E-learning Development Grants (ELDG)

These funds have been made available via the Office of the Vice Provost (Academic and International). A total of £20,000 is available to fund:

  • 20 e-learning development projects (up to £1K): these grants are intended to allow individual academics to work with (paid) undergraduate or postgraduate students to develop e-learning content or activities for use in courses.

Among the benefits will be:

  • for busy academics - personal support from LTSS and an additional resource to help develop materials and learning activities
  • for employed students - useful work experience and the development of useful and marketable skills
  • for all students - development of high quality online learning activities that aid teaching, learning and student support
  • for departments - substantial support for projects improving efficiency and contributing to an enhanced student experience.

While we always like to promote creative and integrated uses of existing technologies at UCL including Moodle, Lecturecast and Electronic Voting systems applications are judged on merit according to the following criteria.

Criteria

All initiatives must:

  • Develop or refine practice at UCL beyond what is currently present in the discipline, making innovative or effective uses of technology to enhance student learning.
  • Include well thought out plans for the continuation of the project after the ELDG funding has discontinued
  • Share and/or evaluate good practice in e-learning.


Particular support will be paid to projects that:

  • Take a departmental or group approach to enhancing the use of technology in teaching and learning.
  • Show innovation in the use of technology to enhance student learning.
  • Increase the value of our physical space, perhaps freeing up classroom time for more engaging, interactive, problem-based learning.
  • Explore the possibilities of distance learning.


Other innovative or imaginative projects which may not readily fall into one of the above categories will also be considered.

Applicants may find it useful to review previous successful bids listed here

Scoping and costing of projects

ELDG funding is normally largely used to cover the cost of student time.  We recognise that it can be difficult to scope e-learning projects and make realistic estimates of the time required and so we are happy to work with proposers to assess the likely student time and expertise required.  Please just indicate hours required on your application form, and not rates of pay. Please contact the Learning Technology Support Service if you would like help in scoping the work in advance of submitting your application


How to apply

Please download and save the ELDG Application Form (Word document) then complete and return it to Learning Technology Support Service.

If you wish to contact the ELDG Steering Committee to discuss your application please contact the Learning Technology Support Service.

Timetable

The deadline for applications for 2012/13 is Monday 4th May 2012.

Applications will be assessed by the ELDG Steering Committee, who hope to make a decision by late May 2011.

Projects should normally be completed by the end of April 2013 and reports submitted by by the end of June 2013.

ELDG Reporting instructions

All ELDG grant-holders are required to produce a short report by the end of June 2013, unless there are circumstances which warrant an extension.

We are keen that as many people as possible are able to learn lessons, and get ideas and inspiration from your experience.  Therefore, in addition to preparing a brief written report (as outlined below), we would like you to talk about and demonstrate your project in a short (5 minute) video which we can make available online. You may have your own ideas about how to do this, but the simplest way we recommend is to use the Lecturecast system to make the recording. We'll be happy to help you use this system to make your video report - just let us know. All you would need to do would be introduce your project and demonstrate its outcomes.

The written report should include the following:

  • Overall aims and objectives
  • Methodology - Explanation of what was done and why
  • Project outcomes - Description and examples of what was achieved or produced
  • Evaluation/reflection - How did the project enhance student learning? How did the outcomes compare with the original aims? How did the project benefit the student workers? How has the project developed your awareness, understanding, knowledge, or expertise in e-learning?
  • Scalability and sustainability - How will the project continue after the ELDG funding has discontinued? Might it be expanded to other areas of UCL?
  • Dissemination - How will the project outputs or results be disseminated to the department, College or externally? Are there other departments which would find value in the project outputs or results?

Please send your written reports to the Learning Technology Support Service. For the video report, please use UCL Dropbox or, if you have already put it online - send us a link. Do let us know if you would like support in recording the video report.

Help and Advice

The Learning Technology Support Service (LTSS) and Centre for Advancement in Learning and Teaching (CALT) can provide both technical and pedagogical advice for applying for a grant, and can provide further advice if an award is made.