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Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) Grant

Overview

FITI grants are sponsored by the Information Technology Department to promote the integration of technology in courses at Rollins to enhance teaching and learning.

This program aims to accomplish the following goals:

  • Increase digital literacy skills of students and faculty.
  • Increase student engagement, interaction, and comprehension of course materials through the effective use of technology.
  • Support faculty with the implementation of effective pedagogical practices related to instructional technology by providing a collaborative grant team consisting of an instructional technologist, librarian and the Director of the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development.

Faculty awarded a FITI grant will receive a $2500 stipend for work completed on the grant project (50% of the stipend awarded at the start of the project and 50% upon completion). Additional funds of up to $2500 may be requested to cover costs associated with training, software, or hardware required for the project. Upon completion of the grant project, recipients are required to complete a final report and present the results of the project at a professor to professor lunch and learn. The second half of the stipend will be awarded after these requirements have been met.

Grant recipients will be assigned a project team consisting of an instructional technologist, a librarian, and the Director of the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development and will work collaboratively with this team throughout the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this project. This team will help faculty research, test, design assignments and assessments, provide training for students, and more.

A few examples of FITI grant projects may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • A faculty member successfully utilizes a combination of technologies to expand collaboration and enhance comprehension of the materials presented in class. 
  • A faculty member learns a new technology tool for their field of study and integrates it into the course curriculum by designing a project for students to complete using this technology.
  • A faculty member integrates an emerging technology into their course to support the achievement of course goals.

A sample of previously funded FITI grants is provided below:

  • Alice Davidson: Teaching Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo
  • Todd French: Capturing Narratives and Communicating Worlds with 360 Videos
  • Sheryll Namingit: Video blogging to Demonstrate Real-life Applications of Economic Concepts
  • Mike Gunter: Incorporating GIS (Geographic Information System) into Sustainable Development Cases

Funding Eligibility

Full-time Rollins faculty members with continuing contracts are eligible for FITI grants. If the FSAR is required from your school, grant applications will only be considered from faculty members who have filed their most recent FSAR with their Academic Dean's office.

Permitted Expenditures

  • Grant awards will fund a $2,500 stipend (50% of the stipend awarded at the start of the project and 50% upon successful completion) to the recipient for work completed on the grant project.
  • Software or hardware requests.
    • Please note that software and hardware purchased for a FITI grant is property of Rollins College and may not be kept for individual use following the completion of the grant project.
    • Software and hardware purchases with grant funds will be one-time purchases and cannot be funded or refreshed beyond the scope of the grant.
  • Travel (automobile travel will be funded at the current indexed rate per mile).
  • Per Diem in accordance with federal guidelines.
  • Grants may be funded for a maximum of $5,000, if the budget and number of proposals permits.
  • Funding is typically awarded for a project undertaken during the fiscal year (June-June) following the grant award decision.

Excluded Expenditures

  • Funding for conferences and meetings which can be supported by faculty travel grants.
  • Per Diem expenses for longer than 5 days.
  • Travel for support staff.
  • Car rental expenses in excess of the per diem. 
  • Routine software or hardware upgrades should not be requested through this grant.

Grant Recipient Expectations

  • Project budgets must be spent within the fiscal year of the award, and projects must be completed within the fiscal year in order to receive the second half of the stipend. If your project extends beyond the fiscal year, there is no guarantee that you will receive the second half of the stipend.
  • Any changes to the proposed budget after the grant is awarded must be submitted to the FITI Grant Evaluation Committee for approval.
  • Grant recipients are required to complete an online FITI Grant final report on the outcome of the grant and present the results of the grant at a Professor to Professor (P2P) lunch. The second half of the stipend will be awarded after these requirements have been met.
  • Grant recipients are expected to work collaboratively with their grant team (instructional technologist, librarian, and Endeavor Center) to ensure successful implementation and evaluation of the project. This will involve multiple meetings and check-ins with the grant team members throughout the project.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete the FITI grant online submission form to apply for a grant. The deadline to submit proposals is March 2, 2020.

  • Although proposals can include the use of technology in faculty research, all funded proposals must integrate the use of technology in the classroom within the academic school year. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with an instructional technologist or with the Director of the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development prior to submitting this application. Grant proposals developed with input from an instructional technologist or the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development tend to be more successful.
  • Proposals which involve a course taught by multiple faculty members should be accompanied by a statement from the department head or director, or from the appropriate dean supporting the proposal.

Review of Grant Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed in a spirit of collegiality and there is no discipline-specific review. Grant proposals will first be reviewed by the FITI grant committee (CIO & AVP of Information Technology, Director of Instructional Design & Technology, Director of Olin Library, and a faculty librarian). The FITI grant committee will send funding recommendations for CLA Faculty to the Research and Development Committee for review and endorsement. For Crummer faculty, the FITI Grant Committee will review and approve proposals directly.

Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clearly stated project goals that demonstrate a direct connection of technology to the classroom.
  • Project goals and descriptions that go beyond the scope of projects already supported by the IDT team.
  • The feasibility of accomplishing the project within the one-year timeframe.
  • Clearly defined expenditures with justification of how they relate to the project goals.
  • Skills and resources needed for the project are clearly identified.

Proposals meeting the following criteria will be given priority:

  • Proposals that specifically identify how the entire grant team (e.g., instructional technologist, librarian, Endeavor Center) will be utilized throughout the project.
  • Proposals that actively engage students in the use of technology and support the development of their digital literacy skills throughout the course.
  • Grants that include mechanisms to assess/compare student learning before and after the changes you plan to implement.
  • Proposals by faculty members who have not received more than one Technology Grant within the past three years.

The committee will not review proposals:

  • Submitted after the application deadline
  • With missing information
  • With budget exceeding $5,000, including stipend
  • From faculty members who have not submitted a Final Report on the outcomes of previous grant awards.
  • From faculty members who have not submitted an FSAR for the previous year.

Timeline

  • March 2, 2020: Deadline to submit FITI Grant proposals
  • Mid-March: FITI Grant Committee Reviews Proposals and makes funding recommendations
  • Late March/Early April: Research and Development Committee reviews and endorses funding recommendations for CLA applicants
  • Mid-April: FITI Grant recipients are announced
  • April/May: FITI Grant team meets for project kick-off meeting
  • June: First half of stipend is awarded to grant recipient