The Office of Digital Learning and the MITx Faculty Advisory Committee request proposals from MIT faculty for development and operation of modules and/or experimentation with tools or content that leverage the edX platform for global and residential audiences in support of the digital learning strategies of MIT schools and departments. 

For the Spring 2017 call, we are now offering two types of grants in response to feedback requesting more flexibility in project type. 

In the call for proposals, we encourage you to propose teaching using digital methods in ways that are not possible in the traditional classroom, that allow the student to experience learning in new ways, and to be tested on his/her progress in learning with new kinds of assessments.

Proposals are due by April 24, 2017.

 

Express Exploration Grant
MITx Modules Grant

MIT Goal

Targeted innovations on the edX platform to be used at MIT and offered globally

Module offerings on the edX platform to be used at MIT and offered globally

Who may be interested

Faculty who want to try something on the platform but don't want to commit to a long module or multiple modules

Faculty who want to share their course or part of their course on the edX platform for global use

Funding

Up to $20K

$20K-100K

Examples

e.g. A new tool or 1-2 week module covering a topic. Something that can benefit more than one course.

e.g. Two 6 week modules based on an MIT course that is transformed into an online experience

Department Support

Required

Required

Key Dates - Spring 2017

  • March 31, 2017 – RFP goes out
  • April 1 thru April 23 – Optional individual meetings with ODL staff available on first come, first served basis, to assist with proposal preparation
  • April 24, 2017 – Proposals due
  • May 19, 2017 – Decisions announced
  • Summer 2017 – Work on projects begins

Objectives for Both Grant Types

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Experiment with research-based learning and teaching practices and describe specifically how student learning will be promoted and measured. Suggested research-based practices and contact information for implementation assistance are included in the "Additional resources" section below.
  • Are modular (definition below) and incorporate other recommendations of the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education
  • Impact both global (MITx on edX) and MIT residential audiences.
  • Have defined metrics for success and descriptions of how these will be measured.
  • Can be reused across MIT
  • Additional Objective for MITx Modules Grant: Support the digital learning strategy of the school or department.  If the department does not yet have a digital-learning strategy, it is less likely that the proposal will receive funding.  Guidelines to assist with developing a departmental digital strategy are included below.

Requirements for Both Grant Types

  • The proposal must be submitted by, and the project must be overseen by, one or more MIT faculty members. 
  • All course authors must sign the MITx contributor IP Agreement & will be operating within these Revenue Guidelines.
  • The lead faculty member(s) must submit a report that summarizes specific results on student learning and other findings including results of their defined project metrics within two months of the MOOC end date
  • A letter of support from the department head must accompany the Proposal.  
    • Express Exploration Grant: Brief letter will suffice.
    • MITx Modules Grant: Ideally, this letter will address the sustainability of the project beyond the funding period.

Additional Requirements for MITx Modules Grant

  • The lead faculty member(s) typically participate(s) throughout the project although development and teaching may also involve students, postdocs, and others.
  • Projects must identify a department-based project coordinator to oversee the project, as appropriate to department size. Experience has shown that involvement of a department-based coordinator greatly enhances project success and timely completion and reduces the burden on lead faculty. ODL provides training, cross-department forums, and a growing digital learning community in which they participate.
  • The lead faculty must present at an upcoming MITx SIG (Special Interest Group) event important learnings from their project.

Proposal preparation and submission

To prepare your proposal, download and complete the following documents:

Meetings are available with ODL staff to help you prepare your proposal. Please email: mitx-grant@mit.edu to request a meeting; Travis Hill will be in touch to schedule it. Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis - we anticipate being fully booked as the submission deadline approaches.

Submit Your Proposal Here

Award information

  • Funding is provided to support content creation, media production, tool development, part-time TA (if needed), undergraduates, and a partially funded (shared) department-based postdoc or lecturer to coordinate the proposed project.  Funding is determined on a case-by-case basis, and varies primarily according to the length of the module and what pre-existing pedagogical resources (problem sets, video clips, etc.) are already available.  Department-based project coordinators ensure that projects adhere to plans and timelines and arrange required support services as needed. The coordinators must participate in the MITx training program and in periodic MITx meetings and conferences.
  • The MITx Modules Grant requires a project coordinator to ensure that projects adhere to plans and timelines. The coordinators must participate in the MITx training program and in periodic MITx meetings and conferences. Department-based project coordinators are preferred.
  • MITx support services for instructional design, media training, technical/platform support, intellectual property consultation and clearance, and accessibility compliance are available.
  • MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab staff are available for initial consultations around assessment.

Additional resources

  • Key research-based practices for teaching and learning are summarized in this document; for advice on how to incorporate them into your proposed module(s), contact: odl-residential@mit.edu. Use this same email address if you would like to develop a residential-only module (which lies outside the scope of this call).
  • Guidelines for creating a departmental digital strategy.
  • Read descriptions of the projects funded in the prior round.
  • See how MIT faculty are currently using the MITx platform in residential classes and globally /in MOOCs.
  • What is a module? A module is a learning unit or segment that can be studied on its own or in sequence with other modules. We use the definition offered in the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education: a self-contained unit comprising a set of outcomes, where an outcome is what the student will know or be able to do as a result of a learning experience and is a driver of the instruction and assessment for the module. To this we add that a module developed for the edX platform would be no more than 1-6 weeks in length (total run time or module duration) and result in a unit reusable by other faculty teaching the same course or another course.

For additional questions or clarification, contact Dana Doyle, Director, MITx Program, at ddoyle@mit.edu.