understanding of the Project and the way it will contribute to the instructional goals of the department. If the Project involves faculty from more than one department or program we ask that the chairs or program directors submit one joint letter of support. If you are the department chair, ask for a letter of support from your dean on behalf of your proposal.
THE CHAIR/S SUPPORTING LETTER MUST COME DIRECTLY FROM THE CHAIR UNDER SEPARATE COVER sent electronically to email@example.com
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Application and Review Procedure
1. Submit your cover sheet and proposal electronically as one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Have appropriate chair submit a letter of support to email@example.com. This supporting letter must be received separately and directly from the reference.
SIDP recipients are asked to file a Preliminary Report on their activity by June 30 of their contracted summer work. More comprehensive Final Reports are due by May 1, 2017. In some cases, that deadline can be extended further to allow for a more complete report.
For more information contact:
For More Information:
Office of Instructional Development
Jeff Carmichael, Acting Director